County landowners protected 578 acres of...

BUTLER --

January 26, 1998|By From staff reports

BUTLER -- County landowners protected 578 acres of farmland, woodland and scenic open space last year by donating perpetual conservation easements to the Maryland Environmental Trust.

Among the properties are 23 acres in Worthington Valley, 112 acres in Western Run Valley, 107 acres in My Lady's Manor, 129 acres on a farm near Arcadia, 52 acres northwest of Butler, 92 acres near Mount Carmel and 39 acres in Green Spring Valley.

Baltimore County leads the state in Environmental Trust easements, with more than 8,600 acres saved from development.

Theater project for disabled wins a national award

DUNDALK

DUNDALK -- The county's little-known community theater program for disabled people has won a national award and $2,500 to help expand operations in the North Point government center building.

The group's production of "Sleeping Beauty" won second place in the National Organization on Disabilities Community Awards Competition. The award will be presented tomorrow to County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

The theater program, called Sky's the Limit, recruits disabled people to perform in and attend two shows a year, coordinator Karen Volz said. The group uses the theater in what used to be North Point Junior High, at Wise Avenue and Merritt Boulevard. The next show, "Aladdin," will be in April.

Certification classes offered for child care providers

DUNDALK

DUNDALK -- Classes in child growth and development for child care providers seeking certification will be offered under the continuing education program at Dundalk Community College.

Courses for child care facility directors, teachers and providers will be offered beginning next week. Information: 410-869-0296.

A youth alleged to have shot an unlicensed cabbie in a Friday night carjacking was in custody yesterday -- arrested after using the cabbie's car to pick up a fare, police said.

Joseph Smith, 16, of the 300 block of E. Lafayette Ave. was arrested Saturday and charged as an adult with attempted murder, carjacking, and other offenses related to the shooting of James Johnson, 35, of the 2100 block of Ashburton St.

Johnson, who was shot in the eye and forced out of his car on Dickey Hill Road in the Wakefield neighborhood near the city's western border, remained in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Detectives identify body of woman dumped in park

Baltimore homicide detectives have identified a woman whose burned body was found dumped in Leakin Park on Friday night.

Police said Wanda Turner, 26, of the 300 block of W. Mosher St. was found dead near the 3100 block of Wetheredsville Road -- near the border of the park long used by killers to dispose of their victims.

Police said that they were awaiting an autopsy report to determine the cause of death and that the apparent homicide remained under investigation.

Unidentified man found fatally shot in E. Baltimore

An unidentified man was fatally shot last night behind an East Baltimore street.

Homicide Detective Napoleon McLain said police officers investigating a report that a man had been shot found the victim -- a black man in his late 20s to early 30s -- lying on a dirt path in the rear of the 1000 block of N. Milton Ave. about 6: 25 p.m.

McLain said the man, who was shot several times, died about two hours later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call the homicide squad at 410-396-2100.

Pub Date: 1/26/98

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