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September 18, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Dundalk man charged with theft in disaster aid collection scheme

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police have charged a 31-year-old Dundalk man with petty theft by deception after police say he impersonated an American Red Cross volunteer while collecting money from his neighbors Friday.

Kelly David Crouse of the 1700 block of Brookview Road is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $50,000 bail. Police say they were called to the 1700 block of Brookview Road in Dundalk about 8:55 p.m. after several residents saw Crouse going door to door with a container. Crouse, who was arrested after a brief investigation, had collected $9.10.

Linnea Anderson, spokeswoman for the Central Maryland chapter of the Red Cross, said this is the first incident of its kind she was aware of since the terrorist attacks last week. The Red Cross, which has established a disaster relief fund, does not solicit funds door-to-door, she said.

Volunteer office to hold blanket drive this weekend

TOWSON -- The volunteer office of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services will sponsor a blanket drive Friday and Saturday as part of Pitch-in-for-Progress weekend.

New and nearly new blankets will be accepted at the social services department at 1 Investment Place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Baby blankets will be accepted. All blankets will be distributed to homeless people and families.

The weekend is designed to show the benefits of voluntarism by allowing county residents to participate. Information on the blanket drive: 410-853-3024. Volunteer opportunities: 410-887-2483.

County's cable TV program to feature festivals, survey

TOWSON -- Fall festivals and a planning survey are among the topics of the September edition of "Hello Baltimore County," county government's cable television program.

The September segments will be shown through Oct. 5. The program airs six times a week on Comcast Channel 25: 9 p.m. Monday; 9:30 a.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m. Wednesday; 7 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Friday.

In Baltimore City

Judge sends felon to jail on gun possession charge

A 28-year-old Baltimore man who pedaled his bicycle into a police car in February has been sentenced to more than six years in prison on his guilty plea to possessing a handgun after a previous felony conviction, according to federal prosecutors.

Norman Handy of the 300 block of E. 23rd St. received a 77-month sentence Friday from Judge Frederic N. Smalkin in Baltimore's U.S. District Court. According to the prosecution's statement of facts to support the guilty plea, two city police officers received a report of shots being fired in the 2400 block of Barclay St. at 2:15 a.m. Feb. 25. Soon after they arrived, Handy came racing toward them on a bicycle and the officers said they saw the butt of a handgun in his waistband.

Ignoring an order to stop, Handy pedaled past them on to the 300 block of Camp St., where he collided with another police car and fell off his bicycle, the prosecutor said. After a brief foot chase, Handy placed the gun on the ground and was arrested.

Dunbar alumni to hold prayer breakfast Sept. 29

The Dunbar Alumni Association will hold its annual prayer breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 at Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave.

The Rev. Cleveland C. Alexander, pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church, will be guest speaker.

Tickets are $15 and may be reserved by calling the high school alumni association's president, Dolores B. Taylor, at 410-466-7614, or the board chair, Olivia M. Johnson, 410-385-4101.

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