A 16-year-old Northeast Baltimore boy was charged...

City/County Digest

July 10, 1998|By From staff reports

PERRY HALL — A 16-year-old Northeast Baltimore boy was charged yesterday with robbing and stabbing his 77-year-old neighbor, who was attacked Monday, left for dead and found barely alive by her son Wednesday, police said.

Brock Burton, of the 1700 block of E. Belvedere Ave., was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder, assault, armed robbery and auto theft, police said. Margaret A. Sica, who lives next door to Burton, was stabbed, and her car was stolen.

Sica was in stable condition at Sinai Hospital yesterday, a spokeswoman there said.

Schmoke asks businesses to sponsor jobs for teens

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke pleaded yesterday for local corporations to sponsor summer jobs for teens.

The city traditionally tries to link about 5,000 youths ages 14 and 15 with summer jobs in the private sector, but has lacked sponsors this year. The five-week program costs a corporate sponsor about $700.

The program, which is partly funded with federal grants, employed 4,500 youths last year. Schmoke said the numbers are significantly down this summer, although he did not have exact figures. Any company interested in supporting a job for a teen should call 410-545-1927.

Teen charged in slaying of man outside rowhouse

A 16-year-old boy was charged yesterday in the early-morning slaying of a man who was shot outside the suspect's East Baltimore rowhouse, police said.

They said Kenneth Thomas of the 1300 block of N. Spring St. was charged as an adult with first-degree murder. Thomas was wounded in an arm during the incident, but police believe he accidentally shot himself.

Police identified the victim as Mike Melvin Peace, 23, of the 1400 block of E. Preston St., who was shot once in the head about 1 a.m. and pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital. They said Peace and Thomas argued just before the shooting.

Residents warned to ignore address-painting offers

Baltimore officials are warning residents to ignore solicitations from a private company to have their addresses painted on curbs outside their homes.

A company has been soliciting homeowners in Northeast Baltimore to have their addresses painted on their homes and curbs at a cost of $7. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said yesterday the city is not involved.

The painting of city curbs without proper permits is prohibited, Schmoke said.

Centre Street to be closed near Walters Art Gallery

The first block of West Centre Street between Cathedral and Charles streets adjacent to the Walters Art Gallery will be closed to traffic tomorrow until 8 p.m. to allow the lifting and installation of heavy equipment on the museum's roof.

Visitors to the Walters tomorrow must enter through the Charles Street doors.

The 1974 building -- on the Cathedral Street side of the museum complex -- will close Aug. 16 for a 30-month, $18.5-million renovation. The original gallery, opened in 1909, will remain open throughout the renovation. It faces Charles Street.

PERRY HALL -- County officials are putting the final touches on a landscaping plan that would dress up recently widened portions of Belair Road in Perry Hall.

The county has set aside $150,000, to be augmented by $100,000 in state money, for trees, shrubs and flowers, said Vincent J. Gardina, the Democratic county councilman who represents the area. He said landscaping designs drafted by the county planning office must be approved by state officials, who are to pay for landscaping along the widened portion of the road north of Joppa Road.

He said the county is paying for landscaping between the road's intersections at Silver Spring and Joppa roads. Work is to begin in the fall.

Phone registration for DCC continues through Aug. 14


DUNDALK -- Telephone registration for the fall semester at Dundalk Community College began this week and continues through Aug. 14.

Telephone registration is for current DCC students who have met course prerequisites and have no previous financial obligations to the school. Major credit cards will be accepted.

Information: 410-285-9668 or 410-285-9801.

Home-repair group set to begin work July 19


RIDERWOOD -- The Baltimore County Christian Workcamp will continue its ecumenical mission for the 15th year from July 19 to 24, working on the homes of limited-income families in the county. Each year, more than 20 homes are repaired.

Volunteers start the day with breakfast at Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church, 1901 W. Joppa Road, where they also receive bag lunches. In addition to workers, supplies and donations also are needed. Information: 410-882-0431.

Pub Date: 7/10/98

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