A 73-year-old man who tried to extinguish a fire in his...

City/County Digest

January 28, 1998|By From staff reports

ANNAPOLIS — A 73-year-old man who tried to extinguish a fire in his Northwest Baltimore rowhouse died yesterday, a Fire Department spokesman said. The cause of death was being determined.

Walter Nichols was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Sinai Hospital, said the spokesman, Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres. He said Nichols tried to put out a fire in a chair on the second floor of his home in the 3900 block of Greenspring Ave.

Torres said the one-alarm fire was started by careless smoking about 10: 45 a.m. Other occupants of the two-story rowhouse escaped safely. Nichols was the seventh person to die in a fire in Baltimore this year, Torres said.

Police seek leads about body found near Wyman Park

Police are seeking the public's help to identify a woman whose body was found Jan. 14 in a stream off the 3400 block of Beech Ave. near Wyman Park in North Baltimore. The cause of death remains unknown, police said.

Police said the woman was black, about 30 years old, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighed about 162 pounds and had partially straight hair. A black and white tweed coat with a leather collar was near the body. The woman was wearing a pink sweat shirt, blue jeans, brown boots with simulated wool at the tops, raspberry-colored socks and a yellow round-faced watch with a brown leather strap. Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide unit at 410-396-2100.

ANNAPOLIS -- State Sen. Michael J. Collins, an Essex Democrat, has been re-elected chairman of the county's Senate delegation for the fourth and last year of this term in office.

Collins' selection by his fellow county senators means the leadership of both the county's legislative delegations remains the same, because Del. Joseph J. "Sonny" Minnick, a Dundalk Democrat, was chosen to repeat as chairman of the House group.

Steamers restaurant to reopen as a sports bar

ESSEX

ESSEX -- A well-known restaurant-bar at Old Eastern Avenue and Stemmers Run Road will reopen soon as the Corner Inn, after it was closed for three months.

Charlotte and James A. Pine Jr. were granted county liquor board approval Monday to reopen as a sports bar the building they have owned for years. The restaurant-bar, known recently as Steamers, closed in November when licensee Ronald J. Ewing declared bankruptcy.

The Pines are buying another liquor license and moving it from Al's Tavern, 8845 Pulaski Highway, to their establishment at 1528 Old Eastern Ave. Mrs. Pine said the bar will serve snack foods until the kitchen can be cleaned and begin operating.

Athletic facilities to be topic of Perry Hall public meeting

PERRY HALL

PERRY HALL -- The county Department of Recreation and Parks will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss the development of permanent outdoor athletic facilities at the Nottingham Middle School site in White Marsh.

The facilities, such as soccer fields, are to be built along King Avenue next to Interstate 95, between Philadelphia and Babikow roads. The land has been set aside for a middle school, but the school system has no immediate plans for a school there.

The meeting will be at 7: 30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Chapel Hill Elementary, 5200 E. Joppa Road.

Pub Date: 1/28/98

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