Club 410 closed by city police
Police shut down a Northeast Baltimore club Wednesday, a day after an independent hearing examiner ruled that it was a public nuisance. Club 410, in the 4900 block of Belair Road, is the latest business padlocked by the city Police Department, which has sought to crack down on establishments it believes harbor crime and violence. At a hearing last month, club operator Tomeka Harris said only one of the incidents cited by police had taken place inside the club and that others were either unrelated to the business or out of their control. Harris could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Judge reprimanded in dumping case
A Baltimore District Court judge has been privately reprimanded by a state commission for illegally dumping tons of landfill debris into the Patapsco River near his Anne Arundel County house. The Maryland Commission in Judicial Disabilities disciplined Judge Askew W. Gatewood Jr. for violating three canons of judicial conduct. The panel's April 1 report said the violations came when he pleaded not guilty to criminal charges for dumping landfill debris on the shoreline behind his Riviera Beach home. The judge and real estate developer was found guilty June 2 of unlawfully filling in wetlands without a license. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.
Speed called factor in cyclist's death
Anne Arundel County police reported Wednesday that excessive speed apparently contributed to the death Sunday night of a Glen Burnie man who lost control of the motorcycle he was driving on a Pasadena road. Police said Charles F. Taylor, 35, of the 1200 block of Sharon Drive was operating a 1993 Suzuki motorcycle west on Route 100 near Route 10 shortly before 9 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a right curve, left the roadway and crashed into a guardrail. Police said Taylor, the lone rider, suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.