In Baltimore City
Man gets 25 years in prison for robbing woman in her home
A Baltimore man was sentenced to 25 years in prison yesterday in city Circuit Court after being convicted of robbing an elderly woman at gunpoint in her Ashburton home, then leaving her tied up in a basement closet.
A jury convicted Michael Brown, 38, of the 3400 block of Copley Road on April 9 of robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.
Brown, who lived two blocks from the victim, had painted her home as she and her 76-year-old husband prepared to move. When Brown arrived with an unknown accomplice Jan. 8, 2003, to collect payment, he pulled out a gun, stole her purse and ordered her to write him several checks. He also stole electronics and a silver set.
Man, 28, fatally shot while seated in van
A 28-year-old man was fatally shot yesterday afternoon while seated in a parked van in Southwest Baltimore, city police said.
The victim, Andre Williamson of the 4500 block of Old Frederick Road, was alone and sitting in the driver's seat of a friend's 1998 Chrysler minivan about 1:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Ridgely St. when a pickup truck stopped in front of it and a gunman -- the lone occupant -- stepped out, witnesses told homicide Detective Chris Jones.
The gunman shot Williamson in the upper body through the van's closed, driver's-side window and sped away in the truck. Williamson died a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Jones, who asked that anyone with information about the shooting call him at 410-396-2100.
Housing official leaving to take job in Minnesota
Lyle Schumann, deputy executive director of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City since January 2002, is leaving the agency for a similar position in St. Paul, Minn.
Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano has named Jemine Bryon to replace Schumann. She will start work June 1 and will make $136,000 a year. A graduate of Fordham University School of Law and Syracuse University, Bryon comes to the agency from the Philadelphia Housing Authority, where she was assistant executive director for real estate development.
Bryon's experience in Philadelphia and New York City, where she worked for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, includes public housing planning, resident services, litigation, code enforcement and demolitions.
100 Black Men group holding spring gala tonight
100 Black Men of Maryland Inc. will hold its 13th annual Spring Gala/Heritage Ball at 9 tonight at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on Light Street.
The event, which supports the organization's youth development and health and wellness programs, will feature performances by Michael Henderson and Jean Carne.
Tickets, which are $85 and include parking, will be available at the door. Information: 410-225-0601.
In Baltimore County
Public's comment sought on recreation policies
HUNT VALLEY -- The public is invited to comment on plans for the county's parks, recreation and general land preservation efforts.
The meeting, scheduled by the Department of Recreation and Parks, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Oregon Ridge Park Lodge, 13401 Beaver Dam Road in Hunt Valley.
Information from the public will help in forming recreation, parks and open-space policies, goals and objectives.
Hereford High marks 50 years with open house
PARKTON -- Hereford High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an open house from noon to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 17301 York Road.
Historical presentations will be displayed in the auditorium, and classrooms will have information from each of the 50 graduating classes.
The Hereford Chamber Choir will perform, and a vintage car show will be featured.