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March 22, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

TOWSON — In Baltimore County

Fire Department places in service 2 new medic units

TOWSON -- Using a two-way radio to notify the Fire Department dispatch center, Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger placed two new medic units into service at a brief ceremony yesterday.

By mid-May, 18 of the paid Fire Department's 25 medic trucks will be replaced by the $137,000 vehicles, fire officials said. In the current budget year, the department is also purchasing $744,600 in other life-saving equipment, such as combination electrocardiogram monitors and defibrillators and mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation devices.

"We appreciate everything the paramedics do," Ruppersberger said.

Masked man with handgun robs First Union bank branch

TIMONIUM -- Displaying a handgun with a silencer, a masked man leaped over the tellers' counter and robbed First Union National Bank in Timonium about 10 a.m. yesterday, police said.

The man, who also demanded cash from the safe, got an undisclosed amount of money and ran from the bank in the 2100 block of York Road to a waiting car, police said. The man, who was wearing a black mask, gray sweat suit and blue T-shirt, fled west on Timonium Road in a late-model white Nissan with tinted windows.

No one was injured.

Cedarmere Elementary to get $10,000 playground

TOWSON -- Cedarmere Elementary School in Reisterstown will get a $10,000 playground, County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger and County Councilman Brian T. McIntire, a north county-Owings Mills Republican, announced yesterday.

The playground is designed for children 5 to 12 years old and should be completed by June. The 2,000-square-foot recreation area will feature wood-chip mulch as ground cover and a play unit with decks, climbers and a sliding board.

"I am delighted we were able to replace what had become a substandard playground at Cedarmere Elementary," McIntire said.

County Council to use surplus to cover storm costs

TOWSON -- Five winter snowstorms and a hurricane last fall have taken their toll on the county budget.

The County Council this week agreed to transfer $2.5 million from the county's $63.8 million unreserved budget surplus to pay for overtime and supplies related to the storms.

The county originally had budgeted $2.01 million in its storm emergency fund for the fiscal year that ends in June, but until the transfer there was a $1.4 million deficit in that account.

In Baltimore City

Douglas gospel choir to sing at Mount Vernon church

The Gospel Choir of Douglas Memorial Community Church in West Baltimore will perform a program of African-American church music at 5 p.m. Saturday at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Mount Vernon Place and Charles Street.

The performance -- featuring William Sydnor as guest organist and Donte Winslow on trumpet -- honors the London Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, which is performing in Baltimore.

The event is free. Information: 410-523-1700.

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