A man pleaded guilty yesterdayto murdering the former...

City/County Digest

March 04, 1998|By From staff reports

OWINGS MILLS — A man pleaded guilty yesterdayto murdering the former manager of Johnny Unitas' Golden Arm restaurant in May and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Gary I. Strausberg sentenced Shawn Leroy Bey, 23, to life in prison but suspended all but 40 years. Bey also was given a 15-year concurrent sentence for a handgun violation.

The former restaurant manager, John J. "Rocky" Thornton Jr., 62, of Cub Hill in Baltimore County, was driving a cab in the 1600 block of Greenmount Ave. on May 25 when he was fatally shot in the back. According to a statement of facts presented in court, prosecutors said that Bey mistook Thornton for another cabdriver who had argued with a friend of Bey's shortly before the slaying.

Council OKs bond sale to fund children's museum

The City Council has approved the sale of up to $8 million in tax-exempt bonds to purchase the former municipal Fish Market at Market Place for a children's museum.

The council gave its blessing Monday to the $30 million Port Discovery, an interactive project by Baltimore Children's Museum Inc. that will be designed by Walt Disney Co. Imagineers.

Council approval is necessary for the Maryland Industrial Development Authority to sell the bonds, the proceeds of which will be used to acquire the property at 35-43 Market Place.

City's vaccination rate is best in the nation

Baltimore topped the list of cities providing the highest level of vaccination coverage in the nation for children younger than 3 years old, scoring an 85, according to last week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Baltimore's vaccination rate for diseases such as diphtheria, polio and hepatitis exceeded national and state levels, according to the report. City Health Commissioner Dr. Peter Beilenson said the score reflects the city's increased effort to reach children.

The city topped the list with Boston and King County, Wash.

OWINGS MILLS -- The public will have a chance tonight to review plans for a Har Sinai synagogue proposed for a 17-acre site on Walnut Avenue at Greenspring Avenue.

The community meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Rosewood Center, 100 Rosewood Lane.

Har Sinai, among the nation's oldest Reform Jewish congregations, wants to move from Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore to be closer to its members. Plans call for a school, day care center and synagogue on the property.

Gunpowder Valley group plans volunteer training

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GLEN ARM -- Gunpowder Valley Conservancy is seeking volunteers to help with the land preservation group's programs.

The conservancy works to encourage owners to preserve their land as part of Maryland's new Rural Legacy Program.

A training session on the basics of land trust operation will be held at 7 p.m. March 24 at Glen Meadows Retirement Community, 11630 Glen Arm Road. Information: Jack Mowll, 410-682-2424.

Scholarship program set up to aid Essex honor students

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ESSEX -- Honor students at Essex Community College will have access to scholarship funds at four-year institutions under a new program for qualified high school students.

Phi Theta Kappa, international honor society for two-year colleges, and HONORSPLUS, an admissions incentive program, have combined funds to help exceptional students attend four-year schools with tuition assistance.

Information: 410-780-6732.

Pub Date: 3/04/98

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