In Baltimore County 31 left homeless in two Dundalk...

Regional Digest

April 01, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

31 left homeless in two Dundalk fires; no injuries reported

DUNDALK -- Thirty-one people were displaced yesterday by two separate fires in Dundalk, fire officials reported. No injuries were reported in either blaze.

A 42-year-old woman and her three children, ages 4, 7 and 8, were displaced by a two-alarm fire that damaged their two-story home in the 3400 block of Cromwell St. Firefighters responded to the scene at 2:19 a.m. and brought the blaze under control at 3:25 a.m.

In a later fire, 25 adults and two children were displaced when a fire that started in the basement laundry room of their two-story apartment complex spread through the walls, reaching the roof. Firefighters responded to the one-alarm fire in the 1700 block of Holaview Road at 1:01 p.m. and brought the blaze under control in 25 minutes.

In Baltimore City

Judge reduces award in police brutality suit

A federal judge in Baltimore has sharply reduced a jury's $4.1 million award to a Prince George's County man who lost an eye after being beaten by police officers in that county.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake cut the jury's pain-and-suffering award to Freddie McCollum Jr. from $3.5 million to $1.25 million in a written order filed yesterday. She also reduced punitive damages from $250,000 to $85,000.

McCollum, 54, can accept the reduced amount or seek a new trial. A federal jury in Baltimore determined last year that three Prince George's officers violated McCollum's civil rights when they followed him home June 28, 1997, because of an alleged traffic violation, then went inside the home and beat him.

Homeless man found dead with stab wounds

The body of a 50-year-old homeless man was found Friday in a vacant rowhouse in the 1900 block of Patterson Park Ave. in East Baltimore, police reported yesterday.

William Williams, whose body was recovered by police about 1:30 p.m., apparently died of multiple stab wounds, police said. Homicide detectives said they knew of no motive or suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detectives Michael Glenn or Michael Welsch at 410-396-2100.

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