Twenty people were arrested and 1,500 vehicles were...

City/County Digest

June 08, 1998|By From staff reports

COCKEYSVILLE — Twenty people were arrested and 1,500 vehicles were stopped during "Operation Springboard" this weekend in Fells Point, police said. They said the effort served to get out word before summer begins that nuisance crimes will not be tolerated in the area.

Maj. Tim Longo, commander of the Southeastern District, said the zero-tolerance initiative Wednesday night through Saturday night resulted in 12 arrests for loitering, public drinking and other minor offenses.

Longo said a sobriety checkpoint in the 200 block of President St. Friday night through Saturday morning resulted in seven arrests for drunken driving and one for a previous domestic assault.

City to use locks, sprinklers to ensure hydrant pressure

With an eye on potential hot-weather problems, the city will be installing locks on fire hydrants in key areas, and offering hydrant sprinklers with controlled water flow for children to play in and keep cool.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke announced last week that locks will be installed on hydrants near hospitals, schools and colleges to ensure adequate water pressure in the event of a fire.

The mayor expressed concern that children could be hurt by playing in strong hydrant water pressure. Open hydrants without sprinklers can be reported by calling the Department of Public Works at 410-396-5352. Sprinklers can be requested by calling 410-396-5819.

Man shot to death at Frederick Ave. carryout

A West Baltimore man was shot to death early yesterday in front of several witnesses at a Frederick Avenue carryout, police said.

Detective Joseph Dugan said at least one gunman entered Kam Ho's Carry Out in the 2400 block of Frederick Ave. about 2: 30 a.m., exchanged words with Carroll Cheatham, 35, of the 600 block of N. Fulton Ave. and shot him several times. A 20-year-old man was shot in the right leg and was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Dugan said Cheatham apparently was the gunman's intended target. "What we're looking at is a dispute of some type," he said.

Gaddy's stolen truck recovered by officers

A truck belonging to activist Bea Gaddy that was stolen Saturday was recovered last night in North Baltimore, police said.

Sgt. Mark Howe, a police spokesman, said officers saw the 1991 Ford F150 pickup truck parked in the 2700 block of Reese St. about 9: 20 p.m. Howe said the truck was searched for fingerprints and other evidence at the Northern District and taken to the city impounding lot on Pulaski Highway.

Willie Brown, 35, a volunteer at Gaddy's homeless shelter in the 100 block of N. Collington Ave., told police he was about to enter the Safeway supermarket at Charles and 25th streets about 11 a.m. Saturday to pick up food for the shelter when two men robbed him of $61 and the truck.

No injuries in blaze at rowhouse but 2 displaced

A fire consumed both stories of a West Baltimore rowhouse yesterday, causing no injuries but burning two residents out of their home, a fire official said.

The two-alarm blaze began on a stove at the rear of the house in the 1100 block of Myrtle Ave. about 11: 10 a.m. and spread rapidly to the second floor, said fire Capt. Stephan G. Fugate.

Fire officials said the house suffered an estimated $45,000 in damage, and an adjoining property $5,000. Corey Bradford, one of two men who lived in the house, said the fire started when he was out of the house for only 10 minutes. "It happened so fast," he said.

COCKEYSVILLE -- The county Department of Recreation and Parks and the Cockeysville Recreation Council have plots available at the community gardens at County Home Park at the end of Gibbons Boulevard.

The plots, which measure 20 feet by 30 feet, are available for a registration fee of $10. Spaces are assigned on a first-come basis and are available until Nov. 1. For information, call from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 410-887-7734.

Townsend to speak before improvement association

BOWLEYS QUARTERS

BOWLEYS QUARTERS -- Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will be guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Bowleys Quarters Improvement Association on Wednesday at the organization's hall, 1124 Bowleys Quarters Road.

Townsend will answer questions about topics ranging from crime to development. The event is open to the public.

Colleges' chancellor will address institute

TIMONIUM

TIMONIUM -- Irving Pressley McPhail, chancellor of the Community Colleges of Baltimore County, will address a meeting of the Regional Manufacturing Institute on Thursday at the Holiday Inn Timonium, 2004 Greenspring Drive.

McPhail, who heads the two-year colleges at Catonsville, Essex and Dundalk, will talk about the system's relationship to the region's work force. He will also discuss his five-year strategic plan. His presentation begins at 8 p.m.

Pub Date: 6/08/98

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