BALTIMORE CITY BALTIMORE — BCCC says enrollment is up 31% from year ago
BALTIMORE -- Enrollment at Baltimore City Community College increased this fall by 31 percent over last year, officials said yesterday.
In all, 6,837 students enrolled this year at the two-year college, compared with 4,868 last fall.
School officials said the poor economy, as well as BCCC's low tuition -- the lowest of any college in the state -- helped swell the enrollment numbers.
Money transferred for dam construction
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
ANNAPOLIS -- The County Council approved the transfer Monday night of an additional $665,000 to complete reconstruction of the Lake Waterford Dam in Pasadena.
The work was ordered in February because the state Department of Natural Resources declared the dam structurally unsafe.
The bid was higher than county officials expected.
The total project will cost $1,272,550.
The dam, which lies on the east side of the 11-acre lake in Pasadena, was built in 1929. If the reconstruction is not done, state officials will force the county to drain the lake, county officials said.
Physician cleared of negligence
ANNAPOLIS -- Jurors cleared a Severna Park physician yesterday of charges of negligence in his handling of a patient who came to him for nose surgery and suffered brain damage.
A jury of eight women and four men deliberated five hours yesterday before finding that Dr. Scott E. Burgess, an ear, nose and throat specialist, acted with a reasonable standard of care in surgery performed on Kevin Kennelly four years ago.
Mr. Kennelly, a former real estate broker and sales manager for ARCO service stations in Annapolis, testified that he has been unable to work since the May 11, 1988, operation at North Arundel Hospital to remove diseased sinus tissue from his nose.
In surgery at North Arundel Hospital, Dr. Burgess went into Mr. Kennelly's upper nasal chambers too deeply, piercing the interior ceiling of the cavity, or ethmoid roof, and removing brain tissue, according to testimony.
The case hinged not on the harm done, but on whether Dr. Burgess exercised reasonable care in performing the surgery, the legal standard in such cases.
Man critically injured in compactor accident
MILLERSVILLE -- A Pasadena man was in critical condition yesterday after a compactor rolled over him at the Millersville Landfill.
James Michael Helsel, 22, of the 200 block of Glen Road was standing at the bottom of an incline yesterday morning while the compactor was being operated higher on the hill behind him and slid down onto him, county police said.
Mr. Helsel, an employee of Reliable Contracting, was taken by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.
Workers honored for humanitarian acts
WESTMINSTER -- Olivia Schrodetzki, assistant program coordinator at the Westminster Senior Center, will be honored tomorrow for using the Heimlich maneuver to assist a woman who was choking.
"She saved my life," said Genevieve Friedline, 80, who choked on a piece of meat during a lunch at the senior center in February.
Hoods Mill Landfill employee Martin Norwood also will receive an "Employee Appreciation and Humanitarian Award," which carries with it a plaque and $100 saving bond. He was nominated for his help and courtesy to landfill users.
County employees recognize their peers with the awards each quarter, said Bev Billingslea, assistant director of the Department of Human Resources and Personnel Services.
The awards will be presented at the County Office Building at 2 p.m.
Westminster parade bond could be illegal
WESTMINSTER -- A Westminster ordinance that allows city officials to require bonds from parade sponsors may be unconstitutional under a recent Supreme Court ruling, the state attorney general's office has advised the city.
But that section of law and two others criticized earlier as "absurd" and probably unconstitutional by the American Civil Liberties Union may soon be off the city's books. One bars parade marchers from carrying flags of any countries with which the United States has broken off diplomatic relations. The other bars citizens from picketing without a permit.
City Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan said the council's public safety committee probably will recommend soon that the council scrap the three questionable sections of the picketing and parade ordinance.
The committee recommendation has not been made yet because council members are awaiting the results of research by City Attorney John B. Walsh Jr. that is expected Monday.
Assistant Attorney General Kathryn M. Rowe told the city its bond requirement "would appear to raise constitutional questions."
Her notice came after the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that Forsyth County, Ga., could not levy parade permit fees that varied because of the level of police protection a parade was likely to require.
Business phone fray is going to court
WESTMINSTER -- What's in a phone number?