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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | November 4, 1994
A Pittsburgh-based contractor was accused yesterday of bribing a Baltimore Housing Authority employee -- the fifth person charged in an ongoing federal probe into corruption in the city's public housing agency.Michael E. Wilson, president of Classic Contractors Inc., was charged by federal prosecutors with conspiring with one of his managers to give cash payments and a Florida golfing trip worth a total of $17,031.53 to a Housing Authority engineer who administered repair contracts.The others charged in the probe -- two contractors and two authority employees -- have pleaded guilty.
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By Antero Pietila and Antero Pietila,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2004
A second top manager of Baltimore's troubled public housing operation has resigned, city officials said yesterday. Michael Kramer, who oversaw the day-to-day operation of the Section 8 program and supervised a staff of about 200, quit abruptly and left his job last week, according to spokesman Melvin Edwards. Kramer could not be reached for comment. During his two years here, Kramer was known for his volatile temper and brusque behavior. But even his critics acknowledged that he did his best to turn around the housing authority's subsidy program for about 12,000 low-income renters.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | August 22, 2003
More than a dozen survivors of two fatal fires in a city-owned apartment building filed suit yesterday against Baltimore and its housing authority, alleging that officials knew the building was not fire safe and did nothing to fix it. The lawsuit, filed in Baltimore Circuit Court, seeks $9.75 million on behalf of 15 residents and former residents of a building at Lakeview Towers, two connected high-rises at 717 and 727 Druid Park Lake Drive, across from...
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,Staff Writer | January 13, 1994
A Baltimore City Housing Authority engineer pleaded guilty yesterday to soliciting a $2,500 bribe from a contractor in exchange for helping the company get $150,000 worth of work at the George B. Murphy Homes.John L. Dutkevich, 46, of Timonium will be sentenced March 30.As part of a plea agreement, he admitted accepting more than $25,000 in bribes in connection with Housing Authority contracts between 1990 and 1993, including the $2,500 from Pittsburgh-based Classic Contractors Inc. in 1990.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | August 29, 2002
The city Housing Authority city has sent out 18 layoff notices as part of a restructuring effort to improve the department's efficiency, officials said yesterday. The authority plans to rehire many workers in the next two months. But the department will save about $100,000 by eliminating one management position in the public housing section, said Paul T. Graziano, the housing commissioner. All 18 employees will have to reapply for redesigned positions, and not all of them will necessarily be rehired.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Staff Writer | January 20, 1993
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has hired a private attorney to study ways to improve the management of the troubled Housing Authority of Baltimore City.Edward Hitchcock was hired by the mayor on Monday -- the day Housing Authority Executive Director Robert W. Hearn shook up the authority's top management by firing Deputy Executive Director Juanita Clark Harris and transferring James Martin, director of the division of housing management, to work on special projects...
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Staff Writer | August 27, 1993
The chief of Baltimore's Housing Authority yesterday scrapped the policy of granting maintenance workers "heat leave," saying they can't be given time off when there is a backlog of 30,000 requests for repairs in public housing.Daniel P. Henson III, the authority's executive director, indefinitely suspended a provision in the workers' contract that gives them the rest of the day off if the temperature reaches 90 degrees or higher with 55 percent humidity by noon.He cited a clause in the contract that allows the authority to keep its 430 maintenance workers on in emergency situations.
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February 2, 1993
The warning signs are all there. The Annapolis Housing Authority is headed for serious trouble again. Suspicious bidding procedures, an ongoing federal audit, waning support from housing commission members -- these problems are casting a )) shadow over Executive Director Harold S. Greene.Four years ago, Mr. Greene was hailed as a savior of Annapolis' public housing operation while his predecessor, Arthur G. Strissel Jr., went to federal prison for fraud, bid-rigging and taking bribes. While there is no indication that the current troubles are in this league, Mr. Greene'e tendency to dismiss them as "blown out of proportion" could spell trouble.
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By Paul Shread and Paul Shread,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1990
Alicia Johnson of Annapolis rubbed her eyes, unhappy with the craft beads she got for a Christmas present."What's the long face about?" asked Veta Covert, director of education and recreation for the Annapolis Housing Authority. "Don't you like your present?"Johnson shook her head. "I'll get you another one," Covert said.Johnson, a Newtowne 20 resident, opened the new present. Her face beamed when she found a Barbie doll inside.Johnson was one of 70 kids whose lives were brightened Friday night at Anne Arundel Community College.
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