City / County Digest


August 20, 2008



Digital TV meeting set for tonight

Consumers can learn more about next year's digital television transition and sign up for a $40 coupon for a converter box at the Baltimore State Office Center tonight.

The state Department of General Services will host experts from the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the National Association of Broadcasters. They will discuss the change from analog broadcast signals to digital. Technicians will also demonstrate how to use the boxes.

The change will occur Feb. 17, 2009, and will affect anyone who relies on set-top or rooftop antennae to pick up television signals.

The meeting is open to the public from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the State Office Center, 201 W. Preston St.

Federal court

Man, 33, sentenced for drug crimes

A Forestville man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison in a gun and cocaine distribution case, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.

Roberto Garcia, 33, sold cocaine to undercover detectives four times in 2006 and was arrested on a fifth occasion. Just before he was arrested, Garcia swallowed a quantity of crack cocaine and later had to be admitted to a hospital, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein's office. Officers recovered an additional 1.32 grams of cocaine and $1,040 from Garcia, as well as a semiautomatic handgun, nine rounds of ammunition and $4,830 from his home. It was illegal for Garcia, who had twice been convicted on felony charges, to have the gun and ammunition.

Garcia was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.

Harford County


Toddler recovering from pit bull attack

An 18-month-old Aberdeen boy remained in Johns Hopkins' Children's Center yesterday, recovering from surgery to close head wounds suffered Monday in a pit bull attack at the home of his day care provider.

Demetrius Allen was in good condition and might soon be released from the hospital, officials said yesterday.

The dog, an 18-month-old male, was destroyed yesterday.

Aberdeen police said they would not charge Anita Brunke, the day care provider, who declined to comment on the incident.

"Our officers have said there was no criminal intent involved in this incident," said Sgt. Frederick Budnick, city police spokesman. "This was just an issue of not paying full attention to the child."

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