City/County Digest

In Baltimore City

Hotel owner gets 41 months, fine in tax evasion scheme


An Ocean City hotel owner convicted of tax evasion was sentenced yesterday to 41 months in prison and fined $800,000 by a federal judge in Baltimore.

Adel "Ed" Iskander, 61, owned and ran the Georgia Belle hotel in Ocean City and the Iskander Island Inn in Fenwick Island, Del. Prosecutors said he engaged in a complicated tax evasion scheme, reporting no taxable income and paying no federal income tax from 1994 to 1996, even though the hotels were profitable and Iskander was "earning substantial income."


U.S. District Court Judge Andre M. Davis also sentenced Iskander to three years' probation.

Film showing to benefit Afghan rebuilding effort

The film Life After War, about the rebuilding of Afghanistan, will be shown and discussed tomorrow night at the Brown Center of the Maryland Institute College of Art in a benefit for the work of Afghans for Civil Society.

The event will begin with a 6 p.m. reception, and a screening of the film at 7 p.m. The discussion at 8:30 p.m. will feature filmmaker-director Brian Knappenberger and Qayum Karzai, the Baltimore restaurateur and brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, with WYPR-FM talk-show host Marc Steiner as moderator.

Tickets are $25 general admission, or $125 patron - which includes an Afghan buffet dinner afterward, with catering donated by Qayum Karzai's Helmand and Tapas Teatro restaurants. To order, visit the Maryland Film festival Web site at

City College to present Duke Ellington concert

As part of Black History Month, the City College choir and jazz band will present "A Knight of Duke Ellington's Music" at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the high school, at 33rd Street and The Alameda.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Proceeds will benefit the choir.


Information, 877-493-7464.

In Baltimore County

Harford man captured after escaping detention

MIDDLE RIVER - A man featured on the cable television show Maryland's Most Wanted after his escape from home detention in July in Harford County was captured Wednesday by state troopers as he walked along a street in Middle River.

Michael Charles Baublitz, 22, was serving a five-year term for burglary and confined to his Harford County home when he dismantled the monitoring device he had been ordered to wear and fled July 23, state police aid.

Following up on leads, Troopers Jeffrey Kloiber and Jon Sawa arrested Baublitz about 6 p.m. on Middle River Road near Martin Boulevard. Police said Baublitz faces prosecution for escape.


East-side group plans workshops for homebuyers

DUNDALK - The Eastside Community Development Corp. has scheduled a series of workshops for prospective homebuyers.

The workshops are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and March 3, 11, 17 and 25. The sessions will be held in the group's conference room in the Atrium Offices at Eastpoint Mall, 7835 Eastern Ave., Suite 302. Attendance at one of the sessions is required for homebuyers to qualify for the Baltimore County Settlement Expense Loan Program and a low-interest mortgage program offered by the Community Development Administration.

Reservations are required. Information and reservations: 410-284-9861.

Security center director to speak on terrorism

TOWSON - I. Michael Greenberger, director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, will speak Monday evening about "Terrorism and Civil Liberties," as part of the Baltimore County League of Women Voters Focus on Contemporary Issues lecture series.


From 1999 to 2001, Greenberger, who also is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, worked in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he had responsibility for terrorism issues.

The lecture begins at 6 p.m. at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Towson. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Information: 410- 377-8046.