After long negotiations that produced an...


December 03, 1997|By From staff reports

LUTHERVILLE -- After long negotiations that produced an agreement with the Dulaney Valley Improvement Association, Baltimore County Zoning Commissioner Lawrence E. Schmidt has approved plans for a nine-story office tower and four-story garage to be added onto the back of the Heaver Plaza building on York Road.

The project, to be built behind the existing nine-story building on the northeast corner of York and Greenridge roads, is the culmination of the original plan for the 7-acre site when Heaver Plaza was built 20 years ago.

"The development process has clearly worked as it was envisioned," Schmidt said in his Dec. 1 decision, referring to the talks and agreement between the builder, Allan B. Heaver, neighbors and surrounding commercial property owners.

Judge modifies prison term, OKs treatment for sex offender


TOWSON -- A county Circuit Court judge modified a 4 1/2 -year prison sentence yesterday for violation of probation for convicted child sex offender Howard D. Utley, the father of 9-year-old Rita Denise Fisher, who died of starvation in June.

Judge John O. Hennegan allowed Utley, who violated probation in a sex abuse case in 1995, to leave the Maryland Division of Correction to live at his home in New Mexico and attend a long-term treatment program for sex offenders, said public defender F. Spencer Gordon.

Utley will remain on five years' probation during the time.

Police seek suspect in Dundalk bank robbery


TOWSON -- A white male in his late 20s with wavy brown hair and a goatee was being sought by county police as a suspect in a Dundalk bank robbery yesterday.

The suspect demanded cash from a teller at the First National Bank at Center Place at 10: 46 a.m. and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. He was wearing a green and tan striped shirt and blue jeans, a surveillance photograph showed.

Police believe it is the same suspect who robbed a 7-Eleven store in the 7400 block of German Hill Road on Nov. 25. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 410-887-2198.

A Baltimore group that promotes racial tolerance has been invited to describe its efforts at a national town meeting tonight sponsored by the White House.

The Interfaith Action for Racial Justice, which is sponsoring a five-year series of "study circles" to discuss race and ethnicity in the Baltimore area, is one of 10 organizations from around the country asked to participate in One America: President Clinton's Initiative on Race.

The town meeting, which will take place tonight in Akron, Ohio, will be the first of several forums that make up part of Clinton's Initiative on Race, a yearlong effort to improve racial harmony.

Loyola College given grant to train student mediators

Loyola College has received a $3,650 grant to administer a program that will train high school students as peer mediators.

The grant was among 73 announced last week by President Clinton to organize service events that will be launched Jan. 15 to commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The grants, from the Corporation for National Service, were awarded to organizations to implement service activities that honor King's legacy.

This is the fourth year that the corporation has spearheaded efforts to fulfill the federal King Holiday and Service Act of 1994. It worked closely with the King Commission and the Points of Light Foundation to award the grants.

Man's trial in killing of 2 women is postponed


The trial of Joseph R. Metheny, who is accused of killing two women whose bodies were found buried near his workplace in the city, has been postponed until April.

Metheny, 42, is charged with stabbing Kimberly Spicer, 26, and Cathy Magaziner, 39, whose bodies were found buried at Joe Stein and Sons pallet company.

Police say Metheny told them he killed as many as 10 people. He confessed to the killings of Spicer and Magaziner, police said, but pleaded not guilty in March. Last month, he was convicted of kidnapping and assaulting a woman who said he meant to kill her.

Pub Date: 12/03/97

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