Baltimore's King parade is scheduled for Monday

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore's eighth Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will take place at noon Monday along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Mayor Sheila Dixon's office announced yesterday.

City officials said the theme of the parade, "Men Making a Difference," will honor King and Baltimoreans continuing his legacy. The parade will include dozens of community leaders.

"We honor Dr. King for his tireless and courageous action," Dixon said. "Martin Luther King Day should be a day of remembrance and celebration. And it will be."

The parade will begin at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street. It will conclude at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between Baltimore Street and Washington Boulevard. The parade will affect Baltimore Street and Freemont Avenue, as well.

In addition to city officials, the parade will include Keion Carpenter, who played safety for the Atlanta Falcons and now oversees a private foundation, the Carpenter House, an organization dedicated to creating affordable housing.

The event will include professional boxer Steve "USS" Cunningham, high school marching bands and mounted police units.


John Fritze

Worcester County

: Courts

Man gets prison for drug conviction

A 29-year-old Eastern Shore man was sentenced in federal court in Baltimore to 11 1/2 years in prison for his role in buying and selling crack cocaine.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Curtis Schoolfield, known as "Smoosh," of Pocomoke City, to 138 months in prison followed by eight years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

According to testimony at his two-day trial, Schoolfield sold crack to a government informant on three occasions in 2006. On one occasion, prosecutors said, he sent his mother to deliver the crack and collect the money. The jury returned its verdict after deliberating less than two hours, authorities said.

On Nov. 8, 2000, Schoolfield was convicted in Worcester County Circuit Court of distributing of crack cocaine and was sentenced to six years in prison. But the state judge suspended four years and six months of the sentence, according to federal prosecutors.

Matthew Dolan


: Traffic

King breakfast could cause delays

Commuters coming into downtown Baltimore this morning can expect heavier than normal traffic because of an event at the Baltimore Convention Center, according to the city Department of Transportation. More than 800 drivers are expected on city streets between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., heading to the Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast sponsored by the YMCA of Central Maryland. Traffic enforcement officers will be deployed to help keep traffic moving.

Anne Arundel

: Annapolis

Teenager charged in false reports

An Annapolis teenager has been charged with falsely reporting a kidnapping, armed home invasion and shooting of a 10-year-old boy, sending police to several addresses on a fruitless hunt, Annapolis police said yesterday.

Jessica Rose Moore, 18, of the 1000 block of President St. is alleged to have started calling police about 9:45 a.m. Friday reporting a crisis in progress at an apartment on the 1100 block of Madison St.

Officers who showed up at the apartment, however, found that the residents were "fine" and unaware of the call, police said.

Moore called with additional information, and police were dispatched to other locations, none of which were the scenes of any crimes, police said.

"At various times during the calls, other people could be heard in the background, some of whom were laughing," police said.

Police said Moore was arrested after she approached an officer at one of the nonexistent crime scenes, cell phone in hand, and gave him information that revealed she was the caller.

She has been charged with telephone misuse and making a false report of a crime and is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on $3,000 bond.

Nicole Fuller

Harford County

: Bel Air

Man, 34, charged with stalking child

A 34-year-old registered sex offender has been charged with six counts of stalking and six counts of sexually soliciting a minor, authorities said yesterday.

Leon Frederick Richards of Street was arrested Thursday. Police said he had followed an 11-year-old girl in her Bel Air neighborhood in his white Toyota Tacoma truck, police said. The girl reported that a man had driven by her several times while she walked in her neighborhood about 4:15 p.m.

He is being held at the Harford County Detention Center without bond, authorities said.

Madison Park

An article in the Maryland section on Jan. 15 did not precisely identify a Harford County man charged with stalking and sexually soliciting a minor. The suspect is Leon Frederick Richards Jr., 34, of Street.The Sun regrets the errors.
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