Woman, 97, found dead in burning Parkville home
A woman who celebrated her 97th birthday last week was found dead in her burning home in Parkville yesterday morning by Baltimore County firefighters. Mable Heim, who was born Jan. 22, 1912, was alone in the two-story house in the 3000 block of Edgewood Ave. when firefighters entered shortly after 2 a.m. and discovered her dead in the dining room, said Elise Armacost, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman. Armacost said the cause of the one-alarm fire is under investigation.
Annapolis public housing policy draws ACLU threat
The American Civil Liberties Union has threatened to take legal action if the city of Annapolis does not change its policy of banning people from public housing communities by month's end. In a letter sent to the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis this month, the ACLU and Washington law firm Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe said that policy "violates clearly established Maryland law, which provides that ... a public housing's tenant's invited guests ... [cannot] be guilty of criminal trespass." "In our opinion, banning creates a safer environment for the residents of public housing," by removing the people most likely to commit crimes, HACA director Eric Brown said. The issue is scheduled to be discussed at a meeting with the housing authority's board this afternoon.
4 guards at Hagerstown suspended in man's escape
State officials suspended four guards at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown yesterday for what they called officer negligence in the escape of a convicted murderer. Kandelario Garcia-Ramos escaped Jan. 17. He was found Thursday in Washington County about six miles from the facility.