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January 19, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Housing authority holds seminar to help officers find jobs

Housing authority officials have said they must trim eight officers from the force of 74 by Feb. 28 and held a recruitment seminar yesterday to help employees find other police work.

A Housing Authority of Baltimore City spokesman said recruitment officers from the city Police Department and sheriff's office met with housing police yesterday on law enforcement opportunities.

In an effort to eliminate overall spending by $1.3 million, the housing authority is looking to cut one lieutenant, one major and six officers without having to resort to layoffs, the spokesman said.

No injuries reported in two multi-alarm fires

Two multi-alarm fires broke out in Northwest Baltimore last night and caused extensive damage to several structures but no apparent injuries.

Fire Inspector Michael Maybin said a two-alarm fire started about 7 p.m. in a two-story rowhouse in the 3300 block of Hayward Ave. in Pimlico. A man and two children, whose names were not available, were taken to Sinai Hospital for observation.

About two miles south, a three-alarm fire erupted shortly before 8 p.m. in the 4400 block of Towanda Ave. and damaged a former dry cleaner and two adjacent vacant rowhouses, Maybin said. He said 100 firefighters battled the blazes.

Jury gets case of teen charged in officer's death

A city Circuit Court jury began deliberations yesterday in the case of a teen-ager who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a police officer, whose cruiser was rammed by a Ford Bronco during a high-speed chase in April.

A juror was removed yesterday after other jurors complained that she slept during parts of the trial.

Prosecutors contend that Eric Stennett, 18, intentionally crashed into Officer Kavon M. Gavin's cruiser, killing him. Defense attorneys have argued that the crash was an accident. Deliberations continue today.

High-powered serenade marks O'Malley's birthday

The young, boyish-looking mayor of Baltimore is now officially a year less young and, presumably, less boyish.

Martin O'Malley turned 38 yesterday and was treated to a high-powered, if not necessarily sonorous, rendition of "Happy Birthday."

Surrounding an embarrassed O'Malley at a news conference on federal funding yesterday morning, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder and four members of the state's congressional delegation - Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes and Reps. Benjamin L. Cardin and Elijah E. Cummings - serenaded the mayor. Then Cummings got his turn - it was his 50th birthday yesterday.

Body part found in Canton; police search for victim

A police spokesman said officers found a "male human body part" on a street in Canton yesterday, and investigators asked area hospitals for help in locating a victim.

Agent Martin Bartness said police went to the Canton Market parking lot in the 2300 block of Boston St. about 4:30 p.m. to investigate a report of a body part lying near trash.

Bartness said officers found what they suspected was a penis, and the state medical examiner's office confirmed their suspicions.

Man gets 50-year term in fatal shooting

A 21-year-old Northeast Baltimore man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for shooting a man eight times in the head and chest, city prosecutors said.

Darius Holt of the 500 block of Rossiter Ave. was sentenced Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court. He was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Eric Townes, 31, of the 5000 block of Govane Ave.

Prosecutors said Holt shot Townes once in the chest then walked away. Minutes later, he returned and shot Townes seven times in the head and neck.

Three arrested after raid yields suspected heroin

Three people who live above their grocery store were arrested on drug charges last night after a raid at the east-side building allegedly turned up 400 capsules of suspected heroin, police said.

Sung "Papa Cho" Cho, 50; his wife, Kyong Seo, 44; and their daughter, Yoon Yung Cho, 21, were charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin out of the Mana One Deli in the 1700 block of E. North Ave. at Rutland Avenue, police said.

The capsules have an estimated street value of $8,000, according to Lt. Michael L. Tabor of the Eastern District drug unit. The suspects, who were advised of their rights through an interpreter, were held last night at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

Community college holding spring registration

Registration for the spring 2001 semester at Baltimore City Community College is being conducted through Jan. 27.

Tuition is $60 per credit for Maryland residents. Students can register at the school's Harbor campus at 600 E. Lombard St. and Liberty campus at 2901 Liberty Heights Ave.

Information: 410-462-8300, or www.bccc.state.md.us.In Baltimore County

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