Bel Air man gets 4-year term in death of boy, 12

A Bel Air man who pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the death last year of a 12-year-old Anne Arundel County boy on Interstate 895 was sentenced this week in Baltimore Circuit Court to four years in prison.

Under the terms of a plea agreement reached in April, four years was the maximum sentence Justin Saul Jones, 29, could have received.

Police said a blood test showed Jones' blood-alcohol level was 0.13 percent - above the legal limit of 0.08 percent - when his vehicle struck the vehicle in which Darius Jovan Brown was a back-seat passenger. The impact of the rear-end collision pushed the trunk of Brown's car into the passenger compartment, killing the Odenton boy.


Netherlands naval ship coming to Inner Harbor

A 256-foot mine-laying ship from the Royal Netherlands Navy is scheduled to arrive today at Baltimore's Inner Harbor near Phillips Seafood Restaurant. A public welcome ceremony is to be held at 5:30 p.m., and public tours will be offered tomorrow and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

The ship, FNS Pohjanmaa, was commissioned in 1979 and has a complement of 145 officers, midshipmen and crew. Its primary responsibility is to lay mines, but the ship also serves as a training vessel for naval personnel and as a command ship for naval officers.

The Pohjanmaa arrives in Baltimore from Cork, Ireland. The visit is sponsored by Sail Baltimore, a nonprofit organization that promotes maritime events.


Woman sentenced to 2 years for laundering drug profits

An Eastern Shore native was sentenced to two years in prison for her role in a large-scale money-laundering and drug operation, federal prosecutors said yesterday.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz also sentenced Natasha Adams, 27, originally from Salisbury, to two years of supervised release after her prison term.

Adams pleaded guilty April 21 to money laundering; at the time, prosecutors said that between 1997 and 2003, Jermaine Wallace and others conspired to distribute cocaine in Prince George's County, Baltimore and the Eastern Shore. Wallace asked Adams, then his girlfriend, for help in hiding the illegal proceeds, and Adams was aware that the money from Wallace was from his drug sales, prosecutors said.

Adams used drug proceeds to buy luxury cars and a home and to stash hundreds of thousands of dollars in bank accounts she created, prosecutors said.

Last year, Wallace was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. In March 2004, prosecutors said that more than 17 1/2 pounds of cocaine was seized from a storage unit Wallace kept.

The case was a result of a joint three-year investigation by the Internal Revenue Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

- Matthew Dolan


Suspect in April 14 robbery of credit union sought by FBI

The FBI is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect in the April 14 robbery of the Fullerton branch of the First Financial Federal Credit Union in Baltimore County.

During the robbery, the FBI said, the man wore dark sunglasses, a black hooded sweat shirt and black baseball cap with a "U" emblem on the front.

Federal investigators said the man entered the bank in the 7900 block of Belair Road, demanded money and implied he had a weapon in the front pocket of his jacket.

Authorities said the man's vehicle may have been a late 1980s or early 1990s faded red pickup truck with primer on the bed and passenger side.

The suspect is described as black, between 30 and 40 years old, and 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall.

All tips about the case should be directed to the FBI at 410-265-8080.

- Matthew Dolan


Prettyboy watershed group plans celebration tomorrow

The Prettyboy Watershed Alliance plans its second annual celebration of the natural resources in the reservoir's watershed tomorrow at the Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include workshops on environmentally friendly landscaping and septic management, art, music, nature walks, historical lectures, pony rides, a drumming circle, a climbing wall, face-painting and games.

The center is at 1717 Rayville Road in Parkton. Information:


Lane closures expected on Pratt Street this weekend

City transportation officials are planning lane closures along Pratt Street this weekend for the installation of concrete sidewalks.

Starting at 7 p.m. today, Pratt Street will be reduced to one lane of through traffic at the intersection of President Street, weather permitting. Turns from eastbound Pratt onto President will still be permitted.

The work is scheduled to last until Monday at 1 a.m., and city officials are encouraging motorists to find alternate routes.


