County code official yesterday fined Home...


September 15, 1998

TOWSON -- A county code official yesterday fined Home Depot Inc. and a local demolition contractor $10,800 for destroying three historic buildings in Timonium without a permit. Code Official Stanley J. Schapiro said $7,800 of the fine could be waived if the companies donate an equal amount or more to the county historical society.

Preservationists said that while the buildings on the 100 block of Church Lane were of marginal importance, their destruction in July to make room for a Home Depot represented a lack of respect for the county's history.

Ruth Mascara, assistant director of the Baltimore County Historical Trust, said she was disappointed by the amount of the fines imposed on Home Depot and Chesapeake Site Contractors. "It doesn't speak highly of the value placed on the history of the citizens," she said.

Man charged in destruction of townhouse property


LANSDOWNE -- A townhouse resident was charged with destruction of property yesterday after police said he drove his beige Ford Escort into two neighboring homes.

Witnesses told police yesterday morning that a man backed his car into 9 Hummingbird Court, then put it in forward gear and drove into 1 Hummingbird Court. Damage to the two properties was estimated at $3,000.

Police arrested Gautama Bey, 22, of the first block of Hummingbird Court. Police knew of no reason for the incident.

Officials seeking people who ate jail sandwiches


TOWSON -- State health officials are urging anyone who ate sandwiches prepared at the Baltimore County Detention Center Sept. 1, 2 or 3 to contact authorities, now that a fifth case of hepatitis A has been confirmed among current or former jail inmates.

Officials two weeks ago confirmed four cases of the disease among inmates, and now have confirmed a fifth case involving a recently released inmate. State health officials said one case involved a worker in the center's food services department.

Anyone who got a bagged sandwich while on work release or who had a court appearance on one of those days is to contact the county health department at 410-887- 2723 and get a shot of immunoglobulin to prevent the disease or stop its spread.

A 15-year-old boy was chased by at least two armed males last night and fatally shot near Clifton Park in Northeast Baltimore, police said.

The youth was being chased in the 2900 block of Harford Road about 9: 30 p.m. when he was shot several times and fell into the northbound lane of the roadway, police said. He was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died about 10 p.m.

Police were trying to identify the youth through his nickname, which they declined to reveal.

City agencies awarded grant to fight crimes in schools

The city Department of Education and Police Department were recently awarded a $107,065 federal grant to combat crime in the schools.

The grant from the U.S. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services will pay for police to work with school and community organizations to address crime in the schools.

The grant is part of a program that offers crime prevention initiatives, student training in conflict resolution and help identifying trends in school crime.

Body of woman found in Madison Ave. apartment

Investigating a report of a foul odor coming from an apartment in a rowhouse in the 1400 block of Madison Ave., police found the body of an unidentified woman about 12: 20 a.m. yesterday.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and for fingerprinting in an attempt to identify the victim, who had been dead for several days, police said.

Red Cross sets blood drives for tomorrow, Thursday

The Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac region has scheduled blood drives tomorrow and Thursday in the Baltimore area. People in good health, 17 and older, and who weigh at least 110 pounds are urged to make an appointment to donate at one of these drives:

Tomorrow: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Liberty Health System, 2600 Liberty Heights Ave.; 8: 30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m., Sylvan Learning Center, third floor Rotunda, 1000 Lancaster St.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Johns Hopkins University, Homewood campus, Glass Pavilion, 34th and Charles streets.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., FMC Corp., 1701 E. Patapsco Ave.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hopkins Homewood Campus, Glass Pavilion, 34th and Charles streets.

Pub Date: 9/15/98

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