More than 100 bright orange signs will go up around the...

City/County Digest

September 12, 1997|By From staff reports

CATONSVILLE — More than 100 bright orange signs will go up around the city tomorrow to promote a homeownership program for police officers, firefighters, teachers and other municipal workers.

The program offers $5,000 grants to up to 150 city workers who are first-time buyers if they move into houses in Ashburton, East Arlington and Calloway-Garrison. The goal is to help older, middle-income neighborhoods that have had sluggish home sales. The Municipal Employees Credit Union also is offering below-market financing.

Two men accused of robbing bank branch with false bomb

Two men were arrested and charged yesterday with robbing a bank at Reisterstown Road Plaza in Northwest Baltimore by threatening patrons with a fake bomb, police said.

Police said two men walked into Provident Bank of Maryland in the 6600 block of Reisterstown Road about 9: 15 a.m. and handed a teller a note saying they had a bomb. Police said one man was carrying a suspicious package.

Mall security guards stopped two men outside the bank and held them for police, who recovered an undisclosed amount of money. Charged with bank robbery were Marcus Pollack, 31, of the 4300 block of Springdale Ave. and John Hyman, 23, of the 4100 block of Kathland Ave.

125 pounds of marijuana found in home during raid

A man who city police alleged to be a major supplier of marijuana in the Charles Village area remained in custody yesterday after a raid at his home that turned up 125 pounds of marijuana, authorities said.

Police said Kelroy Williams, 25, was arrested Wednesday in the 2500 block of N. Howard St., minutes before police raided his home in the 2700 block of St. Paul St. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Sgt. Thomas Pelligrini, of the Police Department's Drug Enforcement Section, said officers found five 25-pound bundles of "manicured" marijuana in a storage trunk in the man's home. Marijuana sells at $600 to $2,000 per pound, depending on quality, according to city police.

CATONSVILLE -- The formation of a 12th District Democratic unity ticket made up of state Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer, Del. James E. Malone Jr., and retired county police Officer Steven J. DeBoy was announced yesterday.

The ticket was announced at a Kasemeyer fund-raiser yesterdayattended by Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and nearly all the Baltimore County state senators.

Developer might not rebuild Owings House despite pledge


OWINGS MILLS -- A developer's most recent promise to move ahead with plans to rebuild the 18th-century Samuel Owings House appears to have gone unfulfilled.

Howard Brown, who razed the house last year to make way for an office building, said two weeks ago that he was within days of buying a site to build a reproduction of the house. But county officials who have urged him to rebuild the house said yesterday that they have heard nothing to show the lot has been purchased.

Brown did not return repeated phone calls this week.

Hispanic Heritage Festival to be held tomorrow


TOWSON -- The fourth annual county Hispanic Heritage Festival is to take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the fountain plaza between the old and new county courthouses.

County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger will open the festival.

The event will feature continuous Hispanic entertainment, cultural exhibits, ethnic foods, and the Oriole Bird. Admission is PTC free, and organizers Manuel Alban and Alicia Giro expect about 2,000 families from the area to attend. Information: Baltimore County Office of Fair Practices, 410-887-5557.

Pub Date: 9/12/97

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