In Baltimore City $250,000 approved for sports complex...

City/County Digest

September 27, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

$250,000 approved for sports complex in Park Heights

The city Board of Estimates approved yesterday spending $250,000 for the construction of a family sports complex in Park Heights.

The proposed complex is to be built in the 4700 block of Park Heights Ave. and include basketball and tennis courts, tot lots, games tables, a 30-tee golf driving range and a miniature golf course. The complex is billed as a project to aid residents in reinforcing values of family and community. The center will sponsor a volunteer group to teach golf lessons and youth employment programs to maintain the facility.

A state bond bill for $250,000 was approved for the project last year. The money provided yesterday constitutes the required matching local funds.

Officer ruled justified in man's fatal shooting

A Baltimore police officer has been found justified in his fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man six months ago at a drug abuse recovery center, clearing the way for his return to patrol duties.

Officer John Opitz, a 15-year veteran assigned to the Eastern District, has been on administrative duty since the shooting March 4 at the center in the 400 block of E. Lafayette Ave. that left a former resident, 36-year-old Eric Sketers, dead with the knife lying next to him.

Sketers had used the knife to attack another man there and was holding it when he was shot several times as he approached the officer, according to police. The department was notified in a letter from the state's attorney's office dated Monday that Opitz, 35, had been cleared of any wrongdoing, a spokesman said yesterday.

Man found shot to death in vehicle in Walbrook

City homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a Southeast Baltimore man whose body was found yesterday morning in his vehicle parked on a street in Walbrook.

Detective Frank Miller said the victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, was found by youths walking by about 11 a.m. -- his body slumped in the front passenger seat of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee parked in the 3300 block of Walbrook Ave.

Miller said it appeared the man had been shot once in the back of the head by someone sitting behind him and had been dead for nearly 12 hours. Anyone with information was asked to call Miller or Detective Randy Humes at 410- 396-2100.

Knights of Columbus deputy named parade grand marshal

Mayor Martin O'Malley announced yesterday that the grand marshal of this year's Columbus Day parade will be Romeo Gauthier, state deputy of the Maryland Council of the Knights of Columbus.

O'Malley made the announcement at a City Hall ceremony attended by former Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro III and Thomas Iacoboni, co-chairmen of the parade -- the nation's oldest consecutively held event.

The city's 111th Columbus Day parade begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at Key Highway and Covington Street, proceeds north on Light Street, east on Pratt Street and disbands in front of the Columbus Center. A wreath-laying ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Christopher Columbus statue on President Street. In Baltimore County

At first he didn't succeed, so bank robber tried again

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are seeking a man who tried unsuccessfully to rob a bank in Catonsville, but succeeded less than 20 minutes later at a Pikesville bank.

Police said the man entered the Chesapeake Bank branch in the 600 block of Frederick Road at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday and handed a teller a note demanding cash. When the teller refused, he left. Soon after, the man used the same tactic at an Allfirst branch in the 3700 block of Old Court Road. This time the clerk complied, police said.

Witnesses said the man was driving a faded red early 1990s Chevrolet pickup truck with 1-foot-wide white stripes on the sides. They gave a partial license plate number of 3448. Anyone with information on the incidents should call police at 410-887-2198.

Zoning chief limits use of Glyndon school's land

GLYNDON -- Baltimore County's zoning commissioner has ruled that a private school at the former Camp Glyndon in the 400 block of Central Ave. cannot use the back 24 acres of its land for an accessory use, such as a playing field.

Commissioner Lawrence E. Schmidt ruled last week that Beth Tfiloh's plans to add an elementary school, gymnasium and dining hall to the preschool and small synagogue must be confined to 18 acres in the front of the property, which have the necessary zoning.

The 24 acres at the back are zoned as a resource conservation area, a designation that does not allow a school. Residents had asked the county to limit development at the site because of concerns about traffic.

Dog event set Saturday to benefit Animal Rescue

COCKEYSVILLE -- Dog's Day in the Park, a benefit for Animal Rescue, a "no-kill" animal shelter, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Oregon Ridge Park on Shawan Road.

The event will feature activities for dogs and their owners. Information: 410-876-9879 or

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