July 12, 2008

State grant targets city prostitution

The city state's attorney's office has been awarded a $71,000 state grant to hire a licensed social worker to help women charged in prostitution cases, the prosecutor's office announced. State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy said a common complaint at community meetings is how to deal with nuisance crimes, such as prostitutes who linger in front of homes and leave drug syringes and condoms littering residential streets.

"There is no question that this type of crime has a direct and daily impact on our city's quality of life," Jessamy said in a statement. "But I believe with proper treatment and early intervention, these offenders can and will turn their lives around, and when that happens everybody wins."

The social worker will be based out of Hargrove District Court and will work on cases from the Central, Southern and Southwestern police districts.

The idea for the social worker came out of a task force of residents from Brooklyn and Curtis Bay who were concerned by an increase in prostitutes working in their neighborhoods and of men driving around residential streets looking for women.

Grant money is being provided by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

Baltimore County


Father backing son accused in killing

The father of a teenager accused of bludgeoning his mother to death in their Riderwood home says he will do everything he can to support his son.

Lewin C. Powell Jr. read a statement yesterday at the Randallstown office of his son's attorneys. He said Lewin C. Powell III is "a great kid," adding, "I am still grieving for my wife, and I am also fighting for my son."

Lewin Powell III has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing in May of his mother, Donna Campbell-Powell. Police say the 16-year-old attacked his mother with a baseball bat after an argument over his grades. He is also accused of attempted murder in an attack on his father.

The younger Powell's attorneys said they plan to argue that he was not criminally responsible for his mother's death, pending the result of a psychiatric evaluation. They are also seeking to have his case moved to juvenile court.

Associated Press

Sparrows Point

Driver sought in hit-and-run

County police said yesterday they are seeking the driver in a hit-and-run Tuesday night that injured three teenage pedestrians.

The teens were walking north along the southbound shoulder of Sparrows Point Road near Sycamore Avenue when the southbound vehicle swerved onto the shoulder, striking the three, police said. The driver left the scene.

Police said Jessica Wisniewski, 15, of the 3200 block of Grace Road was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with minor injuries; Kelsey Schultz, 15, of the 4200 block of Rovers Edge Way was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries; and Amanda Dixon, 18, of the first block of Pelczar Ave. was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The vehicle could be a pickup truck with a cargo cap or a sport utility vehicle, police said. It likely has a damaged right front headlight and right front fender, as well as a missing right-side mirror.

Police asked that anyone with information call them at 410-307-2020.


Cancer benefit set for tomorrow

The Pikesville Chamber of Commerce will hold "Miles that Matter: Pikesville 5K Run/Walk" tomorrow to benefit the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.

The race starts at 8 a.m. at 1829 Reisterstown Road, next to Festival at Woodholme. Registration for the 5K race is $30 before Sunday and $35 on race day. Those age 65 and older may enter either the 5K or a one-mile fun run for $20.

Information: 410-484-2337.


Summer camp set at senior centers

Baltimore County will hold its Grandparents and Grandchildren Summer Camp program from Monday to Aug. 7 at various senior centers.

Sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays at Parkville, Tuesdays at Ateaze, Wednesdays at Cockeysville, and Thursdays at Liberty. The cost is $20 per child for ages 5 to 12.

A variety of activities will be offered for grandparents to do with their grandchildren. Registration is required.

Information: 410-887-2970.

Carroll County


Meeting set Tuesday on bridge project

The State Highway Administration will hold an information meeting about the Route 97 Morgan Bridge project from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at South Carroll High School, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield.

The project, scheduled for summer 2009, will include replacing the bridge's concrete deck, which was built in 1959; cleaning and painting the bridge's steel beam; and resurfacing roadway approaches.

The SHA's plan is to keep one lane open during the project, with temporary traffic signals at both ends of the bridge.

The informal meeting will include illustrations of the work area, and SHA staff members will answer questions and take comments about traffic concerns relating to the project.

Information: 800-635-5119.

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