School board to vote on raise for Hairston

The Baltimore County school board will vote next week on a proposed raise for Superintendent Joe A. Hairston, the school board president said last night.

School board President James R. Sasiadek would not say how much the proposed raise would be. He said the board will discuss the matter in closed session Tuesday and vote on it in public later that night. He was responding to a question about the agenda for the school board meeting, which was posted online yesterday and includes an item, "Consideration of Addendum to Superintendent's Contract."

"The board is so very pleased with [Hairston's] performance," Sasiadek said. "That's why this is coming about."

Last year, in renewing Hairston's contract through 2008, the board gave him a $45,000 raise, boosting his salary to $230,000 a year. The contract allows the school board to give Hairston raises if he receives positive annual evaluations.

Hairston, who leads a district with 108,000 students and 17,000 employees, declined to comment last night, saying that to do so would be "highly inappropriate."

The board has met behind closed doors twice in the past month to discuss Hairston's evaluation for the school year that ends this month.- Sara Neufeld


1 man killed, another injured in shooting outside bar

One man was killed and another wounded during an early-morning shooting in the parking lot of a Randallstown bar, police said yesterday.

Police found two men suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of the Rush Hour Bar, in the 9800 block of Liberty Road, about 1:30 a.m. yesterday, Baltimore County police said.

Kitredge Brown, 22, of the 100 block of Western Winds Circle in Randallstown was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he later was pronounced dead, police said. The second victim was taken to a local hospital where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to the lower body, police said. A police spokesman said he would not release that victim's name or the name of the hospital because of concerns that someone may want to harm him.

No one has been charged in the shooting, which remains under investigation, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information about the shooting call the Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

- Anica Butler


42 charged in warrants arrested in citywide raids

Nearly 100 local and federal law enforcement officers raided about 80 residences across Baltimore yesterday, arresting 42 people charged in warrants with offenses including armed robbery, theft, burglary and child abuse, a spokesman for the city's Warrant Apprehension Task Force said.

From 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., members of the task force, officers from all nine city police districts, city sheriff's deputies, police officers from Howard and Baltimore counties, city parole and probation agents and U.S. marshals served the warrants, said Sgt. Scott Gerber of the task force.

Gerber said the initiative was in the planning stage for a long time. The arrests were made without incident, and no weapons were seized, he said.

- Richard Irwin


Woman killed, 2 relatives injured in 2-vehicle crash

A Carroll County grandmother was killed and her two adult grandchildren were in critical condition last night after a collision yesterday afternoon at a Reisterstown intersection, Baltimore County police said.

The grandmother, Doris Mae Buchanan, 80, of the 2300 block of Highland View Drive in Finksburg was driving a Mercury sedan south on Nicodemus Road about 2 p.m. when it was hit by a Ford F-150 pickup truck heading west on Franklin Boulevard and pulling a disabled car on a dolly, Ables said.

The driver of the pickup truck - who was not injured - appeared to have run a red light, Ables added.

The car's three occupants were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Buchanan died shortly after 5 p.m., and the others - a man and woman in their 20s - were in critical condition, he said.

The accident remained under investigation.

- Richard Irwin


Academic Olympics winners to be honored tomorrow

Winners of the local Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics will be showcased tomorrow in the fine arts building at Baltimore City Community College's Liberty Heights Avenue campus.

Those being honored won gold medals in Baltimore's ACT-SO competition in April for black high school students. They will compete in the ACT-SO nationals in Milwaukee next month.

This year's winners are Madea Bailey, Shayla Simmons and Gilbert Small from City College; Elizabeth Banks from Polytechnic Institute; David Currie and Catherine Hooper from the Baltimore School for the Arts; and Michael Jordan from Frederick Douglass High School.

Tickets to the event are $10 for adults or $5 for ages 12 and younger, and can be obtained from the Baltimore branch of the NAACP or from the finalists. Money raised will help pay expenses for the trip to the national competition. Information: 410-730-9471.

Because of incorrect information provided to The Sun, a Metro Digest item in yesterday's editions incorrectly referred to a visiting Finnish Navy training ship as being from the Royal Netherlands Navy.
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