Councilman Martin O'Malley postponed a vote yesterday on a...

City/County Digest

March 31, 1998|By From staff reports

NORTH POINT — Councilman Martin O'Malley postponed a vote yesterday on a bill that would give Wyndham Inner Harbor East Hotel $25 million in tax breaks.

The City Council was expected to vote on the measure yesterday. But O'Malley, a 3rd District Democrat, said that he postponed bringing the bill to the floor because he wanted to give hotel opponents another week to make their case for defeating the measure.

The Wyndham, a $134-million, 750-room hotel, has stirred controversy for months because its developers, led by bakery mogul John Paterakis Sr., told city leaders that they won't build without the tax breaks.

2nd stabbing victim dies; new charge against relative

The second of three family members stabbed in their Northeast Baltimore home March 7 has died, and a great-grandson of the two victims has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, police said yesterday.

Leana C. Ferrell, 85, died Sunday at Sinai Hospital, a spokeswoman said. Her husband, William J. Ferrell Sr., 90, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center on March 22. Their granddaughter, Lori Sue Wilson, 38, mother of the suspect, was in fair condition at Sinai yesterday.

Damon Wilson, 19, was arrested March 7 at the family's home in the 3400 block of Copley Road. Police said Wilson, who is also charged with one count of first-degree assault, had been arguing with his family about money.

Clues sought in killing of West Baltimore man

Police were searching for clues yesterday in the fatal shooting Sunday evening of a 23-year-old man who was found with multiple wounds on a West Baltimore street and died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a city police spokeswoman, said officers found Cleothin Garrett of the 2200 block of W. Fayette St. lying in the 2000 block of Edmondson Ave., several blocks from his home, about 7: 50 p.m. Sunday.

Police said detectives knew of no suspect or motive yesterday.

NORTH POINT -- A man arrested after a two-hour standoff with county police Sunday night was charged yesterday with seven counts of first-degree assault, police said.

Benjamin Eugene Boblitz, 30, of the 7600 block of Old Battle Grove Road was being held at North Point Precinct yesterday, police said. Bail was set at $250,000.

The standoff began after a fight at Boblitz's address between two men over a woman, police said. When officers arrived, according to police, Boblitz pointed a rifle at three officers, then ran inside the house and refused to come out for two hours.

Balto. County public schools to hold teacher job fair

TIMONIUM

TIMONIUM -- The county public school system will hold an exposition and job fair from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Timonium fairgrounds Exhibition Hall.

Administrators and faculty representatives from all of the county's schools will give teacher applicants the chance to be interviewed and submit their resumes.

The system expectes to hire about 800 teachers in all subjects for the 1998-1999 school year.

Young filmmakers to screen award-winning video today

HILLENDALE

HILLENDALE -- Aspiring young filmmakers from Halstead Academy will premiere their award-winning video at the school from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Teacher Lori Smell's class of third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders created a video called "Earth Needs Help," which has won competitions at local, state and national levels. The students were honored recently at the Association for Educational Technology and Communications in St. Louis.

Class members are: Kenneth Bailey, Williette Cox, Thomas Duncan, Zechariah Duval, Katrina Gonzales, Christopher Kaskel, Kathryn Lubawski, Thomas Lubawski, Myriam Maouyo, India McKeever, Melanie Moore, Daniel O'Madigan, Gregory Pinkney, Orlanda Spikes and Camille Tongco.

Pub Date: 3/31/98

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