City / County Digest


December 05, 2007

Agreement made to create health center for Latinos

Catholic Charities signed an agreement yesterday with three medical providers to open a health center to serve the region's uninsured Latino population.

The center, a joint effort of St. Joseph Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine and St. Agnes HealthCare, is expected to open early next year at Catholic Charities' Hispanic Apostolate at 430 S. Broadway in Fells Point.

The project seeks to expand on a decadelong effort by St. Joseph Medical Center, which makes twice-weekly visits to the Hispanic Apostolate to provide primary care to about 2,000 adults a year. The new center will aim to reach twice as many patients and include pediatric, obstetrical and gynecological services and a bilingual staff.

"Since our Hispanic Apostolate opened in 1963, we have welcomed immigrants and helped them to learn English and assisted them with a wide variety of needs," said Harold A. Smith, executive director of Catholic Charities. "This new center continues Catholic Charities' historic tradition of welcoming immigrants that began in the late 1700s."

Kelly Brewington

Harford County

: Brawl

Judge denies bail to teenage suspect

The seventh suspect in the Nov. 25 Edgewood brawl that left a man paralyzed was denied bail yesterday.

Rakin Raid Muhammad, 17, of Edgewood was charged as an adult with attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.

Muhammad surrendered to authorities at the Harford County Detention Center on Monday.

At yesterday's bond hearing, his attorney, Mark Van Bavel, said Muhammad had witnessed part of the melee but had gone inside his home when he saw things turn violent.

Harford District Judge John L. Dunnigan denied bond after noting that Muhammad is accused in court documents of "violently and repeatedly" striking the victim with a baseball bat and kicking the victim.

A 44-year-old man was left paralyzed from the waist down in the brawl that occurred after a crowd gathered outside his home. Two others were injured in the Nov. 25 incident.

Six of the seven suspects arrested by the sheriffs are teenagers.

Madison Park


: East side

Rowhouse fire burns boy, 11

Fire officials say an 11-year-old boy was injured in a fire at an East Baltimore rowhouse yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters called to the 500 block of N. Milton Ave. shortly before 4 p.m. Officials say they found the boy with burns to his upper body.

He was taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center with second- and third-degree burns and is listed in fair but stable condition.

Associated Press

Fuel theft

Case is now in federal court

Prosecutors in Baltimore have dropped charges against a Prince George's County man accused of hijacking a diesel fuel tanker truck from a Curtis Bay fuel depot because the man now faces federal prosecution.

Willie Orlando McKinnon, 43, of the 4800 block of 66th Ave. in Hyattsville had been charged with armed robbery, hijacking and theft. Authorities accused McKinnon of forcing a driver at gunpoint out of a tanker containing 7,100 gallons of diesel fuel from the Central Point Terminal in the 3100 block of Vera St. in late October. Authorities initially voiced concerns that the theft might be related to terrorism but proof to support those fears did not materialize.

McKinnon faces a single-weapons possession charge in U.S. District Court, said a spokeswoman for the Maryland U.S. Attorney in Baltimore. It was unclear last night when he would appear in court on the new charge.

Matthew Dolan


Forum to discuss changes in the law

The Maryland State Bar Association and the University of Baltimore Graduate Tax Program will sponsor a symposium today on state tax law changes enacted during November's special legislative session.

Panelists - including Comptroller Peter Franchot, members of the state Senate, business representatives and academics from across the political spectrum - will discuss the implications of the state's new tax structure and the possibility that more changes could be on the way, said Jessica R. Lubar, secretary-treasurer of the Maryland State Bar Association's Tax Section Council.

The forum is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Moot Court Room, 1429 Maryland Ave.


College plans program session

An information session on the accelerated college and weekend college programs at the College of Notre Dame is planned for tomorrow at 6 p.m. in Fourier Hall on the college's campus, 4701 N. Charles St. For more information or to make a reservation at the session, call 410-532-5500 or go to

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