In Baltimore City Man, 19, awarded $2.16 million in...


November 07, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man, 19, awarded $2.16 million in lead poisoning case

A 19-year-old Baltimore man who suffered lead poisoning as a child was awarded $2.16 million in damages this week, among the largest verdicts ever in a city lead paint case.

As an infant and toddler in the early 1980s, Kendall Baker lived in two East Baltimore houses where his blood lead levels rose to four times the level now considered safe by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said his lawyer, Harvey S. Wasserman.

As a result, Baker has language and cognitive problems. He dropped out of high school and works as a gravedigger, making $7.50 an hour, Wasserman said.

Just before the trial began, the landlords of Baker's first residence, Chase Realty and Lawrence Polakoff, settled for $290,000, Wasserman said. Investment Realty Specialists, the landlord for the second house, lost at trial.

Fire causes heavy damage at former Tulkoff store

A two-alarm fire late last night heavily damaged the interior and roof of the former Tulkoff horseradish store and warehouse near the city's historic Corned Beef Row.

Capt. Donald Wilson, a Fire Department investigator, said the vacant two-story cinderblock building in the first block of S. Exeter St., just north of the old Lombard Street business strip famed for its delicatessens, was often used by squatters. Since the Tulkoff company had moved years ago to South Conkling Street, the 100-foot-by-60-foot building has been without heat and electricity.

Wilson said a corrugated steel under-roof kept much of the fire confined to the interior of the building until firefighters using metal-cutting saws broke through. No injuries were reported, and the cause remained under investigation early today.

Columbia Law graduate wins Murnaghan award

Lewis S. Yelin, a graduate of Columbia Law School and a former teaching assistant at Brown University, has been awarded a fellowship created this year in memory of U.S. Circuit Judge Francis D. Murnaghan Jr.

Yelin, a resident of Baltimore, will work with lawyers from the Public Justice Center's Appellate Advocacy Project, a civil rights program. The award is to be formally announced at a reception at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Peabody Library in Mount Vernon.

Murnaghan, a federal appeals judge from Baltimore who died last year, was known as an advocate for free speech, the rights of criminal defendants and the poor. The one-year fellowship was established in his honor by his former law clerks, his family and friends.

Hours are extended at trash disposal sites

The city Department of Works has announced extended hours at five of its solid-waste disposal facilities, to make it more convenient for city residents to drop off trash.

Operating hours are now 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday for the sanitation yards located at 6100 Quarantine Road, 5030 Reisterstown Road, 701 Reedbird Ave., 6101 Bowleys Lane, and 2840 Sisson St. They formerly had closed at 2 p.m.

Proof of city residency is required for the free trash-disposal service. For information, call the department at 410-396-8450.

In Baltimore County

Pikesville High principal named `Person of the Year'

PIKESVILLE -- Dorothy E. Hardin, principal of Pikesville High School, has been named "Person of the Year" by Pikesville Chamber of Commerce.

Hardin received the award Sunday at the chamber's annual event. The award recognizes her commitment to excellence in education and her support for the community.

Hardin is in her fifth year as Pikesville High's principal.

Governor appoints widow to replace husband as judge

TOWSON -- Gov. Parris N. Glendening named yesterday Gloria Butta, widow of Baltimore County Orphans' Court Judge Salvatore N. Butta, to replace her husband, who died last month.

Gloria Butta is an interim appointee who will be eligible to seek a full four-year term in the November 2002 election.

She is a former assistant supervisor in the Baltimore County Circuit Court clerk's office. Orphans' Court judges, who do not have to be lawyers, rule on disputes over estates and wills.

African-American genealogy is topic of class at library

WOODLAWN -- An introductory class on African-American genealogy will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Woodlawn library, 1811 Woodlawn Drive.

Specialists from Enoch Pratt Free Library will offer advice on researching family trees.

Free tickets and information: 410-887-1337.

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