Cemetery vandals hunted
City police said they are pursuing a tip in the case of a Jewish cemetery that was vandalized over the weekend.
Sgt. Ronald Cooper of the Southeastern District said today that police have received an anonymous phone tip about a juvenile who may have been responsible for knocking over and damaging 256 headstones.
Police said investigators planned to interview the suspect this afternoon.
Police said vandals entered the Hebrew-Friendship Cemetery in the 3600 block of East Baltimore Street Saturday night or early yesterday and toppled the headstones. Those made of sandstone may be impossible to repair.
The lack of anti-Semitic signs has led police to believe the damage was the work of someone who thought that disturbing the graves in the 13-acre cemetery was a joke.
Cooper said that police have "interviewed numerous persons in the neighborhood who could have seen something from their homes, but nothing came from that."
This was the first vandalism incident at Hebrew-Friendship in three years, Cooper added.
The broken and toppled headstones were discovered yesterday morning by Terry Bush, a caretaker, as he prepared to cut the grass.
Bush quickly toured the cemetery and counted 256 headstones knocked off their bases. Some fell on the grass and were not broken, but others fell on pavements and driveways and broke into pieces.
Police said some of the headstones are more than 100 years old.
Several relatives of people buried at the cemetery arrived yesterday for prayer services at the graves and cried when they saw the destruction.
Police said anyone having information about the vandalism is urged to call the Southeastern District station at 396-2422. Information will be kept confidential, police said.
Agencies receive $1.2 million
State and local agencies in Maryland that help crime victims have been awarded $1.2 million from the federal government in what amounts to an annual split of fines and forfeiture profits collected in federal civil and criminal cases.
U.S. Attorney Richard D. Bennett, who announced the awards Friday, said the money was distributed by the Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime.
The money was collected through special assessments levied against individual and corporate defendants in criminal cases in federal courts nationwide, through civil fines imposed by federal judges and through the forfeitures of property and other assets by drug dealers and other criminals.
Individual defendants convicted of crimes are required to pay the government a $50 special assessment for each offense. Corporate defendants must pay $100 special assessments for each offense. The assessments are imposed at sentencings.
The programs in Maryland that were awarded the funds provide services to victims of sexual assaults, spouse and child abuse, survivors of murder victims and victims of drunken-driving accidents.
Steven Hess, victim-witness coordinator in Bennett's office, said the federal government distributes up to $150 million a year from the crime victims' fund. The money is distributed to each state on a population basis.
Bail set in assault
Anne Arundel County
Bail of $200,000 has been set for a south Anne Arundel County man on charges that he severely beat his girlfriend and infant son and assaulted five other people, including a police officer, at a trailer park.
Police at the Southern District said Charles Steven Kuhfahl, 34, of the 4700 block of Flanders Lane near Patuxent River Park, was arrested at the park and remains in the county detention center pending a bail review hearing today in District Court.
Kuhfahl was charged with assault with intent to kill his wife and son, multiple charges of common assault, theft and assaulting a police officer.
Police said the man was under the influence of the drugs PCP and LSD at the time of the attacks and he was nude when
Kuhfahl was arrested early Saturday near his mobile home after his common-law wife, Jacqueline Mayhew, 40, and the couple's 7-month-old son, Steven Brandon Kuhfahl, were beaten with a blunt object, police said.
Mayhew and the baby sustained serious head and body injuries and were found unconscious in a bedroom, police said.
Police said Mayhew remains in critical condition at the Prince George's County Shock-Trauma Center. The baby was listed in serious condition today at the Children's National Medical Center in the District of Columbia. After the attack, the man broke into two other mobile trailers and attacked their occupants with his fists and the butt of a rifle he took from the wall of one of the homes, police said.
Officer John Ignatavious, one of the first of several police officers on the scene, grappled with Kuhfahl while attempting to arrest him and received a dislocated wrist. Ignatavious was treated at a hospital and relieved of duty.
