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February 03, 2000|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Police Department accredited for work in forensic science

TOWSON -- The county Police Department was accredited yesterday for its work in forensic science, the first department in the state to receive the distinction.

Accreditation means that the forensic laboratory, with 46 staff members and administrators, meets the highest national standards. The lab studies and examines DNA samples, controlled dangerous substances, firearms, latent fingerprints and documents.

The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board presented police with a certificate during a ceremony yesterday at police headquarters.

Nominations being sought for Good Neighbor awards

TOWSON -- County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger is seeking nominations for Good Neighbor Awards to be presented May 11.

Nominations are sought in two categories. The Bridge Builder Award recognizes voluntary activities that promote harmony among races and ethnic groups. The Volunteer Service Award recognizes service to help neighbors and strengthen the community.

Community groups, businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals are eligible for both awards. The deadline for nominations is March 24. Information: 410-887-2470.

Developer donates $5,000 for World War II Memorial

CATONSVILLE -- Erickson Retirement Communities, a Catonsville-based developer of housing for the elderly, has donated $5,000 to help build the National World War II Memorial in Washington.

The donation is part of a grass-roots campaign to finance the $100 million memorial, which will be on the Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

The Erickson company developed and manages Charlestown in Catonsville and Oak Crest Village in Parkville.

In Baltimore City

Winter Blues Ball benefit Saturday at Pratt

The fourth Winter Blues Ball, benefiting Hands on Baltimore, will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Enoch Pratt Central Library.

Among items to be sold in a silent auction are tickets to Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts and Orioles games, dinners at local restaurants, athletic club memberships and family passes for the Maryland Science Center. Last year, the event raised $12,000 for the volunteer group.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Information: 410-547-8810.

City plowing streets only in response to complaints

The Department of Public Works is plowing streets only in response to complaints from residents. City workers have cleared about 90 percent of Baltimore's 33,000 city blocks, said Bob Murrow, a department spokesman.

"It's a tremendous job to get the side streets open," Murrow said. "We try to hit every street, but some stay buried in snow."

Some roads were not cleared because parked cars prevented plows from going through. Residents whose streets have not been cleared can call 410-396-5352.

Man, 20, is arrested in beating death of teen

A Northwest Baltimore man charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the beating death in November of a teen-ager was arrested Tuesday and is being held without bail, police said.

Joel Coates, 20, of the 3700 block of Yosemite Ave. was arrested about 11: 30 a.m. in the 4000 block of Park Heights Ave., said Detective Lynette Nevins of the homicide unit.

During a fight Oct. 28 in the 4000 block of Boarman Ave., George Carter, 17, fell to the ground and was kicked in the head several times, Nevins said. Carter, who lived in the 3900 block of Belle Ave., suffered head injuries and died Nov. 13 at Sinai Hospital.

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