Planning Commission approves parking garage in HampdenThe...

City/County Digest

May 29, 1998

WOODLAWN — Planning Commission approves parking garage in Hampden

The Zurich Group, an insurance company with offices on Keswick Road, won Planning Commission approval yesterday to build a controversial 1,000-car parking garage at 37th Street and Chestnut Avenue in Hampden, after agreeing to make the building lower and less obtrusive.

Scheduled for construction by mid-summer and completion by year's end, Zurich's brick-clad garage will rise five levels but will step down to a height of about 25 feet near 37th Street and be heavily landscaped.

Residents complained that a massive garage would reduce the value of their homes. They still would prefer not to have a garage, but "this is the best we can get," said resident Barbara Glassmyer.

Legislator's drowning isn't tied to foul play

Police were awaiting autopsy results to determine how a former Harford County legislator apparently drowned in the Inner Harbor, but they said yesterday that foul play has been all but ruled out.

The body of Winton Osborne, 69, of the 1900 block of Rock Spring Road in Forest Hill, was found by police Wednesday off the 500 block of Harbor View Drive south of Rash Field. Police, who on Wednesday released an erroneous address, said he had been reported missing Monday.

Robert S. Lynch, a friend of Osborne, said family members believe he slipped off a ladder while climbing off a boat he had docked at the Inner Harbor marina. Osborne, a Democrat, served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1966 to 1970.

Two-hour tour scheduled of historic cemetery

A Green Mount Cemetery tour featuring the graves and monuments of prominent Baltimoreans will be offered at 9: 30 a.m. tomorrow, beginning inside the cemetery's main entry gate at Greenmount Avenue and Oliver Street.

Led by city schoolteacher Wayne Schaumburg, the two-hour walk includes stops at the graves of assassin John Wilkes Booth, philanthropist Johns Hopkins, publisher A. S. Abell, socialite Betsy Patterson Bonaparte, and museum founders Henry and William Walters.

L There is a $10 fee for the tour. Reservations: 410-256-2180.

Police searching for man in rape of 12-year-old girl

WOODLAWN -- County police are looking for a 20-year-old man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl Wednesday morning, officials said yesterday.

Junior Kevin Austin of the 3700 block of Clifmar Road is charged in a warrant with second-degree rape and a third-degree sexual offense, police said.

Anyone with information should call the county Police Department at 410-887-2198.

Woodlawn man sentenced to life for attempted murder

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TOWSON -- A county jury convicted a Woodlawn man this week of attempted murder and burglary for breaking into a county home last May and stabbing his estranged wife's boyfriend and the boyfriend's roommate.

After the verdict was announced Wednesday, Baltimore County Circuit Judge James T. Smith Jr. described Archie W. Cooper, 35, as "extremely violent" and sentenced him to life plus 50 years in prison, said Assistant State's attorney Jill Pickett, who prosecuted the case with Susan Hazlett.

The sentence will be served consecutively to a 40-year sentence Cooper received earlier this year for raping a teen-age girl. Charges that Cooper attempted to murder his wife, Paula Cooper, were dropped by prosecutors after she refused to testify out of fear, said Pickett.

Jail system requests funds to complete this fiscal year

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TOWSON -- The county's patchwork jail system is seeking $150,000 to get through this fiscal year, which ends June 30. Funds are needed to buy badly needed equipment -- including chairs, kitchen and data processing items -- and to pay overtime, officials say.

Officials said vacancies among correctional officers pushed the overtime bill to $696,477 as of May 14, which was 42 percent above the amount budgeted. The county is trying to hire officers as quickly as possible.

If the county council approves the funding transfer Monday as expected, the money will come from a contingency fund.

Pub Date: 5/29/98

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