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November 27, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Police officer found during strip club raid is fired from force

A Baltimore police lieutenant has been fired after a disciplinary board found him guilty of 38 misconduct charges stemming from his actions at an underground strip club.

Lt. John M. Mack, a 17-year veteran, was assigned to the Northwestern District on April 1 when police raided Ronnie's West Side Gallery in the 2100 block of W. Lanvale St. about 2 a.m. and found him there. Commissioner Edward T. Norris said Mack was "working in a whorehouse on duty."

A trial board found that Mack ordered a detective to change the official log book to show he was not scheduled to work during the early morning of April 1. He also left his police handgun behind the bar, out of his reach, the trial board found.

Mack's attorney could not be reached for comment.

Hospital to break ground for new emergency facility

Good Samaritan Hospital will hold a groundbreaking celebration at 10:30 a.m. today for a new emergency department to accommodate growing demand.

The hospital's emergency department opened in 1991 and has grown from 14,000 patients in its first year to about 36,000. The $12 million project, financed in part by a gift from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, is scheduled for completion in summer 2003.

It will triple the space of the treatment area, provide more cardiac treatment rooms, and include an area for 15 ambulances and a two-story parking garage. It also will add rooms for obstetrics and gynecology services, a pediatrics room and a "safe room" for psychiatric patients, the hospital said.

In Baltimore County

Groundbreaking is held for indoor soccer center

EDGEMERE -- Baltimore County officials broke ground yesterday for a $3.9 million Southeast Regional Recreation Center, the first county-owned free-standing indoor soccer facility.

The 23,000-square-foot center, which is being built at 4033 North Point Blvd., is expected to be ready in the spring.

"This is probably the ultimate `soccer mom' project," County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger said in a prepared statement. "It provides a much-needed place for kids to play sports, and also helps to reinvigorate one of our older communities."

Town meeting to discuss residential development

REISTERSTOWN -- The latest in a series of town meetings on suburban residential development in Baltimore County will be held tonight at Franklin High School, 12000 Reisterstown Road.

The meeting, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., will give residents of the northwestern part of the county a chance to give their opinions on the design of future neighborhoods.

Those opinions will help county officials draw up new design standards for residential development in the county.

Volunteers sought to staff hot line to counsel victims

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Department of Social Services needs volunteers for its 24-hour hot line aiding victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The department says it needs volunteers who are "responsible, energetic and empathetic" and are willing to make a one-year commitment. Volunteers will be trained.

Information: 410-853-3030.

Workshop for professionals on pain management planned

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Department of Aging will sponsor a workshop for professionals, "Helping Elderly Patients Manage Pain," from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St.

Speakers will include Maureen Carling, a registered nurse, and Dr. Nelson Hendler, clinical director of Mensana Clinic. The conference has been approved for continuing education credits for social workers and nursing home administrators. Information: 410-887-3423.

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