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January 13, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Public Works responds to water-main breaks from cold temperatures

The Department of Public Works is responding to 10 to 12 water-main breaks a day because of the freezing temperatures.

Because many of the city's water mains are more than 50 years old, the freezing ground causes shifting and breakage of the underground pipes, which lie about 12 to 14 feet under the surface, Public Works Director George G. Balog said.

During the freeze, work crews are scheduled in 12-hour shifts. The city's goal is to repair any leaks within 24 hours, Balog said. The city handles 3,000 miles of water pipes, maintenance that costs more than $20 million a year.

Ricard gets 2-year extension as head of Catholic Relief

Bishop John H. Ricard received a two-year extension recently as president and chairman of Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore.

Ricard, 58, was appointed to a three-year term in December 1995. He was an auxiliary bishop in Baltimore for nearly 13 years before being named head of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla., in January 1997.

CRS, at 209 W. Fayette St., is the overseas aid and development agency of the Catholic Bishops of the United States.

City students to receive training as pool lifeguards

The Baltimore Department of Employment Development and a group called American Pool Management are expected to announce today a program to provide free training to city students who want to become lifeguards.

In addition to lifeguard training, the program will offer basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training. To participate, candidates must be residents of Baltimore, attend a city high school, reach their 16th birthday by Memorial Day and possess basic swimming skills.

Upon completion of the course, graduates will be given certification and placed in jobs at swimming pools close to their homes. Information: Kasey Simon at 800-234-POOL.

In Baltimore County

McDonald's manager shot in robbery try at restaurant

TOWSON -- A manager of a McDonald's restaurant in the 1600 block of E. Joppa Road was wounded by a would-be robber Monday night, county police said.

The manager and two employees, who were not identified by police, were in the restaurant about 10: 15 p.m. when a man with a gun entered. One employee called police, said police spokeswoman Cpl. Vickie Warehime. He then ran next door for help and heard gunshots from inside the restaurant.

Officers found the manager with gunshot wounds to the thigh and abdomen in a nearby parking lot. He was in fair condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday, Warehime said. The gunman, who was in the restaurant when police arrived, ran away.

S ix charged in assault of city officer in Cockeysville

TOWSON -- A county corrections officer and five other men have been arrested and charged with assault in the New Year's Day beating of an off-duty Baltimore police officer, county police said yesterday.

Officer Bryon R. Schimpf, a two-year veteran assigned to the Central District, came out of the Padonia Station bar in Cockeysville about 2: 50 a.m. and saw a group of men leaning on his car and urinating. He asked them to step away from the car and identified himself as a police officer.

The men began beating him and ran away when county police arrived. David Greer Jr., 27, of the 3900 block of Hickory Ave., who is a correctional officer for Baltimore County, is being held on $50,000 bond, police said.

Open House set to gather input for development plan

TOWSON -- The county Office of Planning will hold an open house to gather community input for the 10-year Master Plan at 7: 30 p.m. Jan. 20 at three county high schools.

The information gathered will be used to help draft a plan to be adopted by the County Council later this year as a guideline for development.

The meetings will be at Patapsco High School, 8100 Wise Ave.; Loch Raven High School, Cromwell Bridge and Cowpens Road; and Woodlawn High School, 1801 Woodlawn Drive. Information: 410-887-3211.

Pub Date: 1/13/99

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