In Baltimore City `Blue Bag Brigade' rallies at City...

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April 10, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

`Blue Bag Brigade' rallies at City Hall to plead for recycling

About 50 environmental activists, calling themselves the "Blue Bag Brigade," rallied in front of City Hall yesterday, urging Mayor Martin O'Malley to scrap the idea of ending curbside pickup of bottles, cans and plastics for recycling.

City officials identified recycling as a program that could be eliminated as they consider cost-cutting moves to deal with a looming budget deficit. Under the program, recyclables are placed in blue bags at street curbs for weekly collection.

"We want to show the mayor that this is an issue people care about," said David M. Baker of the Baltimore Activists Coalition, as the group picketed outside City Hall for about an hour.

Man indicted in killing of Officer Cowdery

Howard T. Whitworth, 26, of Cliftview Avenue was indicted yesterday on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting of a Baltimore police Officer Michael J. Cowdery Jr., the city state's attorney's office said.

A city grand jury also indicted Whitworth on a charge of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Officer Ronald Beverly on March 12 in the 2300 block of Harford Road, said State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.

Cowdery was questioning a woman when an assailant shot him twice. Jessamy said Whitworth is to be arraigned July 13.

Man found shot to death in East Baltimore

Police are investigating the shooting death of a man whose body they found at 8:20 a.m. yesterday in a car in the 1400 block of N. Ellwood Ave. in East Baltimore.

Agent Martin Bartness, a police spokesman, said investigators have not identified the man, who was sitting in the front passenger side of the car.

Police know of no motive and have no suspects in the shooting.

Police seek help in solving West Baltimore homicide

Police are seeking the public's help in finding the killer of a Baltimore County man who was shot March 29 in his car in West Baltimore and died April 4 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Gilbert Franklin Barnes Jr., 36, of the 400 block of Valley Meadow Circle in Reisterstown was shot in the right temple while sitting in the driver's seat of his 1996 Chevrolet Beretta in the 3500 block of Harlem Ave., Detective Joseph Phelps said yesterday.

Anyone with information is urged to call Phelps at 410-396- 2100.

In Baltimore County

Ruppersberger promotes corrections administrator

TOWSON -- Dorothy M. Williams has been named to the new post of criminal justice services administrator, Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger announced yesterday.

Williams, who has been administrator of the county's Bureau of Corrections since 1998, will act as liaison between agencies in the county, Baltimore City, neighboring counties and the state. She will also work with regional groups, including the Baltimore Metropolitan Council.

Williams has 25 years' experience in probation, inmate counseling and classification, and administration of detention centers in Michigan, New Jersey and Maryland. She will start her new job May 14.

Carver Center senior wins award, $20,000 scholarship

TOWSON -- Rachel Sul-Gee Scully, a 12th-grader at Carver Center for Arts and Technology, has been named the winner of the national Scholastic Arts and Writing Award for her artwork and writing. The award includes a $20,000 scholarship.

Scully was selected from 30,000 applicants nationwide. She will receive her award June 16 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

2 Perry Hall High teams finish 1, 2 in vehicle contest

PERRY HALL -- For the second consecutive year, a team of girls from Perry Hall High School has won the Mid-Atlantic region Daimler-Chrysler Co. "Build Your Dream Vehicle" competition.

Another Perry Hall team took second place, marking the first time in the history of the competition that teams from the same high school placed first and second.

Members of the two teams are: Evelyn Chou, Kristy Fridley, Meghna Trivedi, Christine Phung, John Burke, John Cocoros, Emily Nelson, and Teri Hansell. The first-place team will travel May 1 to Detroit to compete in the national finals. Teacher Michael McIntyre coached both teams.

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