County police are investigating racially...

TOWSON --

May 15, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- County police are investigating racially offensive epithets traced in carpeted walls of the elevators at the Towson public safety headquarters, a spokesman said yesterday.

In two instances, an offensive word was traced with something sharp, such as a key, in elevators in the Public Safety Building at 700 E. Joppa Road, said police spokesman Bill Toohey. "We don't know who's doing it and we don't know why they're doing it," Toohey said yesterday. "This is a public building. It's not a fortress."

The building is shared by county police and firefighters. Visitors are required to sign in, Toohey said, and employees use swipe cards to gain access.

Metro Food Market OK'd at Ashland and York roads

COCKEYSVILLE

COCKEYSVILLE -- A county hearing officer has approved plans for a 58,000-square-foot Metro Food Market and adjacent strip shopping center at the southeast corner of Ashland and York roads.

Residents had expressed concern that the project would lead to traffic tie-ups and accidents on Ashland Road, but under a revised plan, customers leaving the shopping center could exit onto Wight Avenue before entering York Road.

In his ruling this week, hearing officer Timothy M. Kotroco said delivery trucks would be prohibited on Ashland Road during rush hours and that lighting for the plaza would be monitored.

Convention nominates two for school board

TOWSON

TOWSON -- The School Board Nominating Convention has voted to nominate Sanford Teplitzky and Pamela Tainter-Causey for the positions that will be open this summer.

Teplitzky is seeking a second five-year term in the 2nd Councilmanic District. Tainter-Causey has applied to replace Mary Katherine Scheeler in the 4th Councilmanic District. Scheeler decided not to seek a second term.

Teplitzky and Tainter-Causey were the only candidates to apply, and both received 21 votes in support of their nominations. The nominations will be submitted to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who may choose from the list or appoint others.

The City Council's effort to prevent Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke from privatizing the city's ambulance billing service apparently has failed.

Schmoke said yesterday that he intends to proceed with plans to spend more than $600,000 to hire Rural/Metro Corp. to collect outstanding fees from people who call for ambulance services.

Some council members argued that city workers could do the job for less. The council held a hearing Wednesday to gather public opinion on the proposal, but Schmoke said yesterday that he heard nothing during the session to change his mind.

Man found fatally shot in car on Clifton Avenue

A 22-year-old man was found shot to death late Wednesday in a car parked on a West Baltimore street, and police said yesterday they knew of no suspects or motive in the case.

Police said an officer responding to a shooting reported about 10: 30 p.m. found Dana Terrell Johnson, 22, of the 1000 block of Woodington Road shot in the head and slumped over the steering wheel of a 1991 Honda Civic in the 2900 block of Clifton Ave.

Three workers suspected of working in U.S. illegally

Federal immigration agents arrested three Mexican nationals suspected of working illegally yesterday at a construction site behind the U.S. Post Office on Fayette Street.

The three were being paid between $9.50 and $15 an hour by AMA Construction of Hyattsville to help clear underground storage tanks from a construction site, according to a spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

They were being held last night pending court hearings.

Pub Date: 5/15/98

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