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February 04, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City to install red-light cameras at 6 more corners

Six more red-light cameras will be in operation by mid-month, bringing the total to 18, the Department of Public Works said yesterday.

They will be installed at Monument and Pulaski streets, North Avenue and Howard Street, Patapsco Avenue and Fourth Street, Hillen Road and Argonne Drive, Martin Luther King Jr. and Washington boulevards, and Franklin Street and Franklintown Road.

Cameras photograph a vehicle that runs a red light, and a $75 citation is issued and mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Jury asks judge to clarify terms in Patel trial

During deliberations yesterday in the case of a dentist accused of killing her husband after he refused to shield her from a traditionalist Hindu father-in-law, a Circuit Court jury asked Judge John C. Themelis to clarify the different degrees of murder and what constitutes self-defense.

Alpna Patel, 27, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Viresh Patel, 26, a medical resident at Union Memorial Hospital. Her lawyers said she acted in self-defense. Prosecutors say she stabbed her husband at his Pimlico apartment in a fit of rage March 24.

Deliberations are to resume today.

Police try to identity man found fatally shot

Police were seeking yesterday to identify a man who was found shot in an alley Wednesday night in southern Baltimore.

The man, who had been shot in the head, was found by officers about 10: 30 p.m. in the rear of the 900 block of Clifford St. He died shortly before midnight at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Anyone with information should call Detective Irv Bradley at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

State environment office sued over denied access

TOWSON -- A neighbor of the proposed site of the Har Sinai congregation's synagogue is suing the state Department of the Environment in county Circuit Court, claiming that he was denied access to state records on soil and ground-water tests at the site.

The suit filed by Richard J. Colon of Foxcreek Court in Owings Mills says the department denied him documents requested under the state's Public Information Act in June. Colon is seeking access to the records and $50,000 in punitive damages.

Har Sinai, which wants to move from Park Heights Avenue to the northwest corridor to be closer to many of its members, has won county approval to build a 62,500-square-foot synagogue and day care center. Neighbors are challenging the plan in a separate suit.

Images in Ebony doll show tomorrow at library

RANDALLSTOWN -- The Randallstown branch of the Baltimore County library will play host to an Images in Ebony doll show from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow to celebrate Black History Month.

Members of Charm City Dolling Club will display 350 African-American dolls, some manufactured in the early 1800s. Children are invited to bring their dolls to the show.

The library is at 8604 Liberty Road. Information: 410-887-0770.

Community college system receives national award

CATONSVILLE -- Community College of Baltimore County has been presented a Bellwether Award, a national honor that recognizes outstanding and innovative programs.

CCBC, the largest community college system in Maryland, won the award in the planning, governance and finance category. It was honored as a national "trend setter" for improving efficiency at the campuses in Essex, Dundalk and Catonsville.

The county system was selected by the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida from among 30 finalists. Two other winners are Delaware Technical and Community College in Dover, Del., for instructional programs, and Central Community College-Platte Campus in Columbus, Neb., for work force development.

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