Charter school principal, teacher to return to jobs
The principal and a teacher at Anne Arundel County's sole charter school will return to their posts Monday, about six weeks after school system officials abruptly transferred them out of their jobs for undisclosed reasons.
Principal Fatih Kandil and physics teacher Ali Tuna were temporarily removed from Chesapeake Science Point Charter School last month after the school system learned that the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services was investigating allegations against them. The system has refused to disclose the nature of the allegations, saying it is a confidential personnel matter.
The charter school has been under three years of probation, and Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell has said he would consider closing it unless officials there "cure" a number of deficiencies, including hiring a special-education teacher and providing the system with a clear budget and plan for expansion.
: Bel Air
Two teens charged in use of fake $20 bill
A 14-year-old student who tried to buy lunch at a Bel Air high school with a homemade $20 bill has been charged with possession of counterfeit money and another teenager has been charged with making the fake currency, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.
When the ninth-grader tried to use the fake bill during lunchtime Wednesday at C. Milton Wright High School, the cashier tested the bill with a marker and determined it was counterfeit, police said yesterday.
The teenager was charged with possession of forged currency, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lt. Christina Presberry.
: Federal court
Business owner, 2 others indicted
A business owner, his son and their accountant were indicted in federal court in Baltimore yesterday on tax-fraud charges.
According to the 10-count indictment, Stilianos Mavroulis, 63, and his son, Kyriakos Mavroulis, 26, both of Baltimore diverted at least $1.9 million from Fidelity Home Mortgage Corp. from 1998 through 2004 to pay for personal expenses.
Stilianos Mavroulis owned the company, and Kyriakos Mavroulis was head of the company's accounting department, functioning as its chief financial officer, prosecutors said. They classified such personal expenses as "other expenses" on the company's books to diminish the company's gross income and cause members of the Marvroulis family to underpay their individual federal taxes by at least $540,000, the indictment alleges.
Joseph Poole, 62, of Graysonville, who worked for an accounting firm based in Annapolis, prepared individual tax returns signed by Stilianos Mavroulis that contained false information for the tax years 2000 through 2003, prosecutors said.
The three defendants could receive maximum sentences of five years in prison on the most serious charge.
Ex-ship engineer guilty in waste case
The former chief engineer of a U.S.-flagged car carrier pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore yesterday to criminal charges related to the deliberate discharge of oil-contaminated bilge waste.
In January last year, a federal judge ordered the ship's operator to pay a $1 million fine for pollution violations after a local Coast Guard investigation led to the discovery of the improper discharge of hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil-contaminated waste.
Pacific-Gulf Marine Inc. had pleaded guilty to criminal charges that it allowed four of its ships to dump untreated waste. The company was also ordered to pay $500,000 for community service, in part to restore and protect Maryland waterways.
Yesterday, Patrick Brown, the former chief engineer of the Fidelio, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson to conspiracy and making a false statement in a ship's oil record book. Brown's sentencing is set for May 14. He could receive a maximum sentence of five years.
Heating-oil spill clogs intersection
About 1,000 gallons of heating oil from a fuel company truck spilled last night in Southwest Baltimore, clogging a busy intersection, closing off several blocks and diverting traffic for hours, city fire officials said.
Firefighters were called to Hilton and Edmondson avenues about 7 p.m., where they found heating oil spilling from an A1 Fuel Oil truck. The truck had spilled oil for about a mile, said Kevin Cartwright, a city Fire Department spokesman.
The truck had traveled from Harlem Avenue to Longwood Street to Edmondson before stopping at Edgewood Street, fire officials said. Firefighters used sand and an absorbent to soak up the oil. Investigators are not sure what caused the spill, Cartwright said.
Fire officials said a minor car accident resulted from the slick streets. No one was injured.
Officials from the state Department of the Environment and Department of Transportation also were called to the scene.
Fire forces 200 from dormitory
A fire at a Salisbury University dormitory last night forced the evacuation of more than 200 students.
No one was hurt in the fire, which broke out on the fourth floor of six-story Chester Hall on Camden Avenue, said Ellen Neufeldt, vice president for student affairs. The fire was called in at 7:45 p.m. by a student who pulled an alarm when he or she smelled smoke, Neufeldt said. The blaze, which likely was electrical, appeared to be contained within a half-hour, she said.
All students in the hall, which houses 220 students, were evacuated, Neufeldt said. Most of the students were expected to return to their rooms last night, although cots were set up elsewhere for students whose rooms were most damaged.
The state fire marshal's office will investigate, Neufeldt said.