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April 20, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Head of police academy plans to retire in June

TOWSON -- Joseph N. McGowan, who has headed the Baltimore County Police Academy for almost a decade, will retire, police said yesterday.

McGowan, 73, joined the academy in 1990 after a career with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., said police spokesman Bill Toohey. McGowan had worked with county police in volunteer capacities before heading the academy, which is on the Dundalk campus of Community College of Baltimore County.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of erroneous information provided by Baltimore County police, a news brief in yesterday's editions about Joseph N. McGowan, who heads the department's training academy, included incorrect information. McGowan, 72, who has headed the academy since 1996, came to the department in 1990 after a career at Bethlehem Steel Corp.
The Sun regrets the error.

His retirement takes effect in June. No replacement has been named.

Residents file appeal in an effort to stop Har Sinai project

OWINGS MILLS -- More than two dozen residents filed an appeal yesterday to try to stop Har Sinai Congregation's development of a synagogue, school and day care center at Greenspring and Walnut avenues.

A county hearing officer approved the development plan last month for the 62,500-square-foot project on the site of what was an unlicensed dump. Residents said they will ask the Board of Appeals to set aside the approval.

Opponents argue that Har Sinai's project would be too large for the 17-acre site and that a day care center should not be built in a rural area. Neighbors say they are worried that the project could deplete their wells and increase congestion on local roads.

Fire heavily damages two apartments in complex

HILLENDALE -- Fire swept through an apartment complex yesterday afternoon, severely damaging two apartments, county firefighters said. No one was injured.

The fire at Hillendale Gate Apartments in the 6600 block of Glenbarr Court was reported just after 4 p.m. and contained within 90 minutes, said county Fire Department Capt. Michael W. Robinson. It remains under investigation, and preliminary damage estimates are more than $1 million, he said.

Twelve apartments were damaged, Robinson said. The Red Cross was helping those who could not return to their homes.

In Baltimore City

Development group extends deadline for Stewart bids

Baltimore Development Corp. yesterday extended until May 19 a deadline for bids from developers who want to renovate the old Stewart & Co. department store at Howard and Lexington streets downtown.

City officials hope the renovation of the ornate six-story building, which closed 20 years ago after eight decades as one of the anchors of the Howard Street retail district, will serve as a key to west-side redevelopment.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is proposing to spend at least $30 million to convert the building into a telemarketing center.

Motorist is fatally shot in apparent traffic incident

A motorist was fatally shot on a downtown street early yesterdayduring an apparent traffic incident, police said.

Detective Darrell Townsend said Shawn Johnson, 25, of the 600 block of Mosher St. was driving a 1995 Lexus LS400 westbound in the 100 block of W. Saratoga St. near Park Avenue about 2: 15 a.m. when he was shot in the right arm and upper body. The gunman fled, and Johnson died about 25 minutes later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Townsend said.

Support group for victims to mark 20th anniversary

Second Step Inc., a Baltimore nonprofit corporation that serves victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a dance and auction from 6: 30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday at B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St.

Tickets to "A Steppin' Out Celebration" are $45 and can be purchased by calling Second Step at 410-377-8111. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Pub Date: 4/20/99

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