A 62-year-old woman died yesterday in a two-alarm fire...

City/County Digest

March 05, 1998|By From staff reports

PIKESVILLE — A 62-year-old woman died yesterday in a two-alarm fire that raced through the second floor of her Northeast Baltimore home, a fire official said.

Fire Inspector Michael Maybin said firefighters found the body of Anna Mae Ross of the 700 block of Bartlett Ave. in a second-floor front bedroom. Maybin said a female occupant escaped without injury and a firefighter suffered minor burns.

Maybin said that firefighters saw no evidence of a smoke detector in the rowhouse and that an autopsy was set to determine the cause of Ross' death. He said the fire that was reported at 3: 47 p.m. was being investigated.

Man posing as city worker robs woman in her home

Three men, one posing as a city housing employee, forced their way into a home in the 1600 block of Gorsuch Ave. yesterday, tied up a woman, put her in a room with her three young children and stole money and valuables, police said.

Police said the phony employee, who wore an orange khaki one-piece uniform, knocked on the door of a house about 12: 30 p.m. and told Givette Hogan, 34, he was investigating a report of rats and trash in her back yard. When she opened the door, he displayed a handgun, and he and two other men barged in, tied up Hogan and herded the family into a room.

The men fled after the theft, and Hogan was freed after her 17-year-old son came home, police said. Hogan and her three young children -- ages 5 months, 7 and 11 years old -- were not injured.

Candidates to replace Curran to be interviewed Tuesday

The Democratic State Central Committee for the 43rd Legislative District will meet next week to interview candidates to replace former state Del. Gerald J. Curran, who resigned last month from the General Assembly amid an ethics investigation into his business dealings.

The meeting will be held at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at Northeastern District station house in the 1900 block of Argonne Drive. The panel is expected to announce its recommendation at the session.

District residents interested in the seat should send a resume by Sunday to Sylvia Williams, 1413 Winston Ave., Baltimore 21239. The fax number is 410-841-3135.

PIKESVILLE -- The Maryland State Police will honor 43 state troopers in a promotion ceremony today at the gymnasium of the agency's headquarters.

Promotions ranging from corporal through first sergeant will be given to 41 troopers, and two others will be commissioned.

James P. Guidash, assigned to headquarters, will be commissioned a lieutenant. Michael E. Davey, also assigned to Pikesville, will be commissioned a captain. The ceremony is open to the public and begins at 10 a.m., said Sgt. Laura Lu Herman.

Housing choices for elderly subject of March 12 seminar


CATONSVILLE -- Registration is needed today for a seminar on "Housing Options: Where to Go, What to Do," sponsored by the county Department of Aging on March 12 at Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road.

Representatives from an assisted-living facility, a senior apartment complex and a continuing-care retirement community will discuss choices available for seniors. The free program starts at 6: 45 p.m., preceded by dinner at 6 p.m. for which there is a charge. Information: 410-887-2594.

Poet will be guest writer at creative writing forum


PIKESVILLE -- Former poet laureate Maxine Kumin will be featured guest writer for the Baltimore County public schools' 12th annual creative writing forum March 13 and 14 at Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Road.

Student writers will read their work to Kumin as part on an effort to encourage good writing, said event coordinator Alvin Starr, an English professor at Essex Community College. The event is co-sponsored by the Community Colleges of Baltimore County.

Information: 410-780-6528.

Pub Date: 3/05/98

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