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Jury acquits city man in strangulation of teenager

A Circuit Court jury has acquitted a Baltimore man in the strangulation of a 15-year-old girl in a case complicated when a judge threw out DNA evidence because of a paperwork mistake by prosecutors.

Jurors returned a not guilty verdict Wednesday evening, clearing Terry Darrell Jones, 24, of murder in the 2004 death of Antiona Mills, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said they had DNA evidence linking Jones to the killing on a belt used to bind her ankles, but failed to turn over to the defense a routine document about crime lab procedures.

The judge barred prosecutors from using the DNA evidence at trial, and they had to rely on other DNA evidence collected by an independent lab that was not as complete.

Baltimore: Sentencing

2 in drug operation to serve 10 years

Two Baltimore men each received 10-year prison sentences in federal court yesterday for their role in a crack cocaine operation on the city's east side.

David Brown, 22, and Taki Hughes, 30, pleaded guilty to drug distribution. Brown also pleaded guilty to an illegal gun possession charge.

According to the statements of fact presented at their guilty pleas, Hughes and Brown operated a drug shop from which they distributed powder cocaine and crack at the 1700 block of Crystal Ave. from 2004 until July 2005.

Investigative work by city police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found that Brown and Hughes ran street sales from that address and others, including abandoned houses in the area.

Matthew Dolan


O's fans asked to bring food to game

Fans attending this weekend's Orioles games against the New York Yankees are asked to bring non-perishable food donations for the 20th Annual Orioles Food Drive. The event is sponsored by the Orioles Wives, the Oriole Advocates, WJZ-TV and Von Paris Moving and Storage. Donations will go to the Maryland Food Bank.


Polish festival to begin today

Baltimore's 33rd Annual Polish Festival is set to begin today in Patterson Park near the Pulaski Monument, at Eastern and Linwood avenues. Hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow, and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 today and $4 tomorrow and Sunday.


Weekend event to celebrate bamboo

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's Wild About Bamboo festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event is free with general admission to the zoo. Visitors will learn about the use of bamboo through history and be able to talk with vendors and nursery representatives. Demonstrations will include bamboo used for wind chimes, canoes, floors, landscaping and sculptures, zoo officials said. The event is being held with the Northeastern Chapter of the American Bamboo Society. Information: 410-366-5466 or www.marylandzoo.org.


Monroe St. Viaduct to close at 9 tonight

The Monroe Street Viaduct in South Baltimore will be closed from 9 tonight through 6 a.m. Monday so work crews can install an overhead sign, according to the city's Department of Transportation. Officials said traffic on Washington Boulevard and Monroe Street will be detoured onto Bush Street and then onto Russell Street. Vehicles on Annapolis Road will be detoured onto Russell Street, east on Haines Street, north on Warner Street, west on Bayard Street, onto Wicomico Street and back to Monroe Street.

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