No more than 30 percent of units in three scattered-site...

City/County Digest

June 27, 1996|By From staff reports

TWO NEW PIECES OF EQUIPMENT — No more than 30 percent of units in three scattered-site apartment buildings in the area of the Mount Pleasant public golf course in northeast Baltimore will be leased to tenants receiving government rent subsidies.

That news was announced at yesterday's Board of Estimates meeting before the board approved a redevelopment deal for the three buildings that involves the city's Department of Housing and Community Development.

The state is providing $4 million for the developer to renovate the buildings, which contain 212 units. It's a project of developer Struever Brothers, Eccles and Rouse.

Man charged with cashing checks of comatose patient

A Baltimore County man accused of using the identification of a comatose man to cash bogus checks was arrested recently on a number of theft-related charges.

Michael Damario, 32, of the White Marsh area is accused of using the identification and personal history information of a 32-year-old patient at Deaton Hospital in the city to write and cash more than $3,000 in checks, said city Assistant State's Attorney Marcella A. Holland.

Holland said Damario also tried to steal $50,000 more by opening bank accounts but was unsuccessful. He was indicted on several charges, including theft and attempted theft. His wife, Deborah Damario, is charged with conspiracy to commit theft.

State giving $5,000 to help restore Battle Monument

Guardians of the Battle Monument in Baltimore are making progress in efforts to raise funds for restoration of the monument.

At 11: 30 a.m. today, Maryland Secretary of State John T. Willis will present a check for $5,000 to the group, which is raising funds to restore the Calvert Street monument in time for the city's bicentennial in 1997. Willis, also chairman of the Maryland Military Monuments Commission, will present the check on behalf of that organization to Baltimore's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), which launched a $250,000 fund drive to restore the monument.

Other recent contributions include $30,000 from the Maryland Historical Trust, $35,000 from the city of Baltimore, and $5,000 from the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to CHAP, 417 E. Fayette St., Baltimore 21202. The monument will be rededicated on Sept. 12, 1997, the 182nd anniversary of the Battle of North Point.

26 get GED diploma through Career Academy

At commencement ceremonies yesterday, Baltimore honored 26 young adults who returned to the books after dropping out of high school.

The students, ages 16 to 21, completed occupational training and course work this year for the General Educational Development diploma through the Career Academy run by the Mayor's Office of Employment Development.

Since the program's beginning in 1994, more than 75 students have graduated, said spokeswoman Gail Woods.

Fire Department receives 2 devices to aid paramedics

Two new pieces of equipment -- a hand-held data collection device and a defibrillator for cardiac patients -- will be unveiled today by the Baltimore Fire Department at the Oldtown Fire Station, 1100 Hillen St.

The data collection device, which resembles a small computer, will allow paramedics to gather information about their patients faster, said Battalion Chief Hector Torres, a department spokesman.

The automated external defibrillator will be used to give electric shocks to patients in cardiac arrest to increase their chances of survival, Torres said.

TOWSON -- A 51-year-old Essex man was sentenced yesterday to two consecutive life terms for trying to arrange the killing of a former girlfriend.

The defendant, John Robert Matheson, had threatened to kill the woman in 1993, and made repeated threatening telephone calls to her -- before and after he was convicted and placed on `D probation for telephone harassment and ordered to have no contact with her, authorities said.

Matheson was jailed in the county detention center early in 1995 when he offered a cellmate $10,000 to kill the woman. After the cellmate told state police, a trooper posing as a hit man taped a telephone conversation in which Matheson said he wanted "the problem eliminated." A jury convicted him in April of two counts of solicitation to commit murder.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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