In Baltimore CountyPolice seeking help to identify...


In Baltimore County

Police seeking help to identify burglar in store break-ins

TOWSON - County police are asking for the public's help in identifying a burglar whom they believe is responsible for more than 20 break-ins at convenience and liquor stores in the past month.

The burglar has broken into closed businesses - mostly in western and northwestern Baltimore County - after midnight, prying open or breaking doors. He then smashes cash registers and lottery drawers. A police spokeswoman said the man takes cigarettes, lottery tickets and cash.

Although he was caught on a recent security video, police say they have no physical description of the man because the tape is of poor quality. Anyone with information about the burglar's identity, call county police at 410-887-2198.

Teacher-clinician to speak at meeting honoring King

DUNDALK - Aminifu Richard Harvey, associate professor at the School of Social Work at University of Maryland, Baltimore, will speak at 9 a.m. Jan. 14 at a breakfast meeting to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., on the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

A practicing clinician, Harvey helped pioneer an Afrocentric approach to psychotherapy and social service delivery systems.

Students and educators are invited to the breakfast, which will be held in the college's Center for Business and Industry.

In Baltimore City

Man arrested in Trinidad in killing of businessman

A man wanted in the fatal shooting a Catonsville businessman on a Bolton Hill street last summer, reportedly during the sale of the victim's late-model Lexus, was arrested in Trinidad, police said.

When Trinidad police arrested Robert Malcolm Jackson, 27, of the 2300 block of Chelsea Terrace for an unrelated charge on New Year's Day, they learned he was wanted in the killing June 24 of William E. Gilbert, 51, of the first block of Old Granary Court, who was found dead near his car in the 300 block of Dolphin St.

City homicide detectives are working with U.S. federal authorities, and Trinidad police in an effort to set an extradition date.

Young pleads not guilty to bribery, extortion, fraud

Former state Sen. Larry Young of Baltimore pleaded not guilty yesterday to nine counts of bribery, extortion and tax fraud.

The paperwork was filed by Young's attorneys in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, where the politician's case is scheduled for a pretrial conference Feb. 26. No trial date has been set.

Young turned himself in to Maryland State Police on Dec. 16, two days after he was indicted on charges of using his office to extort more than $72,000 from a pair of minority-owned health care companies. Young was one of the state's most powerful politicians before he was expelled from the state legislature a year ago. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 98 years in prison and $40,000 in fines.

Jury selected in trial of former liquor inspector

A jury and two alternates were selected yesterday in the trial of the former chief inspector of the Baltimore City Liquor Board and a former state delegate who are charged with bribery and conspiracy to thwart enforcement of the state liquor laws.

Facing the charges are Anthony J. Cianferano, the former chief inspector, and William J. Madonna, a former delegate who later became a consultant to the State Lottery Agency.

Opening arguments are expected today by Assistant State Prosecutor Thomas F. McDonough and defense attorneys Gary S. Bernstein and Samuel Blibaum. Judge Mabel H. Hubbard told jurors the trial was expected to last two weeks. Witnesses will include Democratic state Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman and Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

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