A 26-year-old Baltimore County man was shot and killed...

City/County Digest

September 02, 1998|By From staff reports

CATONSVILLE — A 26-year-old Baltimore County man was shot and killed Monday night while driving a VMW Express Delivery van in the 600 block of N. Streeper St. in Southeast Baltimore, police said.

Jerry Byrd of the first block of Dundas Court was shot in the torso about 7 p.m. after an argument with his former girlfriend, they said. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Jerome Griffin, 23, of the first block of Luzerne Ave., a friend of Byrd's former girlfriend, was arrested about two hours later in the 600 block of N. Milton Ave. He was charged with first-degree murder and handgun-related offenses and was being held without bail at the city Detention Center yesterday.

Boston Street to open tomorrow at 10: 45 a.m.

Boston Street, the site of a major reconstruction project that has caused several traffic detours east of the Inner Harbor, is slated to be reopened in ceremonies tomorrow.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has invited the public to attend the 10: 45 a.m. ceremony marking the project's completion, at Boston Street and Montford Avenue.

Annual Caribbean Carnival scheduled for this month

Reggae music, a parade and Caribbean costumes will highlight the 16th annual Caribbean Carnival to be held in Park Heights the weekend of Sept. 12.

City leaders will attend a pre-festival reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Jamaican Community Center at 4229 York Road.

The three-day carnival will bring together Baltimoreans from such islands as Jamaica, the Bahamas and Trinidad to serve Caribbean food, sell arts and crafts items, and celebrate their homelands. Last year, an estimated 30,000 attended, and a similar number are expected this year, said Tessa Hill-Aston, an organizer.

CATONSVILLE -- Elizabeth Best, a media specialist at Morgan State University, has been appointed temporary executive assistant to the chancellor of the Community Colleges of Baltimore County.

Selected by Chancellor Irving Pressley McPhail, Best will fill the position of Linda Emmerich, who is on maternity leave.

Best served for 10 years in Morgan State's Department of Residence Life and founded the Project CARE mentoring program. Best, who also owns a business writing/consulting company, will earn $28 an hour.

Parade to mark opening of Red Run Boulevard


OWINGS MILLS -- County politicians and business leaders will lead a parade marking the opening of the Red Run Boulevard extension in Owings Mills on Tuesday.

The three-mile, $11 million road opens the way to seven development projects in Owings Mills, including regional headquarters for Automatic Data Processing Inc., which provides human resources and payroll software, and a 100,000-square-foot office building in Red Run Corporate Center.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Red Run and Owings Mills boulevards and conclude at the road's end at Franklin Boulevard.

Aigburth Vale resolutions will come before council


TOWSON -- The County Council is to vote next week on two resolutions paving the way for a $5.9 million project to transform the neglected Aigburth Vale mansion at 212 Aigburth Road into a 70-unit rental complex for low- and moderate-income elderly people.

One resolution expresses local approval of the project, which the state is helping to subsidize. The second allows developers to make negotiated payments instead of higher property taxes for 15 years after the project's completion. The mansion now is publicly owned and produces no taxes.

If the council approves the deal Tuesday, the payments would range from $10,500 to $24,500 per year, instead of the roughly $35,000 a year in property taxes. A $2.3 million state loan will help finance the project.

Pub Date: 9/02/98

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