In Baltimore County Md. Lotto winners set to step...

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March 20, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Md. Lotto winners set to step forward for $24 million prize

WOODLAWN - The winners of the largest jackpot in the Maryland Lotto's 18-year history are expected to step forward today and claim the $24 million prize.

If the group is as large as expected - and if they choose the cash-out option of $13.4 million, as they have indicated they will - each member will be going home with less than $500,000, said Maryland Lottery spokesman Jimmy White.

White said a group of Social Security Administration employees - perhaps two dozen in all - called the office and appears to have the winning ticket from Saturday night's drawing. The ticket was purchased at Hertsch's Package Goods and Tavern on Gwynn Oak Avenue.

High court rejects appeal from death row inmate

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected yesterday an appeal by one of four Maryland death row inmates whose execution date could be set in the next few months.

The court declined to consider the case of Vernon Evans, convicted of the 1983 murders of Pikesville motel clerks David Piechowicz and Susan Kennedy.

The Supreme Court rejected appeals earlier this year filed by Wesley Baker and Steven Oken, who also are on death row. Anthony Grandison, convicted with Evans in connection with the Pikesville killings, is awaiting word on his appeal.

Judge upholds ruling denying airstrip permit on horse farm

TOWSON - A Baltimore County judge has affirmed a county administrative ruling that denied a permit for an airstrip to the owner of a Green Spring Valley horse farm.

Martin L. Grass, former Rite Aid chairman and chief executive officer, helped neighbor Dale Lucas pay to build an airstrip on Lucas' property and used it for years to commute by helicopter to Harrisburg, Pa.

But Circuit Judge John O. Hennegan ruled Friday that the county Board of Appeals was correct when it ruled last year that the fenced-in, partially paved airstrip is not allowed in rural areas.

Commission on Disabilities set to meet tomorrow

OVERLEA - The Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities will meet at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Overlea/Fullerton Senior Center, 4314 Fullerton Ave.

The commission supports full community involvement of people with disabilities. Meetings are open to the public and are held on the third Wednesday of each month from September to June. Information: 410-887-3580.

In Baltimore City

Evening, Saturday hours added for needle exchange

Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, Baltimore's health commissioner, announced last night an effort to step up the fight against HIV infections and AIDS by improving access to the city's needle-exchange program.

Three of the city's 11 needle-exchange sites will add evening and Saturday hours. The sites - recreational vehicles that park in neighborhoods for use by the city's intravenous drug users - had been open only during business hours.

The new hours are: East Madison Street and North Montford Avenue, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays and Fridays; North Fremont and Riggs avenues, 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays; 2101 Garrison Blvd., 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Pride of Baltimore captain to get award from group

The Colonial Society of Maryland has named Jan C. Miles, long-time captain of the Pride of Baltimore II, its "Marylander of the Year."

Miles has sailed Pride of Baltimore II to Europe four times, to Asia and other ports. Wherever he sails the reproduction of an 1812-era topsail schooner, he and the ship's crew spread information about the port of Baltimore, Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region.

The award will be presented at 11 a.m. Friday at the 60th Maryland Day ceremony at the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse.

United Way official to head Baltimore Reads nonprofit

Marlene McLaurin will become executive director of Baltimore Reads Inc., effective April 25.

McLaurin, 56, replaces Maggi Gaines, who left the post in January to become executive director of Partnership for Service, a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization underwritten by several foundations. Gaines said the group will work to raise the value of service in the Jewish community.

McLaurin has been senior executive vice president of United Way of Central Maryland since 1999. She joined United Way in 1976 in New Haven, Conn.

Free screenings offered today for prostate cancer

Free screenings for prostate cancer will be available from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Mt. Pleasant Church and Ministries, 6000 Radecke Ave. in Northeast Baltimore.

Prostate cancer affects African-American males at a higher rate than other men, said Doug Wilson, community services coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Authorities identify victim of fatal weekend shooting

Keith Barrett, 30, of Northeast Baltimore was identified by police yesterday as the man who died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after he was shot Friday night near North and Greenmount avenues.

Detective Kirk Hastings said Barrett of the 2000 block of Cecil Ave. was seated in a van about 10:45 p.m. when a gunman shot him several times in the head. Several other people in the van escaped injury. Hastings said Barrett died about 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

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