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CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

August 15, 2007

Conaway gets courthouse workers' endorsement

Frank M. Conaway Sr., the clerk of Baltimore's Circuit Court and a candidate for mayor, received the endorsement yesterday of the union representing courthouse employees.

Arthur "Pat" Kelly, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3674, which represents about 200 court workers, said the group will back Conaway's candidacy in part because he has supported its efforts to repair the city's dilapidated court buildings.

Kelly said the union intends to hold a rally to support Conaway this morning at Calvert and Fayette streets.

John Fritze

Baltimore

: West side

Man eluding police dies in bridge fall

A man who fell off a bridge over U.S. 40 in West Baltimore yesterday afternoon while trying to elude police was struck by a car and killed, a police spokesman said.

Eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. 40 were closed as police investigated, causing rush-hour delays and detours for drivers, said Agent Donny Moses.

Members of the Citywide Operations Unit were chasing a man at Harlem Avenue and Kirby Lane about 4:30 p.m. when the man ran onto Franklin Street and climbed over a fence at the top of the U.S. 40 bypass, Moses said.

The man, who was suspected of a handgun violation, then tried to maneuver along the wall at the top of the bypass when he fell about 50 feet to the road below, Moses said. He was struck by a westbound 2005 Chevy Malibu and pronounced dead at the scene, the spokesman said.

Police have not identified the man. A handgun was recovered from his waistband, Moses said.

No one else was injured, he said.

Liz Kay

U.S. Court

Man gets 11 years for bank robberies

A Baltimore man who pleaded guilty to robbing nine area banks in nine weeks was sentenced yesterday to a little over 11 years in prison, federal prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge William D. Nickerson also ordered that Antonia Damon Hurd, 31, will have to serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution to the banks for a total of $31,844.

Prosecutors said Hurd robbed the banks between April 5, 2006, to June 8, 2006, usually by handing a teller a note demanding money.

The banks he robbed are: Wachovia Bank on Frederick Road in Baltimore; Provident Bank in Owings Mills; BB&T Bank in Timonium; Wachovia Bank in Jessup; Wachovia Bank in Timonium; Sun Trust Bank in Reisterstown; Susquehanna Bank in Owings Mills; Provident Bank in Ellicott City; and Wachovia Bank in Glen Burnie.

Anne Arundel

: Linthicum

Blast that injured boy, 16, is probed

Anne Arundel County police and fire officials, the state fire marshal's office and federal authorities are investigating an explosion yesterday at the home of a 16-year-old Linthicum boy that extensively damaged the boy's hands.

The boy, whose name was not released, was airlifted to the hand-injury center at Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital. His condition was unavailable last night.

An initial report that the explosion was the result of a pipe bomb caused police to warn neighbors to stay in their homes. Hours after the incident, county police were awaiting a warrant to allow them into the house to search for whatever caused the explosion, said Lt. Shawn Jones, a spokesman for the county Fire Department.

Authorities said the boy's mother was home at the time of the explosion, reported about 5:30 p.m. yesterday on Silky Oak Court.

Richard Irwin

Annapolis

NAACP branch's leadership discussed

Representatives from the national office of the NAACP met in an Annapolis church last night to discuss the leadership of the Anne Arundel County chapter of the national civil rights organization.

The Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III, chief of field operations for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, declined to comment on the meeting except to say that Wayne Jearld, the embattled head of the county chapter, remains president. Jearld also declined to comment, as did all others who left First Baptist Church in Annapolis about 9 p.m. after the meeting.

Jearld, who became president of the Anne Arundel chapter in January after a close election last fall, has been criticized by local members and longtime county civil rights activists for having an abrasive leadership style that is contrary to the group's aims.

Bradley Olson

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