Regional Recap, April 29, 2011

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$150 Sneakers Given In Death Of Christopher Jones Settlement. Eric Ali never was criminally charged in the beating death of a 14-year-old boy in Crofton nearly two years ago. But Wednesday, he paid a price for any involvement he had in the 2009 attack on Christopher Jones — by handing over his size 9½ New Balance sneakers to the dead boy’s parents and walking out of the Anne Arundel County Courthouse in his socks. “It was priceless,” said Christopher’s mother, Jennifer Adkins. “My son is probably looking down smiling from ear to ear now.” Adkins and Christopher’s father, David Jones, settled a wrongful death lawsuit against one of the two teens who punched their boy, as well as four other young men, including Ali, they believe incited the assault.

Ex-United Way Employee Charged In Theft Of $400K. A federal grand jury has indicted a Baltimore woman for wire fraud in an alleged scheme to steal $400,000 from the United Way of Central Maryland. The indictment was returned Thursday against 48-year-old Dorothy Shields Talbot.It alleges that Talbot, who worked in the finance department of the agency, was responsible for depositing donations into a corporate account. The indictment claims that Talbot did not close a checking account for employee activities and deposited donor checks in the account.Prosecutors said Talbot withdrew more than $400,000 from that account and used the money for herself.

Better Late Than Never: Ravens Take Smith In 1st Round. The Baltimore Ravens have selected Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith with the 27th overall pick, after missing their turn in the NFL draft. The Ravens were supposed to pick 26th, but time ran out before they made the pick. Kansas City stepped ahead of Baltimore and made its selection before Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome nabbed Smith. Smith supposedly dropped to late in the first round because he had a positive marijuana test while at Colorado.

71-Year Old Abducted From Western Maryland Home. Police are looking for a Frostburg man who is accused of abducting a 71-year-old man during a robbery attempt.Cumberland police said 29-year-old Michael Bittner forced the unidentified victim into his car early Thursday but crashed on Interstate 68 after driving less than 10 miles east.Police said Bittner fled on foot, leaving the victim alone in the car with a flat tire. The man managed to drive to the U.S. 220 exit in Cumberland, authorities said.A citizen spotted him in the disabled car at 3:44 a.m. and called police. Officers arrived to find the elderly man bleeding from wounds on his face and head, wearing only his underwear and a T-shirt.

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