City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

July 30, 2008

Pristoop is Annapolis police chief

Michael A. Pristoop has been named chief of the Annapolis Police Department, three months after he was brought in on an interim capacity.

Mayor Ellen O. Moyer made the announcement Monday night after discussing the move with the city council in a closed session. Last month, she called off a nationwide search for a new chief, though two weeks ago, her spokesman insisted that Pristoop's "interim" tag would remain.

Pristoop, 42, previously led the Maryland General Services police and worked for more than 20 years in the Baltimore Police Department. He succeeded Joseph S. Johnson as the city and state announced plans for a crime prevention program amid a spike in killings.

He has won praise from the community and city leaders, and statistics show that crime has decreased during his brief tenure.

Justin Fenton

Baltimore

Courts

Retrial granted in 1998 killings

A 43-year-old man who has been granted a retrial in the killing of two people in Reservoir Hill in 1998 - a crime witnessed by the 4-year-old daughter of one of the victims - pleaded not guilty yesterday and is scheduled to be tried Dec. 2 in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Kenneth D. Perry was convicted in 2001 and sentenced to life without parole plus 50 years in the killings of LaShawn Jordan, 22, and her friend, Kelly Bunn, 21, who was three months' pregnant. At Perry's trial, Jewel Williams, then 7, testified that she saw the shootings and stayed with the bodies for two days to care for her mother and 1-year-old brother.

The Baltimore state's attorney's office agreed to retry the case after prosecutors found statements that the girl had made to police that had not been turned over to defense attorneys. In those statements, she told police that the shooter had been wearing a mask.

Roadwork Intersection closed near Camden Yards Motorists coming into Baltimore from the south will likely face delays through Monday while the city's Department of Transportation rebuilds an intersection near where Interstate 395 ends at the Camden Yards baseball stadium.

Traffic backed up yesterday morning on northbound Interstate 95, I-395, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Russell Street as drivers sought alternate routes.

David Brown, a spokesman for the transportation department, said workers are rebuilding the intersection of Howard and Pratt streets and have closed Howard Street between Conway and Pratt streets until Monday.

UB law center

Architect Lewis to advise on project

Roger K. Lewis, a noted Maryland architect and educator, will serve as adviser and facilitator for the design competition that the University of Baltimore is holding to select an architect for the $107 million law center it plans to build at Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue.

The Abell Foundation is providing $150,000 to entice designers to enter the competition, and Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos has pledged $5 million to help fund construction. Lewis, a retired University of Maryland professor, served as adviser for the design competitions held select architects for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park and the law school at Catholic University in Washington.

Edward Gunts

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