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Man, 26, charged in two street attacks

A 26-year-old man has been charged with attacking and robbing a man and a woman seven days apart in the same block of The Alameda in Northeast Baltimore in January and February, city police and prosecutors said.

Ronald Calhoun of the 1300 block of Silver Thorne Road was being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail, authorities said yesterday.

The first attack, on Holton F. Brown, 66, an editorial assistant at The Sun, occurred about 4:50 a.m. Jan. 29 in the 5600 block of The Alameda. Brown told police that he was grabbed from behind and then hit in the face when he turned away and tried to dial 911 on his cell phone.

Brown was then hit in the body and on the head with a pole and his wallet was taken from his right pocket, the police report said.

About midnight Feb. 5, Lynn Braxton was robbed as she used an automated teller machine in the same block, police said in charging documents.

The camera in the ATM took a photo of a suspect that was distributed to officers. Police said the photo matched the description Brown gave of his attacker.

On March 12, police said, Officer Ronald Rienhardt -- who had responded to the call from Brown on Jan. 29 -- saw a man fitting the description standing in the 5600 block of The Alameda and arrested him.

Federal court

Man pleads guilty in child porn case

A 21-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday to distributing child pornography on the Internet from a motel. He could be sentenced to five years to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced May 16, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Levi Peterson admitted in his plea agreement in U.S. District Court in Baltimore that he had more than 2,000 images of child pornography stored on his home computer and 4,500 similar images on a disk that FBI agents found in his room at the Days Inn Court.

Prosecutors said an undercover FBI agent in New York assigned to patrol the Internet looking for child pornography sites found one advertising images of preteen boys. The investigation began in 2003.

In court papers, the agent said it was difficult to sign on because an error message -- "corrupted" -- flashed on the screen on the first two attempts to download an image. Authorities said they believe that was an attempt to encourage law enforcement into thinking the site did not exist.

The agent wrote in court papers that each time someone tried unsuccessfully to gain access to the site, the user was credited with "byte points" that accumulated and finally granted entry. Prosecutors said they traced the server of the site to the Baltimore motel.

Subway

Routine repairs to slow trains

Metro subway trains in Baltimore will operate on a slower schedule this weekend so that workers can do routine maintenance on the tracks, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

Trains in both directions will have to share a single track today and tomorrow between stations on West Cold Spring Lane and State Center. As a result, there will be 22-minute waits between trains, the MTA says. The typical wait is 15 minutes, according to the MTA's regular weekend schedule.

Regular service is to resume Monday. Information: 866-RIDE-MTA, or www.mtamaryland.com.

Southeast

Parade to shut part of Eastern Ave.

Eastern Avenue from Haven to Ponca streets in Southeast Baltimore will be closed Sunday for the Greek Independence Day Parade, according to the city's Department of Transportation.

The thoroughfare will be closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Motorists headed east on Eastern Avenue will be detoured left onto Haven Street, right onto Lombard Street, right onto Ponca Street and back to Eastern.

Westbound Eastern Avenue traffic will be detoured right onto Ponca Street, left onto Lombard, left onto Haven and back to Eastern.

Baltimore County

: Woodlawn

Women in the Arts event is today

The Links Inc. Patapsco River chapter will present its annual Women in the Arts program from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at Woodmoor Elementary School, 3200 Elba Drive, Woodlawn.

The event focuses on the preservation of African-American performing, literary and visual arts. Participating artists include Sonia Hayes, Christmas Rose, Sandra Street, Cheryl Goodman and Lovey Smith.

Information: 443-858-6247.

Reservoir

Boat-fishing season begins next week

The boat-fishing season on Loch Raven Reservoir begins Friday and runs through the end of November, the Baltimore Department of Public Works has announced.

The fishing season at Liberty and Prettyboy Reservoirs began March 1 and continues until Dec. 31.

Boating requires a permit, which is $60 a season. The reservoirs are in Baltimore County.

People who apply for a permit will receive a 2008 Pocket Guide to Boating and Fishing, which public works officials say gives details about more than 40 species of fish in the reservoirs. They include channel catfish, largemouth bass, rock bass and rainbow trout. The guide also includes information on fishing regulations and maps.

To obtain a permit, contact the Department of Public Works, 410-795-6150. Maryland fishing licenses, also required, are available at sporting goods stores.

Anne Arundel

: Harwood

Man, 83, injured in brush fire, dies

A Prince George's County man who was critically injured in a small brush fire on property owned in southern Anne Arundel County died yesterday, authorities said.

Robert E. Haske, 83, of Hyattsville was burning materials in a barrel in the 4600 block of South Polling House Road in Harwood on Wednesday when the flames spread to the ground, said Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia, a spokesman for the county Fire Department.

Haske was burned while attempting to extinguish the blaze, Tobia said.. A neighbor called 911 at 3:14 p.m., and Haske was flown to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, where he died yesterday, Tobia said.

His wife, Margaret D. Haske, said her husband enjoyed tending to the property.

Nicole Fuller

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