Federal agents arrested 21 allegedly undocumented workers...

City/County Digest

June 17, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON — Federal agents arrested 21 allegedly undocumented workers from Mexico at a commercial laundry in the 2200 block of Frederick Ave. in Southwest Baltimore yesterday.

Workers apprehended at Up to Date Laundry were earning between $5.50 and $7 an hour, according to John Shallman, a spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The 13 women were being held last night at the York County, Pa., jail and the eight men were at the Howard County Detention Center in Ellicott City, he said. They are slated to appear before an immigration judge for removal proceedings within 10 days, he said.

A spokeswoman for the laundry referred all questions to INS officials.

St. Joseph mobile unit to bring health care to city

TOWSON -- St. Joseph Medical Center has been awarded a $262,542 grant to start a program that will bring free screenings and preventive health care into city neighborhoods with little or no access to them.

The program, called "Baltimore: Better Health 2000," will offer services through a traveling Community Wellness Van that will visit Baltimore schools, churches and community centers.

The grant is from the Mission and Ministry Fund of Catholic Health Initiatives, St. Joseph's parent organization. "Baltimore: Better Health 2000" was one of 23 proposals selected for funding.

Beating victim dies; four suspects sought

A 47-year-old man who was found beaten Sunday night in a West Baltimore alley has died, and police said yesterday they knew the nicknames of four potential suspects, but had no other leads.

Gary Hawkins, of the 1500 block of McCulloh St., was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 11: 10 a.m. Monday, police said. They said he had been repeatedly kicked and beaten in the head in the 1900 block of Ridgehill Ave.

Officers responding to a call for a fight about 11: 45 p.m. found the injured Hawkins in a nearby alley, where police said he had been dragged after being beaten. Police said four men were seen running from the area.

TOWSON -- The owner of a Rottweiler that attacked a 5-year-old Lansdowne girl last month will have to erect a 6-foot-high fence and keep the dog muzzled and on a leash when off his property, the county Animal Control Board has ruled.

The decision was delivered Saturday to dog owner Ed Smith, 56, and to the family of Ashley Ball, who was bitten on the scalp and left ear by Brutus, the Rottweiler. The board called the May 14 incident "a very unfortunate accident" and has designated Brutus a "potentially dangerous dog."

Brutus, who has been at the animal control shelter since soon after the attack, can come home once Smith has built the fence, said Karen Stott, a spokeswoman for the county Health Department. Smith does not have to pay kenneling fees, she said.

State funds available for low-interest mortgages

TOWSON

TOWSON -- More than $12.5 million in state aid is available to help residents purchase homes in the county's community conservation areas.

Families of three or more people earning up to $68,080 annually or families of fewer than three earning up to $59,200 annually may qualify for the low-interest mortgage loans. The money may be used to purchase new homes not exceeding $157,825 or existing homes not exceeding $140,634.

Information: 410-514-7501 or 1-800-638-7781.

Pub Date: 6/17/98

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