Classes were canceled for today at Medfield Heights...

City/County Digest

October 15, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON — Classes were canceled for today at Medfield Heights Elementary School in the 4300 block of Buchanan Ave. so work crews can clean up after a fire last night at the Hampden school.

Principal James Sasiadek said teachers and staff should report but that classes for about 400 students would be canceled.

Fire officials said no one was injured in the blaze that broke out shortly after 10 p.m. in a 10-classroom annex. The cause of the fire, which was brought under control in less than 30 minutes, is being investigated.

Police seize videos, albums, CDs in store raid

Police said they seized more than 400 pirated videos, albums and compact discs from a downtown record store yesterday -- the second time in two years the business has been raided.

Central District Officer Ken Driscoll said police seized 332 albums, 44 videotapes and 44 CDs from Music Liberated in the 200 block of W. Saratoga St. Driscoll said it is a misdemeanor to sell recordings that do not list the distributor.

The store's owner, Bernie Rabinowitz, 54, called the police action heavy-handed and said he inadvertently displayed records without the proper identification. In 1996, he was sentenced to probation before judgment on charges that were lodged after a raid at the store.


Arson suspected after fire destroys rowhouse, store

A four-alarm fire in East Baltimore early yesterday burned out a vacant rowhouse and an empty supermarket, forcing fire officials to briefly remove five families from their nearby homes.

Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres said the fire in the 400 block of E. 20th St. was reported about 3: 50 a.m. and is being investigated as a possible arson. The fire, which started in the basement and caused no injuries, destroyed a three-story corner building and an attached 50-foot structure.

"Fire got up into the roof and started to spread across the entire block," Torres said. "Firefighters opened up a roof of an adjoining property and were able to stop it."

Aquarium will become 'jungle' for fund-raiser

The National Aquarium in Baltimore will be transformed into a "funky jungle" from 7: 45 p.m. to 11: 30 p.m. Saturday for a fund-raiser that will include food, live music, dancing and an auction.

Proceeds from Splash98 will benefit the aquarium's "Amazon River Forest: Seasons of Life" exhibit, scheduled to open in 2000. Tickets are $85 or $125 for a VIP package.

Information: 410-659-4204.

TOWSON -- County police are searching for two men suspected of robbing eight convenience stores in scattered sections of the county dating back to August.

One suspect is described as a black male, age 30 to 40, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin build and a slight beard or thin mustache. The second suspect, who acts as a driver-lookout, is a black male, 25 to 30 years old, with a medium build.

A red vehicle, possibly a Ford Contour with Maryland tags containing "LG," may be connected to the thieves. The robbers have hit stores in the Wilkens, Woodlawn, Towson and White Marsh precincts. Anyone with information: 410-887-2198.

Man with ponytail sought in robbery of two banks


TOWSON -- County police are seeking a man who robbed two banks in the Pikesville area.

The man robbed Eastern Savings Bank in the 1400 block of Reisterstown Road on Oct. 6 and Community First Bank in the 3700 block of Old Court Road on Tuesday, police said. In each robbery, he gave the teller a note.

Police described the robber as white, 25 to 30, 5 feet 10, 160 pounds with a medium build.

In both robberies, surveillance photographs showed the man wearing a tan baseball hat with a design on the front, a flannel shirt and jeans. His dark hair was worn in a ponytail. Anyone with information should call 410-887-2198.

Edgemere man files as write-in candidate


DUNDALK -- Larry E. Leone, 37, of Edgemere, a National Guard soldier and package delivery company worker, has filed as a write-in Republican candidate in the 7th District County Council race.

Leone's name will not appear on the ballot opposite Democratic nominee John A. Olszewski Sr., who has no official Republican opponent. But voters may write Leone's name on their paper ballot if they wish, under Maryland laws.

"I just think it's not right that someone runs unopposed in this country," said Leone, who earlier sought -- but did not receive -- his party's blessing to fill the ballot vacancy. Leone filed papers Tuesday to be a write-in candidate.

Pub Date: 10/15/98

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