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May 21, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Planning Commission OKs plan for site at Locust Point

A local developer's plan to convert the Procter & Gamble Co. soap-making plant into a $53 million office and retail complex called The Point passed a key hurdle yesterday when the city Planning Commission approved a bill that would allow the project to be carried out as an "Industrial Planned Unit Development."

Conversion of the property at 1422 Nicholson St. by Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse is expected to bring up to 2,000 jobs to Locust Point, an area decimated by closings of manufacturing plants.

The commission also approved a bill that would authorize the city to acquire properties needed to build a 570-car garage east of the Masonic Temple at 223-225 N. Charles St. Both bills must be passed by the City Council.

Man fatally shot while trying to resolve dispute

A man was fatally shot Wednesday night in East Baltimore while trying to settle a dispute between his brother and another man, witnesses told police.

Detective Albert Marcus said Mark Thompson, 31, was in the 1700 block of Crystal Ave. about 11 p.m. and talking to a man with whom his brother had argued earlier. The other man pulled a 9 mm handgun, shot Thompson in the upper body, both legs, left shoulder and left buttock, and fled, Marcus said.

Thompson, of the 1500 block of N. Durham St., was pronounced dead at 11: 35 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Marcus said.

Police on a burglary call find marijuana in apartment

Police responding to a burglary call in Canton yesterday found 30 pounds of marijuana in a third-floor apartment and have obtained arrest warrants charging two residents with drug distribution, investigators said.

Southeastern District Sgt. James Kirkpatrick said a downstairs resident of the house in the 2500 block of Foster Ave. called police about 9: 30 a.m. because she noticed her upstairs neighbor's door ajar. Kirkpatrick said officers went inside and saw the marijuana, worth an estimated $50,000, on a table.

He said officers found 21 pounds of marijuana in a clothes hamper and hundreds of small bags packaged for $10 street sales. The residents were not identified.

Man shot with nylon bags identified by police

Police identified Morris Greene, 44, of the 2500 block of W. Lanvale St. yesterday as the man who died after officers shot him twice with nylon bags filled with lead pellets when he threatened them with syringes Tuesday in West Baltimore.

Police said Greene, who was combative during the incident, was shot about 4 p.m. and died about 6 p.m. at Maryland General Hospital. A preliminary autopsy Wednesday showed Greene's body bore no signs of trauma and additional tests were ordered.

Church, radio station to hold celebration for youth

Mount Hope Baptist Church, 1716 Gwynns Falls Parkway, and Spirit 1400 Radio will present "Youth Explosion '99" this weekend. All events will be held at the church.

The activities begin at 7 p.m. today with Youth Joy Night that will continue all night with a sleep-over. Workshops will be held tonight and tomorrow on such topics as spiritual warfare, praise and worship, drug abuse prevention and dealing with relationships and sex. A banquet is set for 8 p.m. tomorrow in Fellowship Hall.

Three informal worship services will be held Sunday -- at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Information: 410-669-4466.

In Baltimore County

Police evacuate grocery while pursuing rape suspect

ROSEDALE -- A Giant Food grocery store on Philadelphia Road was evacuated for about an hour yesterday while police officers pursued a homeless man charged with rape and assault who had gone into the store.

"We had been chasing him all over the countryside," said county police spokesman Bill Toohey. Kevin B. Muir, 40, ran out the back of the store as officers were preparing to go in the front and was captured, Toohey said.

Muir is charged with raping a homeless woman and setting fire to the pants of a homeless man this month, Toohey said. He was being held last night at the White Marsh Precinct.

State police ceremony to honor actions of bravery

PIKESVILLE -- Dozens of Maryland state troopers, public safety personnel and private citizens will be honored for bravery today at an awards ceremony.

Col. David B. Mitchell, superintendent of the Maryland State Police, will present several awards, including one for trooper of the year, at 10 a.m. at the Maryland State Police Headquarters Gymnasium, 1201 Reisterstown Road. Mitchell also will present three governor's citations, four superintendent's commendations, and eight certificates of valor.

Pub Date: 5/21/99

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