Baltimore County Digest

February 08, 2008

Fire officer, county reach settlement

A fire lieutenant who has been in a prolonged dispute about disciplinary action taken against him has reached a settlement with the county, his lawyer said yesterday.

William J. Gilbert will retire in March after 25 years of service in the department and will keep his pension, John M. Singleton, his lawyer, said.

Last month, an administrative hearing board recommended that Gilbert be fired for failing to properly report a work-related injury.

Gilbert has withdrawn a federal lawsuit against the county, court records show.

County spokeswoman Ellen J. Kobler declined to comment on the case, saying it is a personnel matter.

An important part of the settlement, Singleton said, is that county has agreed to negotiate a new administrative disciplinary hearing procedure.

Laura Barnhardt

Registry

Sex-offenders' addresses sought

County police said yesterday that they are trying to find five registered sex offenders who have failed to provide their current addresses to the Maryland Sex Offender Registry.

The individuals and their last known address are: Thomas Leo Sikalis, 66, of the 1900 block of Victory Drive; Walter Jerry English Jr., 55, of the 2700 block of Dunglen Court; Robert Eugene Paxton, 46, of the first block of Clyde Ave.; John William Ransier, 40, of the 700 block of Lannerton Road; and April Lynn Carey (also known as April Peterson), 29, of the 600 block of Beverley Road.

Anyone with information about them is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587. Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2.000.

Ellie Baublitz

Stevenson

College names dean of business school

Villa Julie College named Shelton Rhodes yesterday to be the dean of its newly formed School of Business and Leadership, scheduled to open in the fall.

Rhodes is chairman of the Department of Management, Marketing, Economics and Public Administration at Bowie State University, where he has taught since 1995. He will start work May 15 at Villa Julie.

The new school will bring together Villa Julie's business, paralegal and information-technology programs. A 60,000-square-foot building for the School of Business and Leadership is under construction at the Owings Mill campus.

Volunteers

Mentors, advocates wanted by CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Baltimore County (CASA) is seeking citizen volunteers to train as advocates and mentors for abused and neglected children in foster care.

An information meeting on the program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pikesville library branch. Registration and information: 410-828-0515.

Catonsville

CCBC campus offers free tax-return help

The Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville campus is offering free tax assistance to those who need help filing their state or federal tax returns but can't afford an accountant or tax service.

Information: 410-455-4117.

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