Man is shot to death in Greenspring area
An unidentified assailant shot and killed a man shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday on a street in the city's Greenspring community, police said. Officers responding to a report of multiple shots fired in the 2500 block of Loyola Northway found Ramon A. Williams, 21, of the 3900 block of Amy Lane bleeding from at least one gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was rushed to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. It was the first homicide in the Northern District this year. Police also identified a man, 26, who was stabbed to death Saturday night in Highlandtown as Jose Elmer Escobar Pena, who was found with a deep stab wound to his abdomen and died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Police did not have an address for Pena. Also on Saturday night, Hubert S. Dickerson, 32, of the 1200 block of Whitelock St. was fatally shot in the 2500 block of W. Baltimore St. There had been 36 homicides in the city this year as of yesterday afternoon, compared with 23 at this point last year.
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State challenges Magna slots suit
Magna Entertainment Corp. wants a "freeze" of "the entire video lottery licensing process, all because of its own inability to deliver the required fee at the required time," the Maryland attorney general's office said in a court filing yesterday that challenges the company's claim that the state slots bidding process was unconstitutional. Lawyers for the state are arguing that a lawsuit from the Canadian owners of the Laurel Park racetrack should be dismissed because the company should make its case first to a governor-appointed Board of Contract Appeals. The slots commission threw out the bid this month because the company failed to submit $28.5 million in required licensing fees.
State might recover inauguration expenses
Maryland likely will receive reimbursement for some or all of the costs associated with President Barack Obama's inauguration, federal and state officials said yesterday. If a $410 billion spending measure to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year becomes law, Maryland and Virginia would be eligible to draw on a $20 million Justice Department fund for inauguration-related security expenses, according to Democratic Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's office. The state's inaugural costs were about $7.5 million, a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley said. An earlier $11 million figure was a "worst case" estimate, spokesman Shaun Adamec said.
Theft and corruption scheme draws term
A former manager of construction services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison for masterminding a theft and corruption scheme, the state attorney general's office announced. George Flores Alinsod, 58, of Catonsville was also sentenced in Baltimore County Circuit Court to concurrent three-year terms for soliciting bribes and for procurement fraud. The university alerted the attorney general's office to discrepancies in construction projects and cooperated in the resulting investigation. From 1999 to 2004, Alinsod solicited bribes from a number of contractors and subcontractors, steered construction projects toward them and allowed them to inflate their bills to UMBC, the attorney general said. Alinsod was ordered to pay $206,069 in restitution to the university.
Renaut announces run for Annapolis mayor
Gilbert Renaut, a civic activist and 34-year Annapolis resident, announced yesterday that he will run to be the city's next mayor. Renaut, 62, a retired federal trial lawyer, said that if elected, he would work to hire a professional manager for the city, emphasize recreational and educational youth opportunities and work on a transportation system. "With Alderman Richard Israel's withdrawal from the mayoral race, I can only see four more years of the same sort of polarizing city politics we have had for the last eight, and I can't sit still for that," Renaut, a Democrat, said in a statement. Mayor Ellen O. Moyer is finishing up her second and final four-year term this year.