A city police officer who was charged with assaulting two...

City/County Digest

March 17, 1998|By From staff reports

PERRY HALL — A city police officer who was charged with assaulting two men and a deputy sheriff in Harford County early Sunday was stripped of his police powers yesterday and assigned to a desk job, a Police Department spokesman said.

Officer James Lamonte Price, 37, of the Northeastern District will remain in the communications division until the criminal charges are resolved and possible administrative action is taken, said spokesman Robert W. Weinhold Jr.

Price was arrested about 2 a.m. after he allegedly pointed a handgun at two men and struck Deputy Sheriff 1st Class Edward Keplin during a melee outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Perryman, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.

Agency recruiting parents for support groups in city

The Family Tree, an agency whose focus is preventing child abuse and neglect, is recruiting parents for free weekly support groups in the city.

The groups offer parents the opportunity to share feelings of stress, help one another with problems and learn new ways to discipline. For meeting times and locations, call the 24-hour Family StressLine at 410-243-7337 or 1-800-243-7337.

Head of Hebrew day school to serve on education group

Nancy Epstein, principal of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Day School, has been elected to a group that develops programs and policies for Jewish day schools nationwide.

Epstein will serve on the Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools in North America.

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation was chartered in 1830 and is Maryland's oldest Jewish organization. The temple is in the 7400 block of Park Heights Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

PERRY HALL -- A group of 20 local civic and community groups has banded to press for more public money to buy land for recreation in the Perry Hall area.

Calling itself the Perry Hall Alliance for Recreation Centers, the group has vowed to seek more state and local money for open space to prevent development from taking recreational space during the next dozen years.

Predictions of 6,000 more families moving to the planned community of Honeygo by 2010 have galvanized support for the recreational space campaign, said David Marks, a Belair Road-area activist who announced the campaign last week.

First meeting is scheduled on 20-screen movie complex

OWINGS MILLS

OWINGS MILLS -- Plans to build a 20-screen movie complex within sight of Interstate 795 along Red Run Boulevard are moving forward, said Scott Cohen, president of the family-owned R/CTheatres Management Corp.

Next week will mark the first informal meeting with county development officials to discuss plans for the 24-acre complex, which was announced last year.

The company, which owns movie complexes in Eastpoint and Carroll County, plans to include a recreation center featuring children's party rooms, an indoor playground and a video game arcade, Cohen said. Getting county approval will take six to 12 months, according to estimates.

Public to get second chance to comment on synagogue

REISTERSTOWN

REISTERSTOWN -- An overwhelming turnout for a recent community meeting on Har Sinai Synagogue planned for Greenspring Avenue has prompted county officials to call for a second meeting to give the public another chance to comment.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Franklin High School auditorium.

More than 400 residents attended the meeting March 4 -- so many that some could not fit in the room. Most speakers said they opposed the project, which includes a synagogue, day care center, religious school and banquet facility.

Pub Date: 3/17/98

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