Tests of inside gas meters and outside gas lines showed no...


November 06, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON — Tests of inside gas meters and outside gas lines showed no malfunctions that could have caused Tuesday's blast, which destroyed one house and extensively damaged two others in North Baltimore, Jessica Brown, a spokeswoman for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., said yesterday.

The investigation of the blast at 5318 Ready Ave. in Govans, which destroyed that house and extensively damaged 5316 and 5320, has been handed to the Fire Department. Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a spokesman, said it was not known when it would be completed.

Diane Moore, who lived at 5318, suffered burns and was in serious and stable condition at the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Mechanical failure ruled out in crash that killed cabdriver

Police investigating a single-vehicle crash in Northeast Baltimore that killed a cabdriver Oct. 30 have ruled out mechanical malfunction as a cause and are still investigating, said Sgt. George McClaskey of the Traffic Investigation Section.

McClaskey said Sidney Brodie Jr., 50, a driver for Sun Cab Co., was westbound in the 1800 block of E. 33rd St. about 6 p.m. when he apparently lost control of the taxi, which jumped a curb and crashed into a tree.

McClaskey said Brodie, of the 1600 block of Rickenbacker Road in Middle River, was pronounced dead at Union Memorial Hospital. A passenger, Damon A. Smith, 22, of the 3800 block of Monterey Road, was treated at the hospital and released.

Cross Country Elementary to celebrate reopening

Cross Country Elementary School will hold a "reopening celebration" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the newly renovated school, 6100 Cross Country Blvd.

Kai Jackson and Richard Sher of WJZ-TV (Channel 13) will be honorary chairmen of the event, which will feature an appearance by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch.

The school closed two years ago to undergo renovations, and reopened to students in August. Tickets are available at the door for $20, with proceeds earmarked for the purchase of books for the school's new media center.

College president to speak at school benefit breakfast

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will be the guest speaker tomorrow at a community breakfast to benefit Callaway Elementary School.

The breakfast is sponsored by Payne Memorial Outreach Inc., a nonprofit organization that operates Callaway Elementary. Hrabowski will talk on the subject of his recent book, "Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males."

The event will be held at 9 a.m. in the Yale Room of the Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave. Tickets are $30 and may be reserved by calling 410-534-2200.

TOWSON -- County police are searching for a man who carjacked and sexually assaulted a woman last week.

The woman, 23, was in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant in the 5600 block of Baltimore National Pike about 1: 30 p.m. Oct. 29 when a man threatened her with a knife and forced her into her car, police said. After they drove for several hours, he took her into a wooded area on Gun Road in Catonsville and assaulted her. She escaped and drove away.

The man is described as a thin, light-skinned black male 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 140 to 150 pounds. He was wearing a multicolored jacket with red sleeves, black jogging pants with yellow stripes and black gloves. Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-887-2198.

College schedules seminar on public records research


CATONSVILLE -- A two-day seminar on public records research will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21 at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

The course is designed for private investigators, paralegals, criminal justice majors and others who perform background investigations. Cost is $195.

Information: 410-455-6915.

Ethnic Heritage Festival to feature displays, food


ESSEX -- Displays and food booths from more than two dozen ethnic communities will be featured tomorrow and Sunday at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

The 21st Ethnic Heritage Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at the College Community Center. Cooking demonstrations, an international beer garden and dance instruction will be offered. Tickets are $4, and children younger than age 12 will be admitted free.

Information: 410-780-6572.

Pub Date: 11/06/98

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