Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch...


November 26, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger's overwhelming re-election victory has left him with $549,194 in his campaign kitty even as he plans another major fund-raiser in March. But he is still coy about his intentions after completing a second term.

"If there's a future beyond county executive, it's going to be based on the job I do as county executive. I owe a duty to the citizens of the county," he said.

So why the big bank account? "I'm termed out. I like political life. It's important to be ready," he said.

Police to block Towson streets for filming of Levinson movie


TOWSON -- Filming for the Barry Levinson movie "Liberty Heights" is scheduled for Monday, and county police will close the block of Washington Avenue directly in front of the old courthouse, and the block of Pennsylvania Avenue on the north side of the building, from 3 a.m. to mid-afternoon.

Filming will take place outside on the grounds and in the ceremonial Courtroom 5 in the oldest part of the building.

Task force to be convened on student-achievement gaps


TOWSON -- Schools Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione will appoint a task force to study student achievement, focusing particularly on the gap between white and black students.

Marchione agreed to appoint the task force at the request of school board member Warren C. Hayman, who during a board meeting this week called the gap an "unacceptable situation."

Hayman called on the task force to study the data and practices of the school system and find solutions so the county can "become a blue-ribbon district for all students." He asked for a report to the board by March 15.

Mohamed al Fayed, whose son Dodi was killed with Princess Diana in a Paris car crash, was seen at the Johns Hopkins outpatient center yesterday for what hospital officials called a routine checkup.

"He is in excellent condition," said Marjorie Centofanti, a Hopkins spokeswoman. It was not disclosed why Fayed, who lives in London, came to Hopkins. Officials said there was no indication that anything was seriously wrong.

The wealthy Egyptian native owns the Harrod's department store in London.

Body of shooting victim found in Leakin Park

Police today were investigating the shooting death of an unidentified man whose body was found late last night in Leakin Park in the city's southwest section.

Homicide detective William Ritz said a Southwestern District officer assigned to a prisoner patrol wagon was stopped in the park about 10: 50 p.m. when he heard gunshots coming from the intersection of Chelsea Terrace and Winterbourne Road.

When the officer arrived at the intersection, he found the body in nearby woods, Ritz said.

Police say over 900 cited in seat belt crackdown

A crackdown on drivers who do not wear seat belts has snared hundreds of city motorists over the past three months, including a trap in Southwest Baltimore that netted 42 violators in two hours yesterday, police said.

Officers have fanned out to every part of the city, set up roadblocks and issued $25 citations to drivers who violated the state's seat-belt law. An exact count was not available, but police said more than 900 people have been cited since September.

Teen-ager held in death of man beaten at bus stop

A West Baltimore teen was being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center yesterday after he was arrested on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder in the fatal beating of a man at a bus stop, police said.

Police said Lawrence Darnell Weddington, 44, of the first block of Valdiva Court in Rockdale, Baltimore County, was beaten at a bus stop in the 1500 block of W. North Ave. on Sept. 4. Weddington died Sept. 19 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. A motive for the beating was unknown.

Police said Tyrone Moulden, 17, of the 2400 block of Woodbrook Ave. was arrested Tuesday.

Pub Date: 11/26/98

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