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City/County Digest

January 02, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Police seize guns from revelers celebrating new year

Police seized more than 100 guns from revelers who illegally fired shots into the air to celebrate New Year's Eve, police said yesterday.

Police put every available officer on duty Sunday night - canceling days off that many officers had planned - to respond to reports of weapons being fired, Lt. Michael McDonald said. "In the last two years, the city has taken a very pro-active stance toward getting these guns off the streets, and the number of shots fired last night was significantly fewer than a year ago on New Year's Eve," McDonald said.

FOR THE RECORD - A City/County Digest item in yesterday's Maryland section gave an incorrect location for a Jan. 10 Baltimore County community meeting about the needs of older neighborhoods. The meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. at St. Clement Church, 2700 Washington Ave., Lansdowne.
The Sun regrets the error.

In the Central District, officers seized 15 guns after midnight yesterday, he said. These included three shotguns and a .44-caliber semiautomatic handgun found while searching about 15 people attending a party in the 2400 block of Callow Ave. Police found more than 50 shell casings around a fire escape behind the building where the party took place.

Body of man, 41, recovered from Jones Falls

The body of a 41-year-old man who apparently fell down an embankment and hit his head was found in the Jones Falls yesterday afternoon, city police reported.

Police were called to the rear of the 1600 block of Sulgrave Ave at 1:16 p.m. after a worker from Mount Washington Tavern discovered the body.

Police said it appears the man was walking along the waterway when he fell about 20 feet down an embankment and struck his head on the rocks below. It was unknown how long he had been in the water, but authorities said it appeared to be least two days. His death was labeled "questionable" pending the outcome of an autopsy scheduled today. His identity was being withheld until his family could be notified, police said.

In Baltimore County

Part of Hampton Lane to close for bridge work

TOWSON - The State Highway Administration will temporarily close Hampton Lane, between Culvert and Dulaney Valley roads, and the westbound Baltimore Beltway ramp to northbound Dulaney Valley Road, beginning at midnight today.

The closures are part of the administration's two-year project to rebuild Dulaney Valley Road bridge over the Beltway. They will remain in effect about two months. Message and road construction signs will guide motorists through detours.

Information about detours or traffic: Linda Singer, SHA community liaison for Baltimore County, 410-321-2800 or 800-962-3077.

Environmental issues forum set for Jan. 9

COCKEYSVILLE - The first of 13 statewide community forums on the top environmental issues facing the General Assembly is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Oregon Ridge Park.

Dru Schmidt-Perkins, executive director of 1,000 Friends of Maryland, and Sue Brown, executive director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, will lead the discussion on such issues as open bay dumping, water conservation, community preservation, and transportation spending and its impact on pollution.

Information: Schmidt-Perkins, 410-385-2910; or Brown, 410-280- 9855.

Cable program explores schools, community service

TOWSON - A new half-hour cable television program is being used by the Baltimore County public schools to promote the service learning curriculum and to increase public awareness of health and human service needs.

"Outreach Beach" highlights students who are engaged in service learning activities.

The program airs several times each month on the school system's cable station, Comcast channel 73.

Meetings to address needs of older communities

ARBUTUS - The Baltimore County Office of Community Conservation has scheduled two meetings in the southwestern part of the county to allow residents to offer ideas on how the needs of older neighborhoods can be met.

The meetings are part of an effort to develop a five-year plan to help such neighborhoods improve the quality of life for residents.

The first meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Arbutus library, 1581 Sulphur Spring Road. The second is at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 10, also at the library.

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