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In Baltimore City

Case investigated by officers accused of perjury dropped

Baltimore prosecutors dropped an attempted murder case yesterday that was investigated by two Southern District detectives accused of perjury.

Charges against James Johnson were dismissed because prosecutors were left with no witnesses to a Dec. 2 shooting in the city's Westport neighborhood.

The victim, Kenneth Windley, refused to testify, and prosecutors decided not to call to the stand Detectives Clarence Grear and Kevin E. Jones because they are under investigation for perjury in connection with an unrelated case.

Grear and Jones were suspended while police internal affairs conducted a probe to find out whether they illegally searched a car and then lied about having a search warrant.

The perjury allegations have jeopardized about 70 court cases and ruined at least two dozen others, prosecutors said.

City man is sentenced to federal term in gun case

A 34-year-old suspect in an attempted-murder case was sentenced this week to nearly 20 years in federal prison for related gun charges.

Jesse Robinson of Baltimore was sentenced Monday under the Armed Career Criminal Act for being a felon in possession of a weapon. He had been tried in state court in the attempted murder of Carlton Randolph - the crime that involved the gun referred to in the federal charges - but that case ended in a hung jury after an eyewitness recanted his testimony and the victim refused to cooperate, prosecutors said. He was convicted by a federal jury of the gun charge in September.

Detective acquitted of assault charges

A Baltimore police detective accused of choking two pupils last school year in his sister's middle school classroom was acquitted yesterday of two counts of second-degree assault.

Detective Jonathan Brickus Jr. was at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Northeast Baltimore on Feb. 11 when the alleged assaults occurred. Prosecutors said during the trial that Brickus placed his hands on two 14-year-old boys.

After a two-day bench trial, visiting Circuit Judge Thomas Ward found the officer not guilty.

Downtown attractions to offer weekend discounts

Admission to the Top of the World observation level on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center at the Inner Harbor will be reduced this weekend.

Admission will be $1 Saturday and Sunday as part of a two-day promotion presented by the Downtown Partnership, a business advocacy group. The observation level will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $5, $4 for seniors and $3 for children age 3 to 12. Normal hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Other attractions offering reduced admission this weekend include the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Walters Art Museum. Information: 410-244-1030.

In Baltimore County

Car crashes into shop, pinning one customer

JACKSONVILLE -- A car crashed into a children's clothing consignment shop yesterday afternoon, pinning one customer against the wall of the store and injuring an employee, Baltimore county police said.

The driver, a 69-year-old woman, apparently confused the gas and brake pedals when she pulled into the parking lot of the Small Wonder shop in the 3400 block of Sweet Air Road about 2 p.m., said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman. No charges will be filed against the driver, who was not injured, Vinson said.

The customer, identified by police as Bethany Lentz, 29, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center, where she was being treated last night for cuts and bruises, a hospital spokeswoman said. An employee who was hit by debris from the crash was not taken to a hospital, Vinson said.

Hospice auxiliary to hold Christmas craft sale today

TIMONIUM - Stella Maris Auxiliary will hold a Christmas craft sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

Christmas decorations, ornaments and gifts will be available. All proceeds will benefit the residents of Stella Maris, according to the auxiliary.

Information: 410-252-4500, ext. 7254.

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