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Maryland man gets more than 15 years in fatal overdose

GREENBELT (AP) — Federal authorities in Maryland say a drug dealer who provided the narcotics that caused the fatal overdose of a person in October 2017 has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

The office of the U.S. Attorney in Maryland on Tuesday announced the sentence against 46-year-old Keino Ferrez Dorsey.

The Lexington Park resident earlier pleaded guilty to one count each of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl and other narcotics.

Authorities say the unnamed victim went to Dorsey's apartment on Oct. 17, 2017, to buy drugs. Authorities say Dorsey in a plea agreement admitted he called 911 twice, telling the dispatcher in one call the victim was unresponsive.

The medical examiner determined the person's cause of death was intoxication of heroin, fentanyl and other narcotics.

Black Baltimore principal claims white officer degraded him

OWINGS MILLS (AP) — An African-American school principal says he was degraded by a white Baltimore County police officer while he and his son watched an arrest.

The Baltimore Sun reports police are investigating the claim made by Patterson High School Principal Vance Benton.

Benton says he and his 15-year-old son were observing an arrest last month when the officer began "baiting" him, making belittling comments, such as asking Benton if he could read and insinuating that Benton's son would be arrested someday. His letter to county officials says he'd never experienced such "degradation, disrespect and humiliation." He wrote that innocent lives are in jeopardy from this kind of racial bias.

Police Chief Melissa Hyatt says they're taking the complaint seriously. The department denied the paper's request for the officer's body camera recording.

Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

Baltimore teachers call for donated fans, district resists

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's teacher union is calling for fans to be donated to schools as sweltering heat pushes classroom temperatures into the hundreds, but the district says electrical infrastructure may not be equipped to handle it.

The Baltimore Sun reports the union hopes to hand out 500 fans in response to a lack of functional air-conditioning in city schools, some of which have none at all.

But Baltimore Schools Chief Operations Officer Lynette Washington is warning against it, saying the buildings don't have the electrical load to withstand it.

The union is pushing back. President Diamonté Brown is quoted by the paper as responding: "If you're so concerned about the electricity being overloaded, then fix it."

Baltimore police officer injured when car hits his cruiser

BALTIMORE (AP) — Authorities say a Baltimore police officer was hurt when a motorist crashed their car into his parked vehicle.

The Baltimore Sun reports police spokeswoman Det. Donny Moses says a woman was speeding in a Jeep on Tuesday in the Central Park Heights neighborhood when she sideswiped one car and then crashed into the rear of an unmarked police car. Moses said the force of the crash also caused the vehicle to crash into two other cars.

Moses said the woman suffered minor injuries. The unidentified officer inside the car was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma, and WJZ reports the officer was released from the hospital on Wednesday. Moses could not be reached immediately on Wednesday for additional comment.

Virginia man pleads guilty to providing fake driver licenses

GREENBELT (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Virginia man has pleaded guilty to providing and transferring Maryland driver licenses by bribing two workers at the Motor Vehicle Administration.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland says 34-year-old Warner Antonio Portillo of Manassas, Virginia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce and transfer identification documents without lawful authority.

According to a news release, people who couldn't get a license legally paid Portillo and his co-conspirators between $800 and $5,000 in cash to obtain them. Prosecutors say Portillo paid the MVA workers similar amounts for each fake license issued, and they also said at least 276 fake Maryland licenses were made and transferred.

Portillo, who entered his plea on Tuesday, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 19.

The paper reports the district has an almost $3 billion maintenance backlog from decades of underfunding.

Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

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