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July 8 arraignment set for Dontee Stokes' retrial on gun charges


Dontee D. Stokes will be arraigned July 8 for retrial in Baltimore Circuit Court on three handgun violation charges that were thrown out by the state's highest court last winter, the state's attorney's office announced yesterday.

If found guilty, Stokes - the city barber who was acquitted of shooting a priest he said had molested him - could be prevented from owning a handgun. Under Maryland law, he cannot be given a stiffer sentence in a retrial than was imposed in the original trial. Stokes has already served 18 months of home detention.


Stokes was acquitted by a city jury in 2002 of attempted murder and other charges in the shooting of the Rev. Maurice J. Blackwell. After admitting that he shot Blackwell, Stokes was convicted of carrying a handgun, discharging a handgun within city limits, and transporting a handgun in a vehicle. The conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeals in February.

Broadway, Swann indicted in deaths of twin infants

The parents of twin infant girls were indicted yesterday on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse in connection with the deaths of the children, the state's attorney's office said.

Nathaniel Broadway, 24, and Sierra Swann, 17, were indicted in the May 11 deaths of 1-month-old Emonney and Emunnea Broadway. The malnourished babies were found dead with fractured skulls and broken ribs. Police say the parents are responsible.

The case has attracted widespread attention because Swann was permitted to take the twins home from the hospital despite being a foster-care runaway who had an older child taken away by state officials because of abuse. Broadway and Swann are being held without bail. They are scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 12.

Man sentenced to life in prison for 2002 murder

A Southwest Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to life plus 10 years in prison for the execution-style killing of a 20-year-old man in September 2002, the city state's attorney's office announced.

Deandre Clark, 23, of the 1800 block of McHenry St. was convicted by a Baltimore jury in March of first-degree murder and a handgun offense in the shooting of Stanley Harper at Hollins and Smallwood streets in Southwest Baltimore on Sept. 18, 2002. Clark was sentenced by Circuit Judge W. Michel Pierson, who imposed sentences of life and 10 years, to be served consecutively.


Harper had just gotten out of a car to talk to a friend when Clark approached and shot him once in the head, prosecutors said.

JHU offering scholarships to city schools students

The Johns Hopkins University is offering full scholarships - each worth up to $5,400 - to Baltimore City public school students who are admitted to the university's summer program.

Guidance counselors and principals can nominate applicants who are at least 15, have completed their sophomore or junior year, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants also must write an essay and include a written teacher recommendation and their PSAT or SAT scores.

Students accepted into the program live on campus for five weeks and take up to seven credits of classes. Applications, due June 15, can be faxed to 410-516-5585 or mailed to Patricia Palmer, Johns Hopkins Pre-college Program, Wyman Park Building, Suite G1, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218.

In Baltimore County


School board to meet in open session today

TOWSON - The county school board will meet in open session at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss scheduling matters. After going into closed session, the board will resume its open meeting at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the ESS building on the Greenwood campus, 6901 N. Charles St.

Free concert series set tonight in Towson

TOWSON - Free Tuesday night June concerts will continue at 6 o'clock tonight with the jazz music of the Chauncey Harris Group. Sponsored by the county departments of Aging and Recreation and Parks and the Towsontowne Recreation Council, the concerts will be at West Towson Park, across from Bykota Senior Center in the 600 block of Central Ave.

Other concerts will feature the country music of Maria Rose on June 15, rhythm and blues by Charles Lee on June 22, and the big band sound of the Senior Swing Community Band on June 29. All concerts start at 6 p.m. Information: 410-887-3094.


American Legion to hold flag-disposal ceremony

PARKVILLE - American Legion Post 183 will hold a flag-disposal ceremony at 7 p.m. tomorrow in preparation for Flag Day.

The public is welcome. All worn or tattered American flags will be accepted for proper disposal.

The post is at 2301 Putty Hill Ave.