A 39-year-old West Baltimore man was stabbed to death...


December 26, 1997|By From staff reports

TOWSON — A 39-year-old West Baltimore man was stabbed to death yesterday in an apparent domestic dispute at his girlfriend's nearby Walbrook home, police said.

Jerry Johnson of the 900 block of Wicklow Road was stabbed several times. Officer Angelique Cook-Hayes, a city police spokeswoman, said that after police were called at 4: 12 a.m., a pocketknife was recovered at the girlfriend's home. Melinda Wright, 24, was arrested at her home in the 1700 block of Ashburton St. and charged with first-degree murder.

Wright was being held without bail yesterday at the state Central Booking and Intake Facility downtown. Police went to Wright's home after a family member called 911 to report a stabbing, Cook-Hayes said.

Top of the World reopens today, 3 weeks after fire

The Top of the World Observation Level and Museum at the World Trade Center will reopen at 10 a.m. today, three weeks after a small electrical fire caused minor damage to the Inner Harbor building.

The attraction closed Dec. 5 after an electrical fire on the 28th floor of the trade center cut off electricity and phone service in the 30-story building.

From the 27th floor of the trade center, the Top of the World offers a panoramic view of the city and its waterways. The attraction is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5: 30 p.m. Sunday. Information: 410-837-4515.

TOWSON -- County residents who wish to have their Christmas trees collected must set them out at the curb before Jan. 12.

Those who wish to have the trees chipped into mulch may deliver them between Jan. 5 and Jan. 31 at one of three county facilities: Western Acceptance Facility & Recycling Center, at the end of Transway Road, off the 4500 block of Hollins Ferry Road in Halethorpe; Resource Recovery Facility, Recycle Way, off the 10300 block of York Road in Cockeysville; Eastern Sanitary Landfill & Recycling Center, Days Cove Road, off the 11500 block of Pulaski Highway in White Marsh.

L Information: Bureau of Solid Waste Management, 410-887-2000.

School board approves pact to change computer systems


TOWSON -- In an effort to prevent its computer systems from crashing in 2000, the county school board approved a four-year, $2.2 million contract this week with American Management Systems of McLean, Va.

The company -- which also works with county government -- will improve and upgrade the district's computer mainframe systems while ensuring that they are prepared for 2000, said John Markowski, the school system's chief financial officer.

Many computer systems throughout the country need to be changed for 2000 because they were programmed to function for the 1900s only.

Fire museum to re-create firehouse Christmas garden


LUTHERVILLE -- The Fire Museum of Maryland will re-create an old-fashioned firehouse Christmas garden at its York Road location tomorrow, Sunday and Jan. 3 and Jan. 4. Saturday hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday hours will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission, which includes the museum, is $3 a person and $10 for a family pass.

Holiday train gardens have been a Baltimore tradition for nearly a century, and some of the most elaborate were in neighborhood firehouses, said museum spokeswoman Debbie Brown. The tradition declined in the Depression and was revived in some area fire stations in the 1950s.

Pub Date: 12/26/97

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