John Henry Harris and James Taylor, 85, were neighbors and...

City/County Digest

September 17, 1998|By From staff reports

CARNEY — John Henry Harris and James Taylor, 85, were neighbors and friends. But yesterday, Harris was sent to prison for 30 years for stabbing Taylor 14 times and killing him in a dispute over a car the victim had sold to Harris.

Harris, 57, pleaded guilty in Circuit Court to the first-degree murder of Taylor and the attempted first-degree murder of the victim's wife, Augusta, 80, who also was stabbed, in January 1997 at the Taylors' home in the 5600 block of Todd Ave. in Northeast Baltimore. Judge Roger W. Brown sentenced Harris to life in prison with all but 30 years suspended.

Assistant State's Attorney William McCollum said prosecutors agreed to the sentence because of Harris's age and poor health, and to save Mrs. Taylor from testifying about the attack on her husband of 56 years.

Bicyclist fatally shot yesterday in Forest Park

A man riding a bicycle in Northwest Baltimore early yesterday was fatally shot and police were seeking three men in dark clothing seen fleeing the scene.

Lt. Oy Ben Lieu said Allen J. Gross, 33, of the 4100 block of Boarman Ave. was riding his bicycle in the 4000 block of Barrington Road in Forest Park about 3: 50 a.m. when he was shot once in the head and died at the scene.

Police said they knew of no motive for the shooting.

Graduation tomorrow for apprentice program

Fourteen public housing residents, ages 17 to 30, will graduate tomorrow from the pre-employment phase of a building maintenance apprenticeship program in a ceremony at Lake Clifton Mansion in the 2700 block of Saint Lo Drive.

Graduates completed six to 12 months of training in skills such as work ethics and basic tool handling, and will now spend 30 months attending classes at Dundalk Community College and working as paid apprentices in the maintenance department of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City.

The federally funded program is run by Civics Works, HABC and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which provides apprentices with union membership and mentors.

First park in program to be dedicated

City housing officials will dedicate the first park created under the Vacant Lot Restoration Program with a tree-planting ceremony at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the 1600 block of E. Pratt St.

Approximately 30 volunteers will spend the day planting trees and shrubs and creating flower beds on the lot. The program is intended to create parks on lots where the city has demolished abandoned houses.

CARNEY -- Residents, business owners and elected officials are invited to participate in a workshop to discuss land-use issues in the Parkville-Carney area from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. LTC Saturday at Pine Grove Middle School, 9200 Old Harford Road.

Participants will view slide images of existing conditions and computerized enhancements, such as streetscapes, improved lighting and better pedestrian crossings. The audience will be divided into smaller groups to make recommendations that will be used as part of the Greater Parkville Community master plan. Information: 410-668-2580.

Walking tour of Stoneleigh is planned for Sunday


TOWSON -- An architectural walking tour of the Stoneleigh neighborhood off York Road will be led by architect Jeffrey Lees at 2: 30 p.m. Sunday.

The 500-home community, started in 1922, features a blend of Colonial houses and English country cottages. Participants should meet at Purdum Pharmacy, 6901 York Road, at Regester Avenue. There is no charge for the walk, sponsored by Historic Towson Inc., though contributions are appreciated.

Pub Date: 9/17/98

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