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City/County Digest

August 13, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

BDC selects Grinnell to lead redevelopment of west side area

The Baltimore Development Corp. has selected Sharon R. Grinnell, its chief operating officer, to head the west side redevelopment project.

Grinnell will lead an effort launched in May by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and the City Council to lure hundreds of shops and apartments into an 18-block area surrounding the struggling Howard Street retail corridor. Grinnell will also continue in her job supervising the internal operations of the city's quasi-public development agency.

Her appointment is not related to an effort by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, the Weinberg Foundation, Orioles owner Peter Angelos and other business leaders to create a separate West Side Development Corp. to help attract developers to the project.

GOP mayoral candidate spends $10,000 on radio ads

Republican mayoral candidate David F. Tufaro said this week that he has spent $10,000 on radio ads promoting his candidacy.

Through the skit of a child being told a bedtime story, the lawyer and developer is urging Baltimoreans to vote Republican, blaming Democrats for much of the city's woes.

Democratic registered voters outnumber Republicans 9 to 1 in Baltimore, according to city voter registration records.

Police seize drugs, handgun; 2 men arrested and charged

Two men were arrested yesterday during a raid on an East Baltimore rowhouse. Police reported seizing cocaine and heroin, a handgun and $10,000.

Officer William Denford, of the Central District drug enforcement unit, said the raid in the 2100 block of Homewood Ave. ended a three-month investigation sparked by complaints of drug activity in the area.

Denford said the drugs, worth more than $100,000, a .41-caliber revolver and the cash were found in a safe. Willie Brown, 46, and Robert McClinton, 48, residents of the dwelling, were each charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute and handgun violation, Denford said.

Gunmen sought in shooting of four in Shipley Hill area

Police were searching yesterday for up to three gunmen who opened fire on a crowded street in Southwest Baltimore shortly before midnight Wednesday and wounded four people, apparently in retribution for an earlier shooting.

The shootings occurred at Shipley Street and Fairmount Avenue in the Shipley Hill neighborhood. Police believe at least one of the victims was the target. An officer saw a suspected gunman drive a gray Chevrolet Caprice.

Police identified the victims as Ezra Johnson, 25; Tyrone Hill, 33; Mustfa Bates, 17; and Artemus Neil, 19. All are from Southwest Baltimore and are being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Johnson was the most seriously injured; he was in critical condition with a bullet wound in a lung, police said.

In Baltimore County

Florida man drowns at Cockeysville swim club

COCKEYSVILLE -- A Florida man drowned yesterday while swimming at Beaver Dam Swim Club, police said.

Cpl. Doug Irwin of the Baltimore County Police Department communications division said the Port Richey man, 42, was with his sister at the club in the 10800 block of Beaver Dam Road and was swimming in the quarry when he disappeared about 2 p.m. Irwin said lifeguards searched for the man before the club called police at 4: 15 p.m.

Irwin said police divers recovered the man's body about 6: 15 p.m. in 50 feet of water. His identity was withheld pending official notification of out-of-state relatives.

School board fills positions in finances, administration

TOWSON -- Baltimore County school board members filled two positions this week.

Barbara S. J. Dezmon, who worked as an executive assistant to Deputy Superintendent Elfreda W. Massie, will replace Edna R. O'Connor, who coordinated multicultural education. Dezmon's title will be special assistant to the superintendent for minority achievement. Her salary is in negotiation, and her promotion will take effect Thursday. O'Connor resigned this year.

Robin L. Churchill, who worked as the school district's comptroller, has replaced John M. Markowski, who was chief financial officer of the division of fiscal services until his resignation earlier this year. Churchill assumes the same title. Her salary will be $103,307.

Orientation will familiarize teachers with school system

TOWSON -- More than 800 teachers new to the county public schools will attend a four-day orientation session next week.

The program at Chesapeake High School is designed to familiarize teachers with the school system's expectations and with the range of services available to help them. They will hear from longtime teachers as well as relatively recent hires about classroom management, instruction and compliance issues.

The teachers were chosen from more than 6,000 applicants from across the country.

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