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August 22, 2007

Male sitatunga set to make its debut at zoo next month

A male sitatunga named Jett is set to make his public debut at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore next month, zoo officials say.

Jett, a swamp-dwelling antelope indigenous to Central Africa was born July 30. The calf weighs 10 pounds and described by zoo officials as "strong and healthy."

Jett's parents are 10-year-old E.J. and 8-year-old Joanie. Joanie carried her calf for about eight months.

The parents are off exhibit, allowing time for the pair to continue bonding and for Jett to continue growing.

The Maryland Zoo's sitatunga herd is made up of seven animals, including Jett.

Nicole Fuller

Baltimore

: U.S. District Court

Man gets 15 years for dealing cocaine

A 37-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison for dealing crack cocaine, according to federal prosecutors.

Dantangnan Pittman also will be on four years of supervised probation upon his release. Prosecutors said the defendant is a career offender who has been convicted twice of distributing drugs.

Guatemalan admits selling false papers

A 21-year-old citizen of Guatemala who is in the U.S. illegally was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in prison for producing and selling false identity documents, federal prosecutors said.

Osver Matias, who lived in Marydel, on the Eastern Shore near the Delaware line, was ordered by the judge to cooperate with authorities and forfeit two laptop computers, three cellular phones, two laminators, two cameras, a printer and $671, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

According to his guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Matias entered the United States in September last year and began counterfeiting Social Security cards and other documents and selling them.

Greenmount Ave.

2 seized, 2 sought in dirt-bike thefts

Two teenage boys have been arrested and at least two others are sought after youths broke into a warehouse early Monday and stole at least six off-road-only dirt bikes that had been confiscated by police and were destined for needy children in Africa, police said.

The unlicensed bikes, along with more than 20 others that police had seized because they were being driven illegally on city streets and lack headlights and turn signals, were being stored in a warehouse in the 1400 block of Greenmount Ave.

Eastern District Sgt. Laron Wilson said someone called 911 about 1:40 a.m. Monday and reported that several youths had broken into the warehouse and were riding off on the dirt bikes.

A short time later, police arrested two youths, one 14 and the other 17, and recovered at least two bikes. The youths were charged as juveniles with burglary and theft.

Anyone knowing the names and whereabouts of the other youths and the missing bikes is urged to call the Eastern District at 410-396-2433.

Richard Irwin

Lyndhurst Park

Ground broken for rec center gym

City officials yesterday broke ground for what they say will be Baltimore's first newly constructed gymnasium at a recreation center in more than 30 years. Construction on the $1.8 million gymnasium - to be at the Edgewood Recreation Center in Lyndhurst Park - is expected to begin in the spring. The recreation center opened in 2005, and at the time it was Baltimore's first new recreation center in more than 20 years. The center is expected to be used by residents of the Allendale, Irvington and South Hilton neighborhoods.

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