Steinberg 'surprised' by call
Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg said Friday he was "surprised" to get a telephone call from Assistant State Prosecutor Scott Nevin, since he knew he was on a list of potential defense witnesses in former Baltimore County Councilman Gary Huddles' theft case. Steinberg said the call did not intimidate him into shying away from being a witness in the campaign finance case because he has never borrowed his own campaign money for personal use. He added, however, that he does think that such calls could have a different effect on elected officials who have borrowed their own campaign money. He said he called Huddles' attorneys merely to inform them of the state's interest in defense witnesses.
Huddles is charged with theft for borrowing $50,379 of his campaign fund that was left over from a 1985 fund-raiser. He did not run for office again after 1985 but borrowed the money in 1987 to cover personal stock market losses. He paid it back in 1989, before disbursing the leftover money to charities and contributors.
Huddles was indicted in July after charges were brought by State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli.
Attorneys for Huddles filed a motion seeking a court order to bar prosecutors from contacting defense witnesses. A hearing on that motion is scheduled for later this week.
The motion claimed that Steinberg was intimidated into thinking he could be a target of the prosecution because Nevin asked if he had ever borrowed his own campaign funds. Circuit Judge Barbara Kerr Howe threw out the motion and declared Nevin's behavior proper.
Buck to head mentor program
Before Westminster businessman Jon Buck achieved success in the working world, he had to overcome a number of obstacles.
He said graduating from high school was one of them. Now, he and a group of other concerned adults want to give other young adults the same chance.
Buck has been appointed chairman of the Carroll County Mentor Program, which provides help to youths who are thinking about dropping out of high school.
"This is a particular subject that I'm concerned about and something that I take to heart," said Buck, president of Buck Industries in Sykesville.
Buck was appointed by the county commissioners to sit on the Mid-Maryland Private Industry Council. As part of his duties, he said, he will concentrate on the Mentor Program, which is part of Gov. William Donald Schaefer's Statewide Employment and Training Program.
Hoskins is Teacher of the Year
A Harford County fifth-grade teacher who strives to make her students well-rounded and inquisitive has been selected as Maryland Teacher of the Year.
Gemma Hoskins, who teaches at Jarrettsville Elementary School, was named by Gov. William Donald Schaefer at an awards dinner Friday night at Martin's West sponsored by the Maryland Chamber Foundation and the state Department of Education.
Hoskins was chosen in part because of her philosophy to help her students "become well-rounded, inquisitive students of life," a said a statement from the state Department of Education.
"I would like to acknowledge all of the teachers with whom I spent the last 18 years . . . especially my colleagues," Hoskins said in accepting the award. "I would like to share this award with them.
"I would also like to thank the children who are not children anymore . . . You have each touched me in a very special way."
Hoskins will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition next spring. She was selected from 22 teachers nominated by their school districts. A panel of judges representing public schools, the legislature, the business community, labor, parents and various education associations chose Hoskins from among seven semifinalists.
She was presented with a check for $1,000, a silver bowl, a set of encyclopedias and a voyage of her choice on the Pride of Baltimore II.
Woman, 71, convicted again
For the third time in a year, a 71-year-old Baltimore woman has been convicted of passing a forged prescription for the painkiller Percocet, and she says she did it at the urging of her son.
Howard County Circuit Court Judge Dennis M. Sweeney last week sentenced Eloise S. Scott, of the 4500 block of the Strand, to 90 days of home detention and 36 months of supervised probation. The judge also ordered that Scott's son neither visit nor live with her during the term of the probation.
Evidence showed that Scott attempted to obtain Percocet from a Columbia pharmacy with a forged prescription March 21, 1990.
Defense attorney F. Vernon Boozer said the case was tragic because Scott had "a spotless reputation until her husband died several years ago."
"Her son has a history of drug use, and he has preyed on her to get her involved," Boozer said. "He would send her in with the phony prescriptions. It is shameful. Her son should be the one to be charged, but Mrs. Scott never would testify against her darling son."
No Lotto winner
There was no winner in Saturday's Lotto drawing, making Wednesday's jackpot worth an estimated $2 million.
Forty players picked five of the six numbers correctly and those second-tier winners will each receive $1,298. Receiving $36 will be 2,475 players who chose four correct numbers.
The numbers drawn were 11, 16, 25, 32, 39, 49.