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Title company head accused of stealing $160,000 from clients

REISTERSTOWN -- The owner of a Reisterstown title company has been charged with stealing $160,000 from his clients, the state attorney general's office said yesterday.

Steven L. Friedman, who operates Landmark Title Co., was indicted Monday by a Baltimore County grand jury on three counts of theft and one count of misappropriation by a fiduciary, the attorney general's office said. The indictment charges that from 1988 to 1992 Friedman stole or misused clients' payments for title insurance premiums, transfer taxes and other real estate settlement charges, authorities said.

The indictment also accuses Friedman, 53, of stealing money from two clients by intentionally overstating settlement charges, the attorney general's office said. Each theft count carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $1,000 fine. The misappropriation charge carries a maximum penalty of five years.

Bus company fires man charged with DWI in crash

WOODLAWN -- A man charged with driving while intoxicated after he crashed a school bus into a house has been fired by his employer, Woodlawn Motor Coach Inc.

Eric Pettigrew, 29, of the 8200 block of Vosges Road "was dismissed as soon as he took the bus without our knowledge," said Barbara Bayer, manager of Woodlawn Motor Coach. The company contracts with the county school system to transport pupils, but no passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident, police said.

Pettigrew was driving a company bus on Washington Avenue about 2: 40 p.m. Monday when he tried to turn onto Lynn Haven Drive, police said. The bus left the roadway, went up an embankment and into the side of a house. No one was hurt, police said.

Parkville High will become SAT testing site in June

PARKVILLE -- Parkville High School and Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer Science will be an SAT testing site beginning in June.

With its designation as an SAT testing site, students will be permitted to take the SAT at Parkville in October, January and June.

In Baltimore City

Seminars planned on ways to promote neighborhoods

The Live Baltimore Marketing Center is holding a series of seminars on how to promote city neighborhoods.

The free seminars will be held from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, May 11 and June 8 at Western High School, 4600 Falls Road. The seminar April 27 will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Wheeler Auditorium at Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St.

Registration: 410-539-1369.

Prosecutors likely to drop charge against photographer

A Sun photographer is expected to be cleared today of a criminal charge stemming from his arrest in October when he crossed a police line to take pictures of a car accident that killed an officer, a lawyer for the newspaper said.

The city state's attorney's office told lawyers for Jed Kirschbaum that it will drop a charge of failure to obey, said Mary R. Craig, who represents the photographer for The Sun. A trial had been scheduled for today.

Kirschbaum was arrested Oct. 30 in the 100 block of W. 20th St. at an accident involving a police van and a patrol car. He said officers did not stop him as he ducked under police tape, but he was arrested when other officers objected. Prosecutors did not return calls seeking comment.

Becton to be featured in gospel music concert

"William Becton & Friends," a free gospel music concert sponsored by Baltimore City Community College, will be held at 7 p.m. today in the college's Fine Arts Theater, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave.

Becton is the host of "The William Becton Gospel Show," a Sunday morning radio show. His first album, "Broken," was No. 3 on the Billboard Gospel Chart, and his third release, "Heart of a Love Song," rose to No. 5 in 1997.

Information: 410-462-8385.

Pub Date: 2/25/99

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