A Baltimore County man is suing the mayor, the City...

City/County Digest

June 26, 1996|By From staff reports

CHASE — A Baltimore County man is suing the mayor, the City Council, the Police Department and the Orioles for almost $3 million in damages, alleging that he suffered harm to his name and reputation after being arrested for selling tickets to a 1995 baseball game in the designated "scalp-free zone" near the Camden Yards stadium.

Shane Weinstein, 22, of Randallstown was subjected to "humiliation, burdened by worry and suffered damage to his good reputation and name" when he was arrested last June after selling two tickets to an undercover police officer, according to the suit filed Monday in city Circuit Court.

Fans are allowed to resell tickets for up to face value in the zone, but Weinstein was charged with scalping when he offered two tickets to the bleachers for $7.50 each. Police argued that by including the $2.50 surcharge printed on each $5 ticket, he broke the law because he sold the tickets for more than the admission price. Weinstein was found not guilty in a trial last August.

Man shot at by police 22 times is identified

Police yesterday identified a man shot and killed by an officer during a gunbattle in East Baltimore on Monday as Timothy Coles, 28, of the 1100 block of Leadenhall St.

Coles was shot four times -- in the right eye, neck, chest and right forearm -- by Officer Ty C. Crane, 29, police said. Crane had chased Coles from an alley into the 1000 block of W. Lafayette Ave., where police and witnesses said Coles fired four shots at the officer.

Crane, who was not wounded, shot 22 times at Coles, who died at the scene. Crane, who is assigned to the Central District, was placed on administrative duties pending an internal investigation.

CHASE -- Robert Oliver Park, a one-acre open space in Chase adjacent to what had been the early 19th-century Baltimore merchant's hunting lodge, will be dedicated at 7 p.m. Friday. A concert by students from the Maryland Summer Center for the Arts at Goucher College will follow.

The park is on Patapsco Road at Gunpowder Road in the Oliver Beach section of Chase in the eastern part of the county. Oliver House itself is privately owned and not open to the public.

Ruppersberger hopes to add $10,000 to campaign fund

CATONSVILLE

CATONSVILLE -- County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III was hoping to add about $10,000 to his campaign coffers at a $50-a-ticket fund-raiser last night outside Garland's Garden Center on Ingleside Avenue.

The small, regional event for about 200 people was the first of several aimed at giving supporters "a way to help" if they don't want to pay $100 or $500 for a major fund-raiser ticket, Ruppersberger spokesman Michael H. Davis said.

Former County Councilwoman Berchie Lee Manley of Catonsville and several others picketed the event over the county's refusal to renovate and reopen the old Catonsville Middle School.

Free divorce, custody help offered to couples in need

TOWSON

TOWSON -- Beginning July 9 in the county courthouse, lawyers will offer free, first-time legal assistance for couples with financial need who want to file for simple divorce or custody arrangements.

The Family Law Assistance Project, a coalition of lawyers and counselors, has received funding from the United Way and will offer the class. Referrals for free counseling for related emotional issues will be offered through the Pro Bono Counseling Project.

Call Dixie Wilson of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service at 547-6537 for prescreening.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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