Baltimore Police Department and the American Red Cross are...

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December 29, 1998|By From staff reports

LUTHERVILLE — Baltimore Police Department and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a blood drive tomorrow to honor Officers Barry W. Wood and Harold J. Carey, who were killed in accidents in the city in October and November.

The drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Loyola College police station at 5104 York Road in Govans. The Red Cross said its goal is 151 pints of blood, the amount used by doctors in their treatment of Wood, who was killed Nov. 4 in the crash of a police helicopter. Carey was killed in a car accident Oct. 30.

Dr. Paul M. Ness of the Red Cross said police save lives every day. "On Dec. 30, they'll save even more lives." Information: the Red Cross, 410-764-7000, Ext. 3005.

Red Cross seeks clothing for people displaced by fire

The Red Cross is seeking donations of clothing for 25 people who were displaced by a four-alarm fire that raced through eight rowhouses in Northwest Baltimore the day after Christmas.

The afternoon fire broke out in a vacant rowhouse in the 3100 block of Oakford Ave. and spread to occupied dwellings. No serious injuries were reported.

Donations of clothing are being accepted at the Red Cross office at 3939 Reisterstown Road. Financial contributions can be made to the Red Cross, P.O. Box Disaster Relief, Baltimore 21263-0550.

Woman's death in rowhouse set afire ruled a homicide

The death of Latisha Turner, 21, of the 2400 block of Westwood Ave., whose body was discovered in a vacant West Baltimore rowhouse that was set afire Christmas Day, has been ruled a homicide, a Fire Department spokesman said yesterday.

Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres declined to release other information, including the cause of death. The state medical examiner's office also declined to comment. The woman's identity was released yesterday by the Police Department's homicide squad.

Firefighters found the body on the second floor of the burning rowhouse in the 1600 block of N. Ellamont St. Fire officials said that several fires had been set in the dwelling.

LUTHERVILLE -- The Prudential insurance and financial company will award Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company $2,000 to help purchase a cardiac defibrillator, a machine that administers an electrical jolt to help restore a heart's rhythm.

The money is expected to cover about half the cost of the machine.

The Lutherville fire company is one of 364 volunteer rescue squads in the nation that will receive the grants from the New Jersey-based insurance company. Prudential has been awarding the grants to volunteer rescue companies since 1994.

Holiday celebration set today at Banneker museum

OELLA

OELLA -- A holiday celebration and Kwanzaa commemoration will be held today at Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum.

The activity will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum, 300 Oella Ave., near Old Frederick Road. It will include food, art and the opening of a community gallery exhibit featuring artists from Catonsville, Oella and Ellicott City.

Information: 410-887-1081.

Pub Date: 12/29/98

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