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October 09, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

One man arrested, 2 sought after woman alleges abduction, theft

One man was in custody and two others were being sought by city police in the reported abduction at gunpoint of a woman who was taken from her home to the check-cashing business where she works and allegedly forced to give the men its money.

Police said Kimberly Johnson, 32, a clerk at Check Mart in the first block of W. North Ave., was awakened in her East Baltimore home at 7 a.m. yesterday by three men, and taken away after her children - ages 5, 10 and 12 - were ordered into a second bedroom.

At the company, two men waited outside in a car while a gunman forced Johnson inside and stole cash, police said.

The 12-year-old - who had been bound - freed herself and called police. Officers arrested a 28-year-old man, while two others got away, police said. Johnson was not injured, and the incident was under investigation last night, police said.

Peabody concert Thursday to honor victims of Sept. 11

Students and faculty of Peabody Institute have scheduled a free concert at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church to honor those killed by terrorist attacks Sept. 11.

A 30-piece orchestra and 50-member choir will perform Mozart's Requiem at the church at Charles and Saratoga streets. The event will feature faculty soloists John Shirley-Quirk and Deidre Palmour.

All participants are volunteering their time. Donations to the Red Cross may be made at the event.

Saving historic buildings topic of downtown forum

Preserving historic buildings in Baltimore will be the subject of a forum at noon tomorrow at the Johns Hopkins University's Downtown Center, Charles and Fayette Streets.

Speakers will include John Maclay, of Baltimore Heritage, a local preservation advocacy group; Bill Pencek, of the Maryland Historical Trust, a state agency, and Kathleen Kotarba, staff director for Baltimore's Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation. Their discussion will focus on the prospect of strengthening Baltimore's existing preservation ordinance and the review process for authorizing city building demolition.

Sponsored by the Baltimore Architectural Foundation, the forum is free and open to the public.

In Baltimore County

Hawthorne pupils to be split between 2 sites

MIDDLE RIVER - Hawthorne Elementary School's approximately 550 pupils will be split between Middlesex Elementary, which is one mile away, and Battle Grove Elementary, which is eight miles away, when they return to classes next week.

Hawthorne will be closed until December, while workers finish a $2.6 million renovation project. Classes have been canceled since Oct. 1, after asbestos fibers were accidentally released into the air during construction work. Officials are deciding how the pupils will be divided and how bus routes will be drawn.

A parent information meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. today at Middlesex, 142 Bennett Road.

Dundalk residents can offer suggestions for development

DUNDALK - A public forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 for Dundalk residents to offer suggestions to design and planning professionals who will develop a strategy for growth and development.

The forum will be held in the lecture hall at the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County. A second forum is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 3.

The Urban Design Assistance Team will be in Dundalk from Nov. 1 to 7 and is expected to produce a community design strategy. The Baltimore County Office of Community Conservation has applied for a $5 million Maryland Community Legacy Grant to help implement the team's recommendations. Information: Jay Doyle, 410- 887-3317.

Firefighters union giving safety information to pupils

TOWSON - As part of Fire Prevention Week through Friday, Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 1311 has bought and distributed plastic fire helmets, fire safety coloring books and other safety information for children in Baltimore County public schools.

Information: 410-683-1311.

Foster parent, adoption focus of meeting Thursday

RANDALLSTOWN - The Department of Social Services will hold an informational meeting Thursday for people who want to know more about being foster parents or adoption.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at Liberty Family Resource Center, 3525 Resource Drive. Information: 410-853-3170.

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