In Baltimore City MTA shuttle to link light rail stops...

City/County Digest

March 23, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

MTA shuttle to link light rail stops this weekend

The Mass Transit Administration will operate a bus shuttle between the Falls Road and Hunt Valley light rail stops from 8:30 tonight until 9 a.m. Sunday to allow for reconstruction of a drainage ditch, equipment tests and other work.

Regular light rail service will resume Monday morning.

Man's death near river is ruled a homicide

George D. Williams, of no fixed address, was identified by police yesterday as the man whose body was found Tuesday near a squatter's makeshift dwelling in the 1500 block of S. Eutaw St., not far from the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River in southern Baltimore. Williams' death has been ruled a homicide.

Detective Donald Kramer of the homicide unit said an autopsy Wednesday showed Williams, 40, died from a blow to the head from an unknown blunt object.

Volunteers sought to help clean up parks, play areas

The Department of Recreation and Parks and the Irvine Nature Center are seeking volunteers and community organizations for the "Shape Up Parks" campaign to clean neighborhood parks, recreation centers and playgrounds from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7.

The agency will provide trash bags and arrange for the disposal of trash and debris, but volunteers must bring gloves.

Those interested in volunteering should register with the Bureau of Parks at 410-396-7931. Information: 410-396-6694.

Clinton speechwriter will speak at school

J. Terry Edmonds, former director of speechwriting for President Bill Clinton, will talk on "Excellent Writing" at 2 p.m. today at Southside Academy of Environmental Science, 2700 Seamon Ave. in Cherry Hill.

Edmonds grew up in Cherry Hill.

In Baltimore County

Man gets 35-year term for shooting ex-colleagues

TOWSON -- A 60-year-old Northeast Baltimore man was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday for shooting two former co-workers, leaving one man paralyzed.

William Thomas Dowdy pleaded guilty in July in Circuit Court to two counts of attempted first-degree murder and a handgun violation in the shooting Dennis Rembert Jr., 40, of Cockeysville, and Duane Thomas, 28, of Baltimore. The three had worked together at Overlea Catering in the 6800 block of Belair Road.

According to testimony, Dowdy, who had been fired from his job as a deliveryman at the company, was angry over the company's refusal to give him references for his job search. Rembert, who had been general manager, was shot in the neck and is a paraplegic. Thomas was shot in the legs and buttocks and is unable to return to work, according to testimony.

Hot line established for reporting potholes

TOWSON -- Baltimore County has established a pothole hot line in an attempt to repair roads quickly.

Residents can call 410-887-3560 to report potholes. "In most cases we'll be able to patch it in about 24 hours, " said Tim Burgess, the county's chief of highways.

County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger has spent $43 million in the past six years for work on county roads. Under the executive's road resurfacing and repair program, the number of potholes declined from 85,000 in 1996 to fewer than 50,000 last year, county officials say.

Dinner-dance to benefit Turners Station youths

DUNDALK -- The second Oceola Smith Dinner Dance benefiting Turners Station Recreation Council youth programs will be held at 7 p.m. March 31 at Martin's Northpoint Gardens, in the 2300 block of North Point Blvd.

The event will be dedicated to the memory of Maryland State Police Trooper Edward M. Toatley, a Turners Station native who was killed in the line of duty last year during a drug operation in Washington. Four people also will receive awards for their contributions to the community.

Smith coached Turner recreation league teams for 40 years. Among his players were Kweisi Mfume, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Calvin Hill, a former National Football League running back; and professional boxer Larry Middleton. Information: Elsie Winston, 410-282-3041.

Maryvale to present `Technicolor Dreamcoat'

BROOKLANDVILLE -- Students at Maryvale Preparatory School will present the musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at three performances this weekend.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $6 for children, students and senior citizens.

The all-girls preparatory school is at 11300 Falls Road. Ticket information: 410-308-0734.

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