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City/County Digest

April 23, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Indicted officer will retain pay on administrative duty

A city police officer indicted on bribery charges will remain on administrative duty in the communications unit with pay until her criminal case is resolved, Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said yesterday.

Agent Catherine D. Miele, a 15-year veteran, had her police powers suspended during a yearlong investigation that ended in charges of bribery and misconduct. The indictment was handed up Thursday; Miele surrendered Monday.

She is charged with running dozens of criminal record checks for a private investigator and being paid for the information. Arraignment is scheduled for May 16.

City elementary schools to receive `Love-a-Tree' kits

International Paper Co. and Baltimore Parks & People Foundation will distribute 300 "Love-a-Tree" kits to city elementary schools today in honor of Earth Day.

Each kit includes 100 acorns, which students at 60 schools will plant and care for as they grow. Some seedlings will be planted next spring along the Gwynns Falls, Herring Run, Jones Falls and their tributaries. Others will be planted in back yards, parks and school grounds.

The foundation and International Paper are using the kits to introduce the concepts of urban forestry and neighborhood responsibility to children.

City officer was at fault in auto accident, police say

A Baltimore police officer was ruled at fault in a car accident yesterday in Northwest Baltimore that left the officer and a woman with minor injuries, police said.

Officer Ainsley Starghill, a police spokesman, said Officer John Stephen Johnson, 21, was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Caprice patrol car south on Belle Avenue about 7: 45 a.m. when he went through a stop sign at Dolfield Avenue and hit an eastbound 1991 Toyota Camry driven by Sonia E. Brown, whose age and address were not available.

Starghill said Johnson, a three-year veteran, told investigators he did not see the sign because it was obstructed by construction workers.

Maryland Science Center admission is $1 today

In celebration of Maryland Science Week, admission to the Maryland Science Center will be $1 today, and includes entry to the IMAX Theater, Davis Planetarium and the science center's three floors of hands-on exhibits.

Towson Gardens Day to start tomorrow at 10 a.m.

TOWSON

TOWSON -- Flowers, plants, crafts and food will be featured from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the 11th annual Towson Gardens Day at the Towson Courthouse fountain plaza and along West Pennsylvania and Baltimore avenues.

The flower mart, which celebrates the azalea, Towson's official flower, also includes tours of the "secret garden" at 506 Baltimore Ave., and entertainment by the Towson High School jazz band. Rain date is Friday.

Hospital is offering after-school program

RANDALLSTOWN

RANDALLSTOWN -- Northwest Hospital Center is offering an after-school program of structured activities at Old Court Middle School, 4627 Old Court Road.

The program, called the Old Court Middle After School House Project, aims to prevent youth violence, delinquency and drug abuse by offering martial arts instruction, tutoring, clubs and classes in health education, career exploration and the dangers of drug abuse. Parents are asked to volunteer once a month. Cost includes a $5 membership fee per child and a daily attendance fee of 25 cents.

The program began last month with the help of a $25,000 federal grant and contributions from Northwest Hospital Center Foundation and local organizations. Information: 521-7464.

Meeting to address issues affecting north county area

TIMONIUM

TIMONIUM -- Elected officials and residents will discuss issues affecting the Lutherville-Timonium-Hunt Valley area from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Vista Room in the administration building at Maryland State Fairgrounds.

A county planner and representatives from the county office of economic development will talk about plans for the York Road corridor. An officer from the Cockeysville police precinct will discuss local crime trends. The town meeting is sponsored by Greater Timonium Community Council.

Information: 410-453-0541.

Pub Date: 4/23/97

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