City police yesterday arrested a man suspected of bilking...

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

July 03, 1996|By From staff reports

TOWSON — City police yesterday arrested a man suspected of bilking people out of money by claiming he had locked his keys in his car and needed a locksmith.

Michael Anthony Jones, 40, of the 1000 block of Marlau Drive was charged with six counts of theft and larceny, police said. He is suspected of getting money from up to 40 residents, many of whom gave him between $5 and $40, said Sgt. Frank Wagner of Northeastern District.

Police said residents on several Northeast Baltimore streets, including Markley and Mayfield avenues and Parkside Drive, were bilked. Jones was arrested yesterday morning after a resident complained to police. Police found him down the street from her house.

Emanuel to meet residents, discuss tire chips plan

Norman J. Emanuel has agreed to attend a meeting of the Cherry Hill Improvement Association on Monday and discuss his plans to store combustible tire chips on the site of a days-long fire seven years ago, 6th District Councilman Melvin Stukes said.

In February 1989, shredded tires at the West Patapsco Avenue site of Emanuel Tire, which is owned by Emanuel, caught fire, sending smoke clouds and a stench over the nearby Cherry Hill neighborhood. The company collects old tires for resale.

The Maryland Department of the Environment has given Emanuel written approval to store tire chips temporarily, but Stukes and community members had complained they weren't given a chance to talk to Emanuel or the state about plans for the site.

Special council session called for vote on loan funds

The City Council will hold a special session at 3 p.m. July 10 to give final approval to legislation allowing $34 million in federal loan funds to flow into east side neighborhoods, council President Lawrence A. Bell III's office announced yesterday.

Community residents complained bitterly last month when the council failed to pass the bill before adjourning for the summer. The money is to be used by the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, a public-private redevelopment effort, to demolish and renovate hundreds of vacant houses in the vicinity of the Johns Hopkins medical complex.

TOWSON -- The new county fire chief will have a familiar face. Paul H. Reincke, who held the job from 1975 until his retirement in 1990 and was asked to return by County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, was confirmed for the position by the County Council Monday night.

The man he is replacing, former Chief Allen A. Thomason, has withdrawn from contention for Prince George's County's top fire job. He said he plans to do consulting work and perhaps teach at the National Fire Academy at Emmitsburg.

Thomason, a former deputy chief from San Diego, resigned unexpectedly in May after less than a year heading the county department.

Boy, 15, gets 40 years for fatally shooting man

TOWSON

TOWSON -- A 15-year-old Randallstown boy received a life sentence, with all but 40 years suspended, yesterday in county Circuit Court for fatally shooting a man with a sawed-off shotgun the day after Christmas.

Corey Christopher Mercer -- a ninth-grader at Milford Mill Academy when he shot Juan Latorre, 28 -- said he became angry and got his weapon after the Randallstown man threw ice at him, and that he and the victim were struggling over the shotgun when it discharged.

But Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney James G. Pyne disagreed, telling Judge Christian M. Kahl yesterday, "You can't struggle over a gun and shoot someone in the back of the head." Mercer pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in April.

Traffic delays expected on Shawan Road for concert

COCKEYSVILLE

COCKEYSVILLE -- Rush-hour traffic delays are expected along westbound Shawan Road this evening as crowds head to Oregon Ridge Park for the first of two Baltimore Symphony Orchestra holiday concerts, which will include fireworks.

The music does not begin until 8 p.m. but county police have advised motorists not going to Oregon Ridge to avoid the Shawan Road area near the park beginning at 4 p.m., when the gates are to open. The symphony will repeat its "Star-Spangled Spectacular" at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate. For more information, call 783-8000.

Pub Date: 7/03/96

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