A news brief in yesterday's Maryland section gave an...

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April 15, 1997|By From staff reports

TOWSON — A news brief in yesterday's Maryland section gave an incorrect day for the annual "Police Chase," a 5-mile road race that starts at the Baltimore Police Headquarters and ends at Rash Field. The race kicks off at 9 a.m. Sunday.

The Sun regrets the error.

TOWSON -- County police have charged two Baltimore men with robbing a Home Depot store in Catonsville and kidnapping a 21-year-old clerk.

Gregory Higgins, 41, of the 400 block E. 22nd St. and his cousin, William Thomas Heggie, 37, of the 1300 block of N. Chester St. were being held yesterday at Woodlawn Precinct in lieu of $100,000 bail, police said.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

The incident began about 11 a.m. Sunday when two men were seen taking six unassembled picnic tables from the Home Depot in the 6000 block of Baltimore National Pike. The men forced a clerk into their truck and drove away, police said. They dropped the clerk off a block away and were arrested at the Glen Burnie Home Depot store Sunday evening when they tried to return the tables, police said.

Churchill to succeed Kelly as administrative officer

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TOWSON -- Robin Churchill, a 42-year-old accountant whom County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger calls his "right arm," will become county administrative officer when Merreen Kelly retires in June. The appointment is to be announced today. Churchill will be the county's first female administrative officer.

The post is the highest appointed job in county government, although Ruppersberger's team approach to organizing his staff has given Michael H. Davis, his spokesman and chief lobbyist, broad policy-making authority.

Churchill, who lives in Baldwin with her husband and two sons, started in county government nearly six years ago in the County Council auditor's office.

Police charge two men in series of robberies

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TOWSON -- Baltimore County police have charged two men in string of armed robberies in which the robbers pulled a gun from a shoe box.

Zachary Terry McAlily Jr., 23, of the 800 block of Bentalou St. in Baltimore was charged with three counts of armed robbery. Mark Edward Williams, 24, of the 3400 block of Lynne Haven Drive in Woodlawn was charged with five counts of armed robbery. Both were being held yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center, McAlily in lieu of $100,000 bail and Williams in lieu of $250,000 bail, police said.

The men were identified after a videotape of one of the robberies was shown on television newscasts.

The Police Department-sponsored annual five-mile "Police Chase" road race, which benefits Maryland Special Olympics, is set for Saturday. A one-mile fun run also will be held.

The five-mile race starts at 9 a.m. in front of Police Headquarters at 601 E. Fayette St., winds through downtown and Little Italy and ends at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor. The winner gets $100 and a police baseball cap.

The entry fee is $15. Race-day registration begins at 7: 30 a.m. in the War Memorial Building. The race is limited to 1,000 runners. Information: Sgt. Joann Voelker, 410-396-2472.

Residents' comments sought on city's fiscal 1998 budget

Residents who want to comment on the city's proposed $2.4 billion fiscal 1998 budget can have their say at 7 p.m. today at the War Memorial building, Fayette andGay streets, during the Board of Estimates' annual taxpayers' night.

To help fund the spending plan, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is proposing an energy tax that would cost the typical Baltimore household about $52 a year. He said the levy is needed to save recreation centers from being closed.

Reduction in amusement tax gets preliminary approval

The City Council gave preliminary approval yesterday to a measure that would lower the amusement tax on pinball and video game machines.

Under the measure, beginning January 1998, the city would charge a flat $175 license fee plus a 10 percent levy on the machines. Last year, the council approved a charge of $450 per license and a 10 percent levy.

Budget officials estimate that the cut would decrease annual revenue from the machines by half -- from $1.2 million to $660,000.

Pub Date: 4/15/97

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