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Man gets sentence of 30 years for strangling his wife

A 23-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday in city Circuit Court to 30 years in prison for second-degree murder in the strangulation of his estranged wife.

Steven Anthony Powell, 23, of the 5100 block of Belleville Ave. was convicted of killing Brandi Logan Powell, 23, by Judge Wanda Heard on Dec. 4.

Prosecutors say Brandi Powell left her estranged husband five weeks before the murder because he was abusing her. She was planning to annul their 11-month marriage, according to testimony. On May 23, 2003, when Brandi Powell went to her husband's house to pick up their infant daughter, Steven Powell beat his wife about the head and strangled her, according to prosecutors.

Residents to discuss plan to renovate parole facility

Area residents have scheduled a forum from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. tomorrow in the gym at Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary School to discuss a proposal to renovate and possibly expand a state parole and probation facility in the 2100 block of Guilford Ave.

Residents have spoken out against the state's plans to renovate the facility, arguing that it would be a better use of public funds to rebuild the office in a business or industrial area. It is located now across the street from the elementary school.

At a rally Wednesday, residents said the facility doesn't belong in a neighborhood with children. City officials have been trying to find a new location, and a list of potential sites is expected to be finalized soon. Potential sites could be discussed at the forum, to which state and local elected officials have been invited.

Information, 410-889-0071, Ext. 15.

Bust of doctor unveiled at city Red Cross chapter

A bust of Dr. Charles Richard Drew, who introduced the use of plasma on the battlefield and was director of the first blood donor stations to supply the American armed forces during World War II, was unveiled yesterday at the Red Cross Central Maryland Chapter in Northwest Baltimore.

Drew, a Washington native, became in 1940 the first African-American to earn a medical degree from Columbia University. He died in 1950.

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele attended the ceremony in the Red Cross headquarters in Seton Business Park, along with Drew's daughter, Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis, president of Southeastern University in Washington and former member of the District of Columbia's City Council.

In Baltimore County

Environment group to hold forum on priorities

TOWSON -- The Citizens Campaign for the Environment will hold a public forum on priorities for the 2004 legislative session from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Thursday at the Towson Public Library, 320 York Road.

Among the topics to be discussed is "Greening the Budget," a new report that outlines fiscal policies that can help balance the budget while protecting the environment. Presenters also will discuss upgrading sewage treatment plans; preserving open space; Intercounty Connector developments; and brownfields redevelopment.

The forum is free and open to the public. Information: Brad Heavner, 410-467-0439.

Agency to present poetry from civil rights movement

RANDALLSTOWN -- In honor of Black History Month, the Baltimore County Department of Aging will present "Pride and Protest: Poetry of the American Civil Rights Movement" at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Liberty Senior Center, 3525 Resource Drive.

The guest speaker will be Jeffrey Lamar Coleman, assistant professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Students from local public and parochial schools will join the seniors for this program.

The program is free and open to the public. Information: 410- 887-0780.

'Anne Frank and Me' to be shown at St. Paul's

BROOKLANDVILLE -- The Ward Center for the Arts at St. Paul's Schools will present Anne Frank and Me at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow.

The play, written for audiences of all ages, deals with young people's ignorance of the Holocaust.

Admission is $6. The theater is at 11152 Falls Road. Information and reservations: 410-821- 3047.

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