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November 14, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Police officer charged with conspiring to deal drug Ecstasy

A city police officer assigned to the Southern District station was arrested yesterday afternoon on a federal warrant charging him with conspiracy to distribute Ecstasy, a drug popularized at "rave parties" attended by young people but now often used by street addicts, the police department announced.

Arrested about 4 p.m. at the station by city police and agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Drug Enforcement Administration was Donald R. Jones, 33, a member of the force since Aug. 2, 1989, said Ragina Averella, city police spokeswoman.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's City/County Digest about Baltimore's 224th homicide this year, which occured Tuesday, incorrectly stated the homicide death toll as of the same date last year. The number on the same date last year was 236, according to the city police.
The Sun regrets the error.

The arrest followed a lengthy investigation by the Police Department's internal affairs division, Averella said. Jones was being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center pending a bail hearing last night.

Forest Park man found fatally shot near his home

A 31-year-old man was found fatally shot yesterday afternoon a few blocks from his Forest Park home, and police said they had discovered no motive or suspect in the homicide.

Homicide Detective Ray Hunter said the body of Daniel Smith was found by Northwestern District police officers investigating a report of several shots fired in the 2500 block of Elsinore Ave. about 12:10 p.m. Smith, a resident of the 3800 block of Fairview Ave., was lying on the ground next to a three-story apartment house. He had been shot several times and was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

The killing was the city's 224th this year, compared with 234 at the same time last year, said Agent Martin Bartness, a police spokesman. Anyone with information about Smith's killing is urged to call Hunter or Detective Corey Alston at 410-396-2100.

Funding bill for garage needs change, solicitor says

A bill authorizing the city to spend $3 million in state funds on a downtown garage must be rewritten to comply with the City Charter, the city solicitor said yesterday.

Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr. said the bill, which lays the groundwork for the construction of the 13-story garage at 210 St. Paul Place, was drafted under the wrong provision of the charter governing spending. "We're in the midst of correcting it as we speak," he said.

The garage to be constructed is part of an incentive package to keep downtown the business operations of CitiFinancial Corp., which has been implicated in a predatory lending case. On Monday night, the measure passed the City Council, 12-6. The bill will likely come back before the council with amendments, Zollicoffer said.

Meeting today to focus on development process

The role of professional planners in Baltimore's development process will be the topic of a forum at noon today at the Johns Hopkins University's Downtown Center, Charles and Fayette streets.

Planners Matt Bell and Alfred W. Barry III, and City Councilman John L. Cain, a Southeast Baltimore Democrat, will lead a discussion on the process and how it can be improved.

Sponsored by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, the forum is free and open to the public. It is the last in a series of public meetings on the design and planning process in the city.

Greektown group begins Citizens on Patrol

The Greektown Community Development Corp. (GCDC) will launch its Citizens on Patrol program at 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Southeastern District police station, 5710 Eastern Ave.

Retired police Col. John E. Gavrilis, director of GCDC, and Officer Nick Louloudis will conduct training for prospective participants at the session. The volunteer neighborhood patrol program also includes monitoring images in the police station from television surveillance cameras mounted in the nearby business district.

Anyone interested in participating is asked to call the GCDC office at 410-327-3306.

In Baltimore County

Schools win grant to boost students' history education

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County school system is expected to announce tomorrow a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve student achievement in American history.

The schools will work with the Center for History Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. For the next three years, 45 elementary, middle and high school teachers per year will attend workshops and summer institutes to refine their history teaching skills.

Baltimore County is one of 60 school systems nationwide to receive the grant.

`Flowers for Algernon' staged at Cardinal Gibbons

CATONSVILLE -- The Mount de Sales Academy Players and Cardinal Gibbons School will present David Rogers' Flowers for Algernon tomorrow through Sunday.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens, and may be purchased at the door.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. All performances will be at Cardinal Gibbons School, at Caton and Wilkens avenues. Information: John Fritz at 410-744-8598, Ext. 514.

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