The start of a four-block renovation of...

CATONSVILLE --

January 27, 1998|By From staff reports

CATONSVILLE -- The start of a four-block renovation of Catonsville's sidewalks has been postponed until March -- at a savings of $25,000 to taxpayers.

Completion of the $2.1 million Catonsville streetscape project is not expected to be delayed, said County Council Chairman Stephen G. Sam Moxley, a Catonsville Democrat. But contractors last week asked for an extension of the start date because of weather. As a result, they have reduced by 6 percent the cost of the job, Moxley said.

The streetscape will bring new benches, sidewalks and light fixtures to Frederick Road, from Bishops Lane west to Sanford Avenue. It will be paid for by the state, county and business owners.

Man is pistol-whipped in front of his garage

PIKESVILLE

PIKESVILLE -- A man was stable in serious condition yesterday after unknown assailants pistol-whipped him in front of his garage Sunday night, according to police.

Jodas William McPherson, 70, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Sunday night, police said, after his wife found him confused and bleeding in the living room of their home in the 900 block of Milford Mill Road.

McPherson told his wife that two or three men accosted him as he walked toward the garage, demanded money and then hit him with a gun when he told them he didn't have any money. Police have no suspects.

No one injured in fire at auto parts business

LANSDOWNE

LANSDOWNE -- Fire forced the evacuation of a half-dozen workers at Daniels Auto Parts in the 3500 block of Washington Blvd. late yesterday afternoon, fire officials said. No one was injured in the blaze.

About 50 firefighters responded to the fire, which began about 4 p.m. in the second floor of the small building, said Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard. They extinguished it in about 35 minutes.

The cause of the fire was not known yesterday, although fire investigators were working at the scene. No damage estimate was available, Hubbard said. The fire tied up traffic in the area for more than two hours, Hubbard said.

Police seek man who rigged fake explosives in his home

PERRY HALL

PERRY HALL -- Police were seeking a man who rigged a phony explosive device in the house he shares with his wife in the 8600 block of Belair Road yesterday and forced the closing of the road until a bomb squad could detonate the device.

Police, who blamed the incident on a domestic dispute, said the woman returned home about 4: 30 p.m. and found a 6-inch-long piece of plastic wrapped in wires hanging from a bedroom door and a note from her husband saying the room was booby-trapped.

She called police, who closed a half-mile of Belair Road between Dunfield and East Joppa roads. The bomb squad detonated the device, and the road was reopened about 8 p.m.

The Durmitor, the Yugoslavian ship that was detained in Baltimore by the Coast Guard last week for a minor repair, was fixed Saturday and sailed to an Annapolis anchorage to await orders.

The vessel left its No. 2 anchorage in Baltimore on Saturday night after the steering mechanism was repaired, said a spokesman for Baltimore Maritime Exchange. The vessel and crew had been held in Baltimore from 1992 through 1997 during the U.S. government's freeze of Yugoslavian assets during the Bosnian conflict. The ship left the city in June.

The Coast Guard ordered the vessel to be detained when it returned last week and to pass inspection before leaving.

Judges disbar attorney because he 'lied to his clients'

The Maryland Court of Appeals has disbarred Baltimore attorney Herschel D. Milliken because "he repeatedly lied to his clients."

The judges Thursday upheld nine of 10 complaints the Attorney Grievance Commission lodged against Milliken, who they said failed to perform work for clients who advanced him money and never returned the money.

Milliken, who practiced law from his home in the 500 block of E. 36th St., had told the court that the reason he could not show financial records to prove he had done work was because the documents were lost in a fire, but he never produced evidence of a blaze, according to court records.

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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