An Inner Harbor water taxi service lost a round in its...

City/County Digest

May 01, 1998|By From staff reports

CHASE — An Inner Harbor water taxi service lost a round in its battle against a competitor yesterday when a Baltimore Circuit Court judge declined to issue an injunction to stop Silver Clipper Inc. from using 15-foot boats at the Harborplace amphitheater.

But operators of Harbor Boating Inc. said their fight isn't over: They will ask the city not to contract with Silver Clipper as a water taxi service. Harbor Boating, which operates Water Taxi, also has filed a $9 million suit against Silver Clipper, complaining that its larger boats create wakes in the water that make it unsafe for Water Taxi boats.

"This was merely a business dispute over competition falsely placed in the cloak of a safety issue," said Thomas Campbell Morrow, attorney for Silver Clipper and its two principals.

Man sentenced to life in 1997 west-side murder

A 27-year-old Baltimore County man was sentenced in Circuit Court yesterday to life in prison for the 1997 slaying of another man in West Baltimore, the city state's attorney's office said.

Judge Mabel Houze Hubbard sentenced Sean Antonio Vance, whom a jury found guilty of first-degree murder in the April 27 fatal shooting of Charles Anthony Byrd, 39. Byrd was shot about 8: 30 p.m. near his home in the 3700 block of W. Forest Park Ave. in an incident police said appeared to be drug-related.

Hubbard also sentenced Vance, of the 3600 block of Paskin Place, to a concurrent 20-year sentence for use of a handgun in a violent crime.

CHASE -- The county's effort to create a ring of large, regional parks would get a boost if the County Council approves Monday the purchase of the 84-acre farm of Kenneth H. Altenburg, which surrounds Chase Elementary School on Eastern Avenue.

The county proposes buying the farm for $1.35 million. The land, which adjoins a 35-acre middle school site behind the elementary school, includes three homes, several farm buildings and access to tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay.

Although the appraised price was $1.1 million, the Altenbergs had received a private contract to sell the land for $1.3 million. The county offered an extra $50,000, and the family agreed. Kenneth and Sue Altenberg will remain on the land for up to one more year.

Ceremony today will honor three killed in line of duty

TIMONIUM

TIMONIUM -- Maryland police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel will gather at 1 p.m. today for the 13th annual Fallen Heroes Day.

The ceremony, which will include memorial addresses by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, Democratic Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin and others, will be held at the Fallen Heroes Memorial at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Bagpipers and a color guard will pay tribute to three people who lost their lives in the line of duty in the past year: Baltimore Police Lt. Owen E. Sweeney Jr., Anne Arundel County Police Department crossing guard Nancy Hardesty and Maryland State Police Tfc. Raymond G. Armstead.

Pikesville High to hold groundbreaking for stadium

PIKESVILLE

PIKESVILLE -- Pikesville High School will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its $400,000 athletic stadium at 2 p.m. today.

The field and irrigation systems are being installed, and construction of the press box, bleachers, concession stand and lights will begin soon.

The project is being paid for through donations from area individuals and businesses, said Charlene Cohen, a parent of two Pikesville graduates who is overseeing the project.

Pub Date: 5/01/98

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