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City/County Digest

June 02, 1999

In Baltimore City

Body of man found floating in harbor is apparent suicide

A man's body was found floating in the Inner Harbor in South Baltimore yesterday and police said he may have committed suicide by jumping into the water with a backpack filled with rocks strapped to his back.

Police said a man working near the water's edge in the 100 block of Harbor View Drive off the 1200 block of Key Highway spotted the body about 7 a.m. and called police.

A police marine unit removed the body from the water and it was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Police were trying to confirm the man's identity.

Discarded cigarette may have caused motel fire

A fire that caused an estimated $25,000 damage to an East Baltimore motel yesterday, forcing dozens of patrons to evacuate, was started by a discarded cigarette left on a bed, the manager said.

Room 214 of the Super 8 motel in the 3600 block of Pulaski Highway was burned and several other rooms suffered smoke damage in the one-alarm fire that was reported about 8: 45 a.m., said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman who provided the damage estimate.

Torres would not comment on the cause but said Room 214 was empty at the time. Motel manager Jaoimin Patel said a tenant left a cigarette on the bed. He said most patrons were able to return to their rooms.

Groups offer $5,000 reward in arson of activist's home

South Baltimore neighborhood groups and residents are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the March 22 arson at the Charles Street home of Theresa Hynes, a local activist.

Police have been investigating whether the fire was related to the community work of Hynes, a South Baltimore Improvement Committee leader who has fought against bar expansions in the area. The fire caused an estimated $15,000 damage and forced her to move.

Hynes and her parents have joined groups from Locust Point and Federal Hill in contributing to the reward fund. Those with information may call 311 and ask for Metro Crime Stoppers.

In Baltimore County

High school students' art to be on exhibit at Goucher

TOWSON -- The 13th Annual High School Art Exhibition will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Rosenberg Gallery and Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College.

The artwork of county high school students -- as well as county elementary, middle and high school art teachers -- will be on display. Some students will be awarded art scholarships during the show, and a Teacher's Choice Award and a People's Choice Award will be presented.

$206,500 budget transfer to fund police academy

TOWSON -- The County Council is scheduled to approve a transfer of $206,500 next week from the Police Department budget to the Community College of Baltimore County to help fund the county police academy.

The funds will be used to reimburse the college $184,916 for salaries and fringe benefits to run the academy at Dundalk Community College, $15,084 for utility costs and $6,500 for supplies, county officials said.

The budget transfer is slated to be approved at the council's meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers in the Old Courthouse in Towson.

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