City/County Digest

In Baltimore County

Vice president cancels fund-raising visit to home of developer


WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney, delayed by working late at the White House, canceled his appearance at a fund-raiser last night at the Lutherville home of developer David Cordish and his wife, Suzi.

Heather Layman, a Republican National Committee spokeswoman, said an event with Cheney would be rescheduled, although a date had not been selected.


Tickets sold for the reception raised $535,000 for the committee's campaign efforts, Layman said.

Mercury spill delays deliveries at UPS center

SPARKS - A chemical spill at the UPS Customer Center in the 14000 block of York Road yesterday delayed deliveries but caused no injuries to employees, officials said.

A hazardous-materials response team from the county Fire Department and the state Department of the Environment arrived at the center about 8 a.m. and confirmed that 800 milligrams of mercury had leaked from a package being carried on a delivery truck, said Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost.

She said UPS "relocated some employees" to prevent contact with the mercury. The response team was expected to remain on hand until evening.

Police arrest man accused of stabbing 3 in steak theft

TOWSON - Police have arrested a 32-year-old man they said stabbed a security officer and two customers last week during an attempt to steal steaks at a grocery store in Arbutus.

Edward William Propst of the 600 block of Center Drive in Severna Park was arrested without incident Monday afternoon at his home by a joint task force of Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County police officers, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a Baltimore County police spokesman.


Propst was charged with three counts of first-degree assault and two counts of misdemeanor theft, and was being held yesterday on $75,000 bond at the Baltimore County Detention Center. The charges stem from an incident Friday at a Giant grocery store in the 4600 block of Wilkens Ave.

In Baltimore City

School board appoints new chief academic officer

Baltimore school board members last night appointed a veteran city educator as the system's permanent chief academic officer.

Linda Chinnia, who had been named to the post temporarily in March, replaces Cassandra W. Jones, who was hired in August 2001.

Chinnia, who had previously been overseeing a group of elementary schools, has 34 years' experience in the city school system.


Salisbury man sentenced for cocaine distribution

A Salisbury man was sentenced yesterday to more than 15 years in prison in U.S. District Court in Baltimore for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The defendant, 25-year-old Jermaine Wallace, pleaded guilty May 5. According to a statement of facts presented in court then, he obtained cocaine from New York and participated in a conspiracy to distribute it in Baltimore, Salisbury and Prince George's County.

This March, prosecutors said, about 8,000 grams of cocaine - more than 17 1/2 pounds - were seized from a storage unit kept by Wallace. He used the proceeds of drug sales to purchase items including jewelry, cars and a home, they said.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Wallace to 188 months in prison, followed by three years' supervised release.

UM Medical System to hold health, nutrition event


Community Health and Nutrition Day will be held today at Lexington Market. The event's sponsor is the University of Maryland Medical System.

The free event will include a blood drive by the Red Cross, free blood-pressure testing, vascular and vision screenings, and low-cost mammograms. Health specialists will be available to answer questions.

Stage highlights include a performance by the Waxter Senior High Center High-Steppers Dancers at 11:30 a.m. and a cooking class by Faith King from Baltimore International College at 12:30 p.m. Activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.