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Indiana man caught by FBI pleads guilty in Net child porn case

An Indianapolis attorney pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to transmitting child pornography over the Internet from Indiana to Maryland to an individual he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, who was actually an FBI agent.

Jeffrey Douglas Cosby, 42, was arrested Aug. 14, 1998, by FBI agents in the lobby of the Gallery at Harbor Place in the 200 block of E. Pratt St. where he was to meet the "girl" with whom, according to the FBI, he had "conversations" over the Internet with the intent of having sex with a minor.

Lynne A. Battaglia, U.S. attorney for Maryland, said Cosby faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing has been set for July 7.

Death from head injuries in October ruled a homicide

The state medical examiner's office has ruled that a Northwest Baltimore man who died Oct. 19 at Sinai Hospital of head injuries was the victim of a homicide, police said last night.

Detective Ronald Berger said an autopsy showed that Vernon Harris, 45, of the 5200 block of Cordelia Ave. died from injuries he received three days earlier during an assault in the 4900 block of Denmore Ave. by unknown attackers.

Berger said Harris, the father of two daughters, collapsed at his home Oct. 16 shortly after he was assaulted.

Police seek information on woman missing since Dec.

Baltimore police are trying to find a 50-year-old woman who has been missing since Dec. 30 and was last seen shopping in the 2100 block of E. Monument St. Family members told police that it was highly unusual for the woman -- identified as Pearl Gardiner -- to be out of touch for so long.

Gardiner is described as black, 5 feet 2 inches tall and 145 pounds. When last seen by her family, she was wearing a cream-colored hat, a beige trench coat, a cream sweater and a beige shirt. She also was wearing a black curly wig; her natural hair is brown and medium length.

Anyone with information is asked to call the missing persons unit at 410-396-2334.

In Baltimore County

Historical trust to offer house renovation workshops

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Historical Trust Inc. will offer two workshops this month at Goucher College to educate potential homeowners on renovating historic houses.

The first session, "A Pig in a Poke or a Diamond in the Rough?" is scheduled for Jan. 16, and the second "Where is the Money?" which highlights grants, loans, tax credits and financing for obtaining and restoring historic homes, is to be held Jan. 30. The trust, which tries to preserve historic sites and structures, is working with Preservation Maryland, a preservation nonprofit, to present the workshops. Sessions cost $25.

Information: 410-832-1812.

Cockeysville library plans Internet use demonstration

COCKEYSVILLE -- A demonstration on how to use the Internet will be offered at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 and at 9: 30 a.m. Jan. 21 at the Cockeysville library branch at 9833 Greenside Drive.

Registration: 410-887-7750 or visit the library.

Police seek witnesses to fatal accident of Dec. 30

COCKEYSVILLE -- Police are asking for help from anyone who witnessed a fatal pedestrian accident Dec. 30 on York Road.

Francis McLean, 88, of the 10000 block of Daventry Drive was killed when he walked into the path of a green Jeep Cherokee that was southbound on York Road near Gibbons Boulevard. The Jeep was driven by Tamara Faulstich, 39, of the 500 block of S. Dallas St., police said.

At least two people called 911 to report the accident, and police would like to talk to those callers and anyone else who saw it, to help them determine in which direction the victim was walking and to reconstruct the accident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Western Traffic Division at 410-887-1344.

Pub Date: 1/08/99

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