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January 23, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Police Integrity Unit back in operation; no arrests in break-in

The Police Department's Integrity Unit is back in action after having been shut down since December because of a burglary at its secret office in Essex.

Investigators have not made any arrests in the break-in, in which several sensitive files on police misconduct were rifled or stolen, but police officials have said they suspect a fellow officer, possibly a member of the unit, is involved.

Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris said yesterday that some members of the unit, part of the Internal Affairs Division, have been transferred. He said the investigation is continuing.

Two accidents cause rush-hour closure of JFX

Two accidents on an icy Jones Falls Expressway forced city police to shut down the highway throughout most of the morning rush hour yesterday, causing significant traffic delays.

Police said a chain-reaction crash involving six cars occurred about 7 a.m. in the southbound lanes at Cold Spring Lane. An hour later, several other cars collided in the southbound lanes at Northern Parkway.

No serious injuries were reported, but police said they were forced to shut down northbound and southbound lanes to get emergency equipment to the scenes. The highway was reopened at 9:15 a.m.

Police investigating two fatal shootings

Police were investigating two homicides, one of which occurred early yesterday when a 21-year-old man was shot outside a Northwest Baltimore rowhouse.

Alvin Henry Jones was shot about 2 a.m. in the 3000 block of Rosalind Ave. in Pimlico. Detectives were searching for a white sport utility vehicle with tinted windows, occupied by a female driver and a male passenger, that was seen speeding from the scene.

Also yesterday, police had not identified a man who was shot and killed about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of Barnes St. in East Baltimore. Police said the man had been shot once in the throat and was pronounced dead in an alley.

In Baltimore County

Police chief honors man who helped catch arsonist

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan gave a "distinguished citizen award" yesterday to Chris Erlandson, a claims adjuster who helped police catch an arsonist recently convicted of setting nearly 20 fires in the Loch Raven area last winter.

Erlandson, 25, of the 1600 block of Naturo Road followed John Clevenger in March after seeing him walk away from a burning car, then called police on his cell phone when Clevenger entered his home in the 1600 block of Yakona Road.

On Jan. 11, Clevenger pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to first- and second-degree arson charges and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Museum to hold tours of 1904 city fire sites

LUTHERVILLE -- The Fire Museum of Maryland will conduct "Great Baltimore Fire of 1904" tours from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4 and Feb. 11.

The tours will start at the museum, 1301 York Road, with a brief discussion of the two-day fire that destroyed 140 acres of downtown Baltimore. Guests will take a bus to the city to learn how the fire affected businesses, view fire-related artifacts and documents, and take a walking tour.

The cost is $35 per person. Information and reservations: 410- 321-7500.

Program set to discuss senior health care options

OVERLEA -- Overlea Senior Center, 4314 Fullerton Ave., will present a program at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2 to Medicare beneficiaries who are being dropped by their health maintenance organizations.

The free, one-hour program will discuss health care alternatives for senior citizens.

Information: 410-887-5220.

Goucher to welcome European culture expert

TOWSON -- Carole Tongue, a former British member of the European Parliament who has written extensively about European cultural issues, will discuss "Europe: Past, Present and Future" in a public lecture Feb. 8 at Goucher College.

The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Van Meter Faculty Lounge. Information: 410-337- 6333.

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