Car hits two boys outside Arundel school

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 12, 2007

Two boys were hospitalized yesterday after they stepped into the path of a moving car in front of an Anne Arundel County elementary school, fire and police officials said.

The boys, students at Brock Bridge Elementary School in Laurel, tried to cross Brock Bridge Road about 200 feet south of the crosswalk about 9 a.m. when they were struck by a Dodge Neon, police said.

A 10-year-old fifth-grader was flown to Children's Hospital in Washington with serious injuries, said Lt. Frank Fennell, a county fire spokesman.

The car's bumper just grazed the second boy's leg, Fennell said. The 9-year-old fourth-grader was treated at Laurel Regional Hospital and released. He returned to school by the end of the day, said Bob Mosier, a county schools spokesman.

Guidance counselors were available yesterday to talk to other students who witnessed the accident, Mosier said.

The Neon's driver, Raphael Baako, 21, of Upper Marlboro, was not injured.

Police said pedestrian error appeared to be the primary factor in the collision, and speed was not a factor.

Baltimore

: The Block

Liquor board fines club $700

The city liquor board levied a $700 fine yesterday against a strip club on The Block where undercover police officers said a dancer offered them sex in exchange for money.

The club, Foxy Lady, at 16 Custom House Ave., was fined for prostitution and two other violations, according to liquor board Commissioner Elizabeth Smith.

A Foxy Lady dancer allegedly told an undercover vice detective March 26 that she would have sex with him if he paid her $150, according to testimony at yesterday's liquor board meeting. The board levied a $500 fine, the maximum amount for a first-time offense, Smith said.

Foxy Lady also received $100 fines a piece for health code violations and failure to cooperate with authorities, Smith said.

The strip club was closed for a three-day period in December after a city health inspector discovered used condoms in the VIP room, roaches and other unsanitary conditions, according to police reports.

Lawyers for Foxy Lady yesterday argued that the closure cost the club $30,000 in business, Smith said.

"We took that into consideration with the $100 fine," Smith said. "They were closed and suffered a significant financial loss."

The Block is the nickname for adult book stores and strip clubs in the 400 block of E. Baltimore St., as well as several side streets. The city liquor board is a state agency that enforces Baltimore's liquor laws and monitors the activities of liquor establishments.

Brent Jones

Morgan State

Homecoming parade to close roads

The Morgan State University homecoming parade will cause road closures and parking restrictions Saturday, the city Transportation Department has announced.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. from The Alameda and Chinquapin Parkway, proceeds south on The Alameda, then east on Cold Spring Lane, then south on Hillen Road, where it will disband. The parade is expected to last about two hours.

Street closures involve Hillen Road from Argonne Drive to Cold Spring Lane, beginning at 8:30 a.m.; The Alameda from Belvedere Avenue to Cold Spring Lane, at 8:45 a.m.; and Cold Spring Lane from The Alameda to Hillen Road, at 8:45 a.m.

Northbound traffic along The Alameda will be detoured west on Cold Spring, to north on York Road, to east on Belvedere Avenue, and back north on The Alameda.

Southbound traffic along The Alameda will be detoured west on Belvedere Avenue, to south on York Road, to east on Cold Spring Lane, back to The Alameda.

Westbound Cold Spring Lane traffic will be detoured north on Hillen Road, west on Woodbourne Avenue, south on York Road back to Cold Spring Lane.

Eastbound Cold Spring Lane traffic will be detoured south on The Alameda, to east on Argonne Drive, to north on York Road back to Cold Spring Lane.

Courts

Drug charges net 10-year sentence

A Baltimore man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on drug charges, according to the city state's attorney's office.

Freddie Curry, 36, of the 1600 block of Chilton St., was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was also convicted of conspiracy charges, the office said in a news release.

In December, undercover police saw Curry engaging in hand-to-hand exchanges involving drugs and money in the 1100 block of North Carrollton Ave., the release said.

Curry was one of a handful of men who were videotaping city police on the streets last fall to illustrate what they called overly aggressive police behavior.

Curry shot a video of his uncle being arrested that made headlines and was posted on Internet video site YouTube. The video showed officers pushing the uncle to the ground. Charges eventually were dropped against the uncle.

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