In Baltimore City
State's attorney to expand handgun and homicide units
The city prosecutors' office will expand its homicide and handgun units with $1 million in state funds awarded this year.
State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy said in a statement yesterday that the funds will be used to expand the Homicide Division and the Firearms Investigation Violence Enforcement Division. Each unit will get four prosecutors, an investigator, a law clerk and a secretary.
The office also received continued funding of $720,000 for the handgun unit.
Police identify man killed driving unlicensed taxicab
Damon Joseph Cooper, a hack, or unlicensed taxicab driver, was identified yesterday by police as the man who was robbed of money and his car and fatally shot Friday in a Northeast Baltimore alley.
Detective Dennis Raftery said Cooper lived in the 5800 block of Royal Oak Ave. in the Gwynns Falls section of Northwest Baltimore. Raftery said the victim was hacking when he was robbed and shot at least four times about 3 a.m. in the rear of the 2700 block of Tivoly Ave.
Cooper's white 1989 Chrysler New Yorker with tags HDX 501 has not been recovered, Raftery said.
East-side homicide victim is identified by police
Devon Windell Moore, 33, of the 4900 block of Gunther Ave. in the Moravia section of Northeast Baltimore, was identified yesterday by police as the man found shot to death early Monday on the east side.
Police found Moore's body about 8:20 a.m. in the front passenger seat of a car parked in the 1400 block of N. Ellwood Ave. Police knew of no suspect or motive in the killing.
In Baltimore County
Meeting to discuss parking near Parkton elementary
PARKTON -- County Councilman T. Bryan McIntire will hold an informal meeting April 18 at Seventh District Elementary School to discuss parking problems in the area.
During the spring, lack of parking at the school forces those attending meetings of Seventh District Recreation Council to seek spots on York Road or Bens Court. The county has proposed adding parking at the school.
McIntire will be joined by representatives of county agencies at the meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited.
Police Department report running on Channel 25
TOWSON -- The latest edition of "Police Report," the Baltimore County Police Department's cable television program, began airing Monday and will run through May 4.
The 30-minute program on Comcast Channel 25 includes segments on the department's community relations councils, driver training program, unsolved crimes and neighborhood crime trends.
The program is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
Historical group schedules workshop on tax credits
STEVENSON -- Baltimore County Historical Trust Inc. will hold a workshop April 26 at Gramercy Mansion to explain how owners of historic properties can qualify for state and federal tax credits for rehabilitation projects.
The speaker will be architect Jeffrey A. Lees, a faculty member at Goucher College and a former member of the county Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the mansion, 1400 Greenspring Valley Road. The cost is $30 for historical trust members, $35 for nonmembers. Registration before April 20: 410-832-1812.
JROTC at Franklin High wins 1st place in drill contest
REISTERSTOWN -- Members of the Franklin High School U.S. Marine Corps Junior ROTC took first place at a recent Baltimore County drill competition.
Franklin's 14-member drill team competed in categories including color guard, squad armed and platoon armed. The group is led by Capt. Michael Thomas and Master Gunnery Sgt. Ronald Allender.
The second-place finisher in the competition March 31 was Milford Mill Academy.