Digest

November 08, 2007

Voter turnout is down from recent off years

Turnout for Tuesday's general election was low, compared with that of recent off-year voting for mayor and City Council.

By 7 p.m., 37,094 voters had gone to the polls, according to unofficial results provided by Armstead B.C. Jones Sr., the city's elections director. Jones estimated that 5,000 to 6,000 more voters showed up from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The early number compares with 82,212 voters by 7 p.m. in the mayoral general election in 1999, 66,403 voters in 1995, 78,824 in 1991, and 113,775 in 1987, Jones said.

Official results will be completed next week.

Sumathi Reddy

Baltimore

: Greek festival

Street closings to begin today

Street closings for this weekend's Athenian Agora festival at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore's Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood will begin today, city transportation officials said.

The festival begins tomorrow and ends Sunday. West Preston Street between Maryland Avenue and Cathedral Street will be closed -- and parking will be banned -- from 8 a.m. today until 6 a.m. Monday.

Motorists headed west on Preston Street will be directed south onto Maryland Avenue, west onto Chase Street, north onto Howard Street and back onto Preston.

Howard County

: Columbia

Man sentenced in false-ID case

A 30-year-old man who had been living in Howard County was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in federal prison and two years of supervised probation for producing more than 100 false U.S. identification documents, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Oscar Cilia-Roa admitted in court to having used two homes in Columbia to make false U.S. immigration documents and Social Security Administration documents, federal prosecutors said. They said Cilia-Roa produced the documents from June 2006 until May. As part of his plea agreement, Cilia-Roa agreed to be deported to his native Mexico after serving his sentence.

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