City man gets life term in 2004 fatal shooting

A man convicted in the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old Baltimore man whose body was found last year in a rural area of Randallstown was sentenced yesterday to life in prison.

Gregory Daniel Lambert, 28, of Randallstown was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury in February in the slaying of Paul A. Golder. Baltimore County Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II also sentenced him to a consecutive 20-year prison sentence for a handgun conviction in the case.

"It means that he's never going to get out of prison," said prosecutor James O'C Gentry Jr.

Lambert maintained his innocence yesterday, saying he had no involvement in or knowledge of Golder's death. His attorney, Phillip M. Sutley, also told Turnbull that Lambert had a "good" record and had never before been in prison.

Golder's body was found in February 2004 along Lyons Mill Road. He had been shot four times in the back, including once at close range in the head, and part of his body was burned after he was killed, Gentry said. The motive for the killing remains unknown, said Gentry. But, he said, Golder was last seen going into the Cherry Hill home of Michelle J. Scott, a woman with whom Lambert had a relationship.

Scott pleaded guilty in February to being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in a plea agreement in which she did not admit involvement but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her, Gentry said. She received five years in prison, Gentry said. - Laura Barnhardt


Owings Mills nurse charged with felony Medicaid fraud

A 63-year-old Owings Mills nurse was indicted by a Baltimore County grand jury on charges of inflating the hours she provided nursing services to a Medicaid recipient, the Maryland attorney general's office announced yesterday.

Dolores Elaine Scott of the first block of Rebecca Lane was charged with four counts of felony Medicaid fraud and one count of felony theft by the grand jury Monday, said Kevin Enright, a spokesman for Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr.

Scott is accused of inflating the number of hours that she provided nursing services to a Medicaid patient from June 2002 through last July, according to the attorney general's office. The grand jury also indicted Scott with making several false representations to the Medicaid program when she submitted time slips to her employer, Comprehensive Nursing Services Inc., according to the office's announcement.

In 2003, Scott was sentenced by a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge to four months in jail for sending fake court orders to her employer, lifting garnishments the comptroller's office had placed on her wages for owed taxes. Scott had argued for years that she is not a citizen subject to income taxation because she is descended from slaves.

- Laura Barnhardt


Woman convicted of making false statement about bomb

A Takoma Park woman accused of telling police that she had a bomb in her car on Interstate 95 in Elkridge in an attempt to test the area's security was convicted yesterday in Howard County Circuit Court of making a false statement regarding a destructive device.

But Laura Suzanne Newman, 21, of the 7900 block of Greenwood Ave. was found not criminally responsible and was ordered by Judge Diane O. Leasure to be supervised by a private physician for three years. On Sept. 29, Newman was traveling north on I-95 around 7 p.m. when traffic slowed near the Route 100 exit because of an accident. Newman parked in a lane, got out of her car and began telling drivers that she had a bomb in her car, according to a statement of facts by prosecutor F. Todd Taylor Jr. that was agreed to by the defense.

At Newman's request, a motorist called 911. Newman told a Maryland State Police trooper that her Muslim roommate showed her how to make a bomb and warned that the bomb would detonate if the car were moved, according to the statement of facts.

No bomb was found in Newman's car. The interstate was closed for several hours in both directions.

Newman said she wanted to make a political statement, wanted to talk to government officials about threats to homeland security and told the trooper, "I wanted everyone to know that something like this could happen anywhere," according to the statement of facts.

- Laura Cadiz


Charles Street's byway status to be focus of workshop

A public workshop on the designation of Charles Street as a National Byway will be held tonight at the Evergreen Carriage House in North Baltimore.

The workshop is intended to let the public offer ideas on Charles Street in relation to preservation, visitor convenience, economic viability and promoting the street as a destination. A Charles Street Byway Management Plan is expected to be completed by early next year.

The project is funded by a National Scenic Byways Program grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

Tonight's forum, sponsored by the Baltimore City Department of Planning and the Baltimore County Office of Planning, is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Evergreen, 4545 N. Charles St. A second public workshop will probably be held in the fall.


