About 40 residents and several state legislators...

TOWSON --

September 10, 1997|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- About 40 residents and several state legislators representing Loreley, a rural Eastern Baltimore County community near Harford County, protested plans for a private methadone clinic in their community at a zoning hearing yesterday.

Owners of the proposed White Marsh Institute, at 11450 Pulaski Highway, want to dispense counseling and the synthetic heroin substitute from a former pediatrician's office. State health officials have said they will not certify this or any other proposed private clinics until the county completes a review of local zoning laws regulating the clinics.

Timothy M. Kotroco, deputy county zoning commissioner, heard hours of testimony yesterday from both sides and likely will issue a decision in several weeks.

Insanity finding rules out trial for man in slaying

TOWSON

TOWSON -- A Baltimore County man charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of his disabled girlfriend last September has been found incompetent to stand trial by reason of insanity, Assistant State's Attorney S. Ann Brobst said yesterday.

Brobst said Lamont Rice, 35, will not be tried in the death of 30-year-old Kim Jones, who used a wheelchair and lived with Rice and her two children.

Brobst said state-appointed psychiatrists also found Rice to be a danger to himself and others. He will remain at the state's Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup.

Career counseling series at county library branches

TOWSON

TOWSON -- The first of a series of two-hour sessions with a professional job search and recruitment firm will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Towson branch library.

The free workshops, conducted by library and Key Profiles representatives, will take candidates step by step through skills assessment, locating career sources, resume and cover letter creation, and the job interview process.

Two other sessions are planned: Sept. 23 at the Randallstown branch, and Oct. 8 at the Arbutus branch. Information: Stephanie McCarty, 410-887-8218.

The city is hiring a mediator in an attempt to reduce the tension between residents of Hollander Ridge, a public housing development that is being rebuilt, and those of the neighboring community of Rosedale in Baltimore County.

A panel will begin reviewing three proposals this week. City housing chief Daniel P. Henson III said he wants to "bring about some consensus between people who have seldom had a chance to talk except across a fence -- at least a figurative fence and soon-to-be a literal fence." The long-planned, wrought-iron fence between the two communities has yet to be built.

Churches to discuss link between faith, architecture

Five churches in the Charles Street corridor in North Baltimore are joining to explore how their faiths are expressed in the architecture of their buildings.

In the next eight months, the Churches of Charles will hold five lectures, collectively called "God's House, Our House: An Exploration of Faith and Architecture." The first lecture, "Ecclesiastical Architecture," will be today at the Baltimore Museum of Art by Bodil Ottesen of the museum's staff.

Other lectures will be at the church being discussed, beginning with SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church on Oct. 15. The lectures begin at 11 a.m. They are free, but $6 will be charged for a luncheon that will be served beginning with the October event.

Driver of stolen car causes crash, police say; 11 hurt

Eleven people were injured yesterday in a four-car chain-reaction crash after the driver of a stolen car -- speeding away after hitting a parked vehicle -- struck another car at an intersection two blocks away, city police said.

Northwestern District Sgt. William Walters said the driver of the stolen Chrysler Sebring convertible was heading south in the 4600 block of Reisterstown Road with the top down when he FTC struck the parked car and then touched off a four-car accident at the Cold Spring Lane intersection.

The injured, including at least two children, were being treated at four hospitals. The driver of the stolen car -- who was unhurt -- was arrested, police said.

Body of man who was shot found in Leakin Park

The body of an unidentified man was found yesterday evening, apparently dumped near a historic water wheel in Leakin Park after being shot at an unknown location, city police said.

It was the sixth time this year and the second time this week that a body had been found in the West Baltimore park, police said.

Homicide Detective Michael Glenn said a resident of the area walking his Rottweiler in the 4100 block of Franklintown Road discovered the body about 6: 20 p.m. when the dog wandered into a sparsely wooded section about 40 feet off the street.

Pub Date: 9/10/97

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