In Baltimore County
Law requiring registration of home alarm system in effect
TOWSON -- As of today, county homeowners with residential alarm systems should have them registered with police.
The requirement stems from a law passed last year by the county requiring businesses and homeowners to register their alarms and imposing a progressive series of fines for repeated false alarms. Police say 83,000 false alarms last year cost the county $5 million.
Businesses were required to register by Dec. 13 of last year, and police said the law has had a noticeable effect on commercial false alarms, which declined by 14 percent in April and 13 percent in May, compared with last year. To register a residential alarm, a homeowner may call 410-887-4951 during regular business hours.
20 in Police Department will be promoted today
TOWSON -- Twenty members of the Baltimore County Police Department will be promoted this morning, police said yesterday.
They include four sergeants who will become lieutenants, seven corporals who will become sergeants and nine officers who will become corporals in the promotion ceremony at the Main Lodge at Oregon Ridge, 13403 Beaver Dam Road.
Chief Terrence B. Sheridan and county officials will present the promotional certificates beginning at 11 a.m.
Maryland National Guard to offer health care in Belize
MIDDLE RIVER -- Members of the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Medical Squadron will be in Belize in Central America from July 10 through 24 to provide medical and dental care to residents.
Guard personnel will also provide health education to villagers and teach them how to better care for their farm and work animals.
The squadron, based at Martin State Airport, worked in Honduras on a similar mission.
In Baltimore City
Adult literacy program holds barbecue fund-raiser
"Swing into Literacy" will be the theme of the South Baltimore Learning Center's eighth annual SoBoQ (South Baltimore Barbeque) fund-raiser July 11 at the Museum of Industry, 145 Key Highway.
The event will include a buffet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by an auction of donated goods and services, music by the New Legacy Jazz Band, and swing-dance instruction.
Tickets are $35 in advance, and $40 at the door. The center is a private, nonprofit adult literacy organization committed to improving basic educational and job skills of its clients. Information and tickets: 410-625-4215.
Man charged with two counts of murder in street shooting
A man serving a 12-year prison sentence for attempted murder was charged Monday in a 1991 killing. He is accused of spraying a West Baltimore street corner with gunfire, killing two people and wounding two others.
Joseph Herbert Brinkley, 30, of the 2700 block of Baker St., who is set to be released from the Maryland House of Correction-Jessup in 2004, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
The incident occurred Feb. 20 when two men fired at least 40 shots at West North Avenue and North Pulaski Street. Killed were Bryan Ligons, 25, and Ricardo Myers, 33. At the time, police said the motive was a drug dispute. They would not say how the suspect was linked to the shooting; the second gunman has not been found.
Police help park officials capture pool trespassers
The Pool Patrol -- off-duty city police officers accompanied by Department of Recreation and Parks officials -- are continuing to crack down on trespassing at municipal pools by making unannounced after-hours pool visits and arrests.
This week, according to recreation and parks director Thomas V. Overton, 14 people were arrested for trespassing and destroying pool property.
Information: Overton, 410-396-6132.
Pub Date: 7/01/99