For sale: county buildings
Two police stations and a fire station in Baltimore County in three busy commercial corridors are up for sale to raise money to pay for school improvements such as technology upgrades and air conditioning, county officials said. On the market are the Towson Fire Station and Public Works Facility at 800 York Road, the North Point Government Center at 1747 Merritt Boulevard and a police substation in Randallstown at 9113 Liberty Road. The occupants of each facility would transfer to new locations, and the moves would then start a chain reaction of other transfers, including the closure of Eastwood Elementary Magnet School to make room for the east side’s new police district.
ACLU part of suit seeking Leopold’s ‘enemies list’
Eleven Maryland residents and a civil-liberties group sued indicted Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold on Wednesday in an effort to discover if their names are on an enemies list he allegedly had compiled illegally. The ACLU of Maryland, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, said it filed five Public Information Act requests for the list but to no avail. The individual plaintiffs include Jacqueline Allsup, president of the NAACP’s Anne Arundel County branch, and Carl O. Snowden, currently on leave from his position as head of the civil rights division at the Office of the Maryland Attorney General. The lawsuit, which names Leopold and the county police department as defendants, was filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
BCCC ousts Williams as college president
Baltimore City Community College officials asked President Carolane Williams to step down from her post as they seek a “new vision” for the school, the board of trustees announced. The school has experienced leadership and performance struggles in the past, and Williams has come under attack in recent years. But beyond the desire for a new vision — which school officials said should be executed by a new leader — details of her release remain foggy, and school officials would not provide more clarity. “We’re not looking at problems — we’re looking at opportunities,” said Rosemary Gillett-Karam, chair of the board of trustees.
Press photographer sues Montgomery Co. over arrest
A photographer and video producer who has spent 20 years as a credentialed member of the White House press corps is suing Montgomery County and county police officers, alleging he was arrested in June 2011 for recording the arrest of two young Hispanic men. Mannie Garcia said in his lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, that he clearly identified himself as a member of the press and “maintained a safe and respectful distance from the police activity,” but was still subjected to verbal and physical abuse in addition to the arrest.
Friday deadline for claims against Del. pediatrician
Children who were sexually abused by a former Delaware pediatrician, including about 100 who live in Maryland, have until Friday to submit claims after a $123 million settlement of their civil lawsuit. After attorneys’ fees and expenses are paid, $90 million should be available for victims, according to plaintiffs’ attorney Philip Federico of Schochor, Federico & Staton P.A. in Baltimore. So far, more than 900 of Earl Bradley’s 7,400 patients have come forward to participate in the class action against him, Federico said. Any additional victims have until Friday to do so.
Former IRS officer turned lawyer disbarred
A Baltimore lawyer has been disbarred for giving tax information to a con-artist friend while working as an Internal Revenue Service revenue officer more than a decade ago. The Court of Appeals disbarred Mark Edward Hunt on Dec. 4, one day after a hearing he did not attend. Hunt was indicted on tax-fraud conspiracy charges in March 2010. He pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt and was sentenced in January 2011 to three years’ probation.