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City man admits conspiring with officer to sell drugs

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A Baltimore man accused of conspiring with a city police officer to sell drugs and guns from a Fells Point auto garage pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court.

Jose Raul Estella, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and use of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime. He could be sentenced to at least five years in prison Nov. 28 before U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake.

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Estella, who was not an officer, was indicted in April with Eduardo Munoz Jr., 33, who had worked on the city police force for three years before his arrest. Munoz pleaded guilty Wednesday to a drug conspiracy charge, acknowledging that the men sold 300 to 400 grams of cocaine this year from a garage on South Wolfe Street. He is scheduled to be sentenced in December.

UM medical school dean receives Douglass award

Dr. Donald E. Wilson, dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, received the regents' eighth annual Frederick Douglass Award yesterday - given to individuals who display commitment to freedom, equality and justice.

"Don Wilson embodies an ideal that began in the earliest days of the civil rights movement and continues on in strength today," said Clifford M. Kendall, chairman of the university regents, at a ceremony yesterday at Westminster Hall on the Baltimore campus. "He reminds us that we, as Americans of every color and creed, have a birthright to equality."

In 1991, Wilson became the first African-American to head a predominantly white medical school. The school now has one of the most ethnically diverse student bodies in the country. The number of full-time black faculty members also has doubled under his tenure.

Sign-up scheduled for return of Baltimore Free University

Registration for the Johns Hopkins University's reinstated Baltimore Free University, low-cost adult education classes that were last offered between 1968 and 1984, will be held tomorrow and Sunday.

The 20 classes, which will run between Oct. 6 and Dec. 20, include playwriting, photojournalism, responsible fatherhood, socialism, beginning Hebrew, public speaking and debt management.

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Registration costs $10 for up to two classes, and will be held at Levering Hall on the Homewood campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Information: 410-516-4777.

In Baltimore County

Police searching for driver of car in hit-and-run

WHITE MARSH - Baltimore County police said yesterday that they are searching for the driver of a Toyota Corolla that hit a 12-year-old boy and then left the scene.

Jeremy Golphin of the 6000 block of Barstow Road suffered leg and back injuries and was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical CenCenter, where he was treated and released, said a nursing supervisor.

Police said Golphin was crossing St. Regis Road near Barstow Road about 8 p.m. Wednesday when the car, heading north, hit him and made a right turn on Barstow Road, police said.

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Police described the car as a recent model silver-colored Corolla with damage to the left front turn light. It had Maryland tags. Anyone with information about the car or driver is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

County seeking volunteers to clean up storm damage

TOWSON - Volunteers are needed to help clean up Baltimore County's east side, where Tropical Storm Isabel destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and businesses last week.

Groups and people willing to help should contact Baltimore County Volunteers, an organization of county government, at 410-887-2715.

Discussion on Patriot Act, civil liberties set tomorrow

CATONSVILLE - A forum on the Patriot Act and its effect on civil liberties will take place at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, 6631 Johnnycake Road.

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Information: 410-747-4869 or email, wrun@starpower.net.


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