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Man who killed employer receives 30-year prison term

A Baltimore handyman who pleaded guilty this year to robbing and fatally beating his employer was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday in city Circuit Court.

Erik T. Green-El, 33, of the 2000 block of Penrose Ave. was sentenced based on a plea agreement for the killing of Michael Patrick Roberts, 49, of Marriottsville in November 2001.

Green-El worked as a handyman for Roberts for a few weeks before the killing. Prosecutors said that Green-El forged his name on a check and asked Roberts to cash it for him. Roberts did so, then learned it was fraudulent. Roberts threatened to go to police, and was found dead shortly after.

Police looking for two men in fatal shooting outside bar

Two men were being sought in the fatal shooting of a Highlandtown man moments after he and a male friend had left a neighborhood bar, city police said.

Ricky Allen Nelson, 35, of the 2200 block of Eastern Ave. and another man left Harry's American Bar in the 600 block of S. Luzerne Ave. about 10:20 p.m. Sunday and were walking down the street when two robbers, one with a handgun, demanded their money, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

The gunman shot Nelson once in the head during a scuffle, killing him instantly. His friend, whose name was not released, was not hurt. Harris said it was not clear if Nelson surrendered money. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Thomas Martin at 410-396-2100.

Promotions, summer school to be topics of public forums

The Baltimore school system is holding public forums on the system's promotion policy and on summer school.

The next two will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at City College, 3220 The Alameda; and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 9 at Southside Academy, 2700 Seamon Ave.

The forum at Southside Academy will include a student debate on social promotion presented by the Baltimore Urban Debate League.

Drug conviction yields fine, 15-year prison term

A 31-year-old Baltimore man who was found guilty of drug charges and implicated in a high-level interstate narcotics ring this year was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison and fined $25,000 by a city Circuit Court judge.

Harvey Lippman, of the 1300 block of Colbury Road, was convicted by a city jury in January after a two-month drug wiretap trial on charges that included conspiracy possession with intent to distribute.

Police worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to monitor Lippman and his co-defendant, Marvin Cantine, 40, who was also convicted on the same charges. In the investigation, police seized three kilograms of heroin, eight guns and $300,000. Cantine will be sentenced April 30.

Students to perform, display art at Meyerhoff

More than 300 students from Roman Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be performing an original musical ensemble and dance and displaying artwork from 6:30 to 9 tonight at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

The performance and art exhibit, called "Celebration of the Arts, A Night at the Meyerhoff," will include student artwork exhibited in the Meyerhoff's lobby as well as performances celebrating 20th-century American composers, choreographers and writers.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit scholarships for this summer's Catholic schools' Academy for the Arts. Information: 410-783-8000.

In Baltimore County

U.S. agency investigating explosion, fire at substation

SPARROWS POINT -- The federal Occupational Safety and Heath Administration is investigating an explosion at Baltimore Marine Industries Inc. that injured a 57-year-old employee, officials said yesterday.

Two men were at a transformer substation in a building near a ship launching facility in the 600 block of Shipyard Road about 8 a.m. Sunday when an oil-switching device they were working on exploded. One man suffered second-degree burns over his entire body. The other man was not injured, officials said.

The cause of the explosion and resulting fire is under investigation.

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