Measure to impose impact fee is broadened

The administration of Harford County Executive James M. Harkins withdrew a bill last night from the County Council that would have imposed an impact fee of $8,269 on each new single-family home to help pay for school construction.

But there was no reason for potential homebuyers to celebrate. The bill was immediately replaced by a similar legislative proposal that would impose the fee on single-family homes, along with charges of $5,270 on a townhouse or duplex and $1,637 on all other residential units, including mobile homes.

Council President Robert S. Wagner said the impact fee bill was withdrawn at his request because it might have been accidentally killed by a technicality at last week's council session - or at least left vulnerable to potential legal challenge.

Wagner said the replacement bill introduced last night includes all the amendments previously approved for the old bill. These include the elimination of the fee for a replacement home, such as one destroyed by fire.

Other amendments would have the county pay the fee for houses built by nonprofit organizations for low-income families, and have the council give consideration to reducing the impact fee or eliminating it if a new revenue source for school funding is found.

Wagner said the new bill is designated as emergency legislation so that it could be imposed on building permits issued on or after July 1, the date used in the original bill. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. May 17.

- Ted Shelsby


Naval Academy identifies officer who collapsed, died

Naval Academy officials have identified a Navy junior officer who collapsed and died Monday after a routine physical readiness test.

Lt. Myron E. Ludvick II, 27, of the Bronx, N.Y., collapsed near playing fields around 1 p.m. He was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center and was pronounced dead later that afternoon, according to a news release.

Academy officials did not know what caused Ludvick's death, but an autopsy will be conducted, said Naval Academy spokesman Cmdr. Rod Gibbons. "An investigation is under way to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident," he said.

The academy also is investigating the death of Midshipman Jay Michael Dixon, who fell from a ledge on the fifth floor of his dormitory April 9.

Ludvick, who graduated from the academy in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in political science, returned nearly a year ago for the Leadership Education and Development Program. The course, created with the Naval Postgraduate School, prepares Navy and Marine Corps students to become company officers at the academy.

He was expected to graduate next month with a master's degree. Academy officials said plans for a funeral or memorial services have not been finalized.

- Liz F. Kay


Man shot 5 times in robbery is listed in critical condition

An Annapolis man who was shot five times in a robbery late Monday night remained in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Annapolis police and a hospital official said.

Karl Cully, 25, of Clay Street was expected to survive, police said.

Police said that Cully was walking through a lot near a public housing community at 151 Obery Court about midnight when he was confronted and asked for money. Neighbors heard shots moments later, police said.


Owner of travel agency ordered to repay customers

A Northeast Baltimore travel company has entered into a consent order with the Maryland Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division over allegations that customers paid for airline tickets that they did not receive.

Ahidjo Travel Inc., 6126 Belair Road, and its owner, Chukwulozie N. Okoye, were accused of collecting payments in advance for flights to Nigeria, and then not providing tickets, according to the attorney general's office.

The consent order calls for Okoye to stop collecting advance payments and deposits from customers, and to repay at least $30,000 to people who said they did not get tickets they had paid for, according to the attorney general's office. A lien has been placed on Okoye's property to ensure the money is repaid.


$1 million bail set for pair charged in I-95 cocaine case

Bail of $1 million has been set for two Florida men arrested Monday after police stopped a sport utility vehicle for speeding on Interstate 95 in White Marsh and a search turned up $700,000 worth of cocaine, authorities said.

The 1992 Toyota Sequoia was stopped by K-9 Officer Robert Cashen of the Maryland Transportation Authority police after he clocked the vehicle in the northbound lanes at 76 mph, in a 50-mph zone, said Cpl. Pam Thorne, a police spokeswoman.

"When the driver and passenger appeared nervous and suspicious, Cashen's drug-sniffing dog, Dingo, alerted his handler to the rear of the vehicle," Thorne said. A bag containing nearly 3 kilograms of processed cocaine was found in a compartment near several stereo speakers, she said.

Arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and manufacturing and importing cocaine were the driver, Bryan M. Walker, 25, of Lynn Haven, and Marc S. Miller, 31, of Panama City, Thorne said.

- Richard Irwin

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