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City/County Digest

August 05, 1999

In Baltimore County

Pairs of criminals using deception to enter homes of elderly

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are warning the public about deception crimes targeting the elderly.

This year, 20 incidents have been reported in which pairs of criminals posed as contractors, friends of neighbors or lost travelers to enter elderly victims' homes, police said. Once inside, one thief distracted the homeowner while the other stole valuables.

Homeowners should report any suspicious people approaching their homes to the police with a description of the person and the car, police said.

State and county dedicate Southwest Area Park

BALTIMORE HIGHLANDS -- County and state officials held a dedication ceremony yesterday morning for the new Southwest Area Park, which features ball fields, pavilions, a playground and a new comfort station off Park Drive.

The project, which converted a landfill into a recreational facility and wildlife area, was funded by the county Department of Recreation and Parks and the state Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space.

Future projects at the regional park will include adding trails and boating facilities, officials said.

Horticulture, design courses set at Dundalk college

DUNDALK -- Ten courses in horticulture and landscaping will be offered next month at the Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk campus.

The instruction will include design, nursery and greenhouse management and other horticulture topics. Similar courses will be given at the system's Owings Mills Center.

Information: 410-285-9754.

In Baltimore City

Suspect in Baltimore killing arrested in North Carolina

A Northwest Baltimore man sought on a murder charge has been arrested in North Carolina and is awaiting extradition to Maryland, city police said.

Tion T. Bryant, 23, of the 4100 block of Fairview Ave. was arrested Monday by Greene County Sheriff's deputies after they received information about his whereabouts from Baltimore police. He is being held at the county jail in Snow Hill, N.C.

Bryant was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the death of Anthony M. Bailey, 30, of the 3900 block of W. Forest Park Ave. on April 16. Bailey was fatally injured in the 4100 block of Norfolk Ave. and the state medical examiner ruled his death a homicide on May 22.

Hospital workers endorse O'Malley, Dixon in campaign

A hospital workers union endorsed Councilman Martin O'Malley for mayor and Councilwoman Sheila Dixon for council president yesterday.

Service Employees International Union 1199E-DC made its choices based on member responses on a questionnaire distributed at a mayoral forum the union held two weeks ago. The union has 6,500 members statewide, and about 100 attended the forum.

Of those in attendance, 46 percent rated O'Malley as most responsive to union concerns and 74 percent said Dixon.

Kelley's endorsement shows division among lawmakers

Mayoral hopeful Carl F. Stokes was endorsed yesterday by state Sen. Delores G. Kelley's 10th District Democratic Club. The endorsement is another example of the division among the city's state lawmakers in the mayor's race.

Sen. Clarence M. Mitchell IV has endorsed City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III while Sen. Joan Carter Conway, Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman and Dels. Howard P. "Pete" Rawlings, Kenneth C. Montague and Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg are backing Councilman Martin O'Malley.

Kelley's club -- which includes Dels. Emmett C. Burns, Shirley Nathan-Pulliam and Adrienne A. Jones -- also endorsed Nathan Irby for council president and Agnes Welch, Keiffer Mitchell, Julian Thomas, Helen Holton, Stephanie Rawlings and Rochelle "Rikki" Spector for City Council.

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