City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

September 29, 2007

Baltimore : Courts

Man convicted of fatal shooting

A Baltimore Circuit Court jury convicted a 26-year-old man yesterday of shooting two men, one fatally, in January last year, the city state's attorney's office said.

Mark Lee Johnson of the 2600 block of Quantico Ave. in Northwest Baltimore faces a maximum 80 years in prison when he is sentenced before Judge John N. Prevas on Nov. 19. Prosecutors said he was convicted of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and two handgun violations.

Police said that Johnson approached Antwoine Armstead, 21, and Andre Gibbs, 22, as they were getting into a parked car in the 3300 block of W. Belvedere Ave. Police said Johnson shot Armstead several times and then shot Gibbs as the victim tried to run away.

Armstead, shot seven times, died at Sinai Hospital. Gibbs survived.

Education

Academic officer resigns position

Marilyn Perez, Baltimore's area academic officer for middle schools, resigned yesterday, the second major departure in the city school system since Chief Executive Officer Andres Alonso's arrival in June. Chief Academic Officer Linda Chinnia resigned on the first day of school this year.

Perez will be replaced on an interim basis by Michael Zajdel, who works in the system with middle schools and principals.

Traffic

Mulberry to close for block party

Mulberry Street between Payson and Monroe streets in West Baltimore will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for a block party and festival.

Baltimore's Department of Transportation said message signs will be posted at Warwick Avenue to warn motorists of the closure.

N. Wolfe to close for construction

North Wolfe Street between Ashland Avenue and Madison Street in East Baltimore will be closed today and tomorrow for construction work that involves cranes, the city's Department of Transportation said.

The street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Trash

Haulers warned about pickup times

Baltimore health officials sent a letter to private waste haulers yesterday reminding them that city law prohibits the collection of trash before 7 a.m. or after 11 p.m. in residential areas.

The warning follows complaints by residents in Mount Vernon who said their sleep was being disturbed by early-morning trash pickup. Waste removal firms who fail to comply with the law face penalties, according to a copy of the Sept. 28 letter provided to The Sun.

Residents had complained that trash trucks operated by Waste Management Inc. - one of about 20 private waste haulers - were collecting garbage well before 7 a.m.

Lynn Anderson

Annapolis

: Naval Academy

Ruppersberger named to board

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Maryland Democrat, was named to the Naval Academy's Board of Visitors, a 15-member panel of civilian lawmakers, education professionals and military retirees with an oversight role over the school, his office announced yesterday. He was appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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