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November 03, 2008

Man guilty of involuntary manslaughter in stabbing

A 20-year-old Baltimore man has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for his involvement in an altercation that led to the fatal stabbing of a Marine reservist, prosecutors said in a news release yesterday. Maurice Crosby of the 5200 block of Ready Ave. could face up to 10 years in prison for his part in the death of Michael L. Simms in June 2007, the Baltimore state's attorney's office said. The jury acquitted Crosby of first-degree murder in Simms' death, the news release said. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 3. Simms was with two male friends in the first block of S. Chapel St. when two assailants - armed with a knife and a shovel - approached them, according to police. Simms intervened and was stabbed in the chest; he later died at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His friends, ages 18 and 22, were also stabbed, but both survived. A co-defendant, Erica Ammenhauser, 21, of the 200 block of Durham St., pleaded guilty June 10 to conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.

Brent Jones

Carroll schools consider measures to cut costs

The Carroll County school system is considering leaving unfilled positions vacant and reducing workers' out-of-town travel to cut operating budget costs, Superintendent Charles I. Ecker said. "We are all facing difficult economic times, and as a school system we must do our part," Ecker said in a news release, adding that the system's entire operating budget will be scrutinized for possible reductions. "We will reduce the budget wherever we can. However, our number one responsibility is the education of the students," Ecker said. Although the totality of the budget will be under consideration for cuts, school officials want to determine what savings would result from leaving vacancies unfilled. They are also considering reducing the number of commuter miles driven by school system-owned vehicles, as well as cutting back out-of-town travel for professional development.

Joe Burris

League of Women Voters plans election night forum

The Baltimore County Public Library and the League of Women Voters will hold "Election 2008: Returns after Dark," the final installment of the Election 2008 Speaker Series, from 8 p.m. to midnight tomorrow at the Towson library branch, 320 York Road. Participants can watch and discuss the election returns. Political analyst Matthew Crenson, a retired Johns Hopkins University political science professor, will provide commentary throughout the evening. Information: 410-887-6166.

City will not pick up trash on Election Day

Baltimore's Department of Public Works will not be collecting trash tomorrow because of Election Day. City officials said that the Quarantine Road Landfill, the Northwest Transfer Station and the Eastern, Western and Northwestern sanitation yards will be closed for the day. Residents whose trash is normally collected on Tuesday should put their trash out on their next regularly scheduled collection day, which is Friday. Parking meters and regulations in Baltimore will be in effect tomorrow.

Baltimore County to hold disaster drill Wednesday

The Baltimore County Department of Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Management are seeking volunteers to help with a disaster-recovery drill from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday in Dundalk. Volunteers may register for the drill by calling 410-887-2715.

Health Department cites jeweler for high lead levels

An East Baltimore store has been cited by city health officials for selling children's jewelry that contains excessive levels of lead. The Baltimore Health Department reported last week that it found earrings for sale at Street Accessories, 1401 E. Fayette St., that contain more than 450,000 parts per million of lead. City regulations prohibit the sale of children's jewelry in excess of 600 parts per million.

7-year-old girl dies in Princess Anne fire

PRINCESS ANNE: State fire investigators say a young Princess Anne girl was killed in a fire at her home. Firefighters pulled the girl through a second-floor window of the burning house about 5 p.m. Friday. The state fire marshal's office said 7-year-old Dejaiya Jones died of her injuries. Relatives say a neighbor rescued the girl's 97-year-old great-grandmother, Letitia Deshields, before firefighters arrived. The state fire marshal's office is investigating the fire.

Associated Press

Motorcyclist is killed in crash with parked vehicle

THURMONT: A Frederick County motorcyclist was killed Saturday night when he crashed into a parked vehicle on a street in Thurmont, the county sheriff's office said in a news release. James J. Paglianete, 43, of Thurmont was riding a 1991 Harley-Davidson north in the 15000 block of Kelbaugh Road about 8:30 p.m. when he lost control, left the road and crashed into a parked vehicle, the sheriff's office reported. Paglianete was pronounced dead at the scene. It was unclear whether he was wearing a helmet. State police in Pikesville said yesterday that 457 people had died on the state's roads so far this year, compared with 473 at the same time last year.

Richard Irwin

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