In Baltimore City Four men killed in three shootings...


January 18, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Four men killed in three shootings; homicide toll at 13

Three separate shootings Wednesday night and early yesterday left four men dead and pushed Baltimore's homicide toll to 13 in 17 days, police said.

About 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Taharka McCoy, 25, of the 800 block of Homestead St. was shot twice in the upper chest while standing in the 1200 block of Peachleaf Court in East Baltimore, police said. McCoy died about 5:30 a.m. yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Later Wednesday, two men were shot about 9:45 p.m. while sitting in a car in the 1300 block of Kitmore Road in Northeast Baltimore. Dawnta Daney, 18, of the 1200 block of Winston Ave. died in an ambulance, police said. Christopher Hebbons, 22, of the 1300 block of Kitmore Road died at Johns Hopkins Hospital about 7 a.m. yesterday, police said.

The third shooting occurred about 12:15 a.m. yesterday in the 2800 block of Winchester St. in West Baltimore. Larry L. Sydnor was found dead on a basketball court behind his house, police said.

Recycling changes to help fight illegal dumping

In an effort to clean the city's alleys and lots, the Department of Public Works announced major changes this week to the residential recycling program.

Effective Jan. 28, blue-bag items such as glass jars, bottles and aluminum and steel cans will be collected citywide the second and fourth Monday of each month. Recyclables will be picked up only from the front of residences rather than the rear. Residents are advised to check the 2002 recycling schedules that will arrive at households by Jan. 25 because recycling days for blue bags and paper might change.

Public works officials said the changes would enable 60 workers to address illegal dumping. Information: 410-396-5916.

Two N. Baltimore streets to close for bridge project

Parts of Northern Parkway and Roland Avenue will be closed during the weekend for installation of two footbridges to connect three private schools in North Baltimore.

While the bridges are hoisted into place, Northern Parkway will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday from Charles Street to Roland Avenue. On Sunday, Roland Avenue between Northern Parkway and Deepdene Road will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., weather permitting.

The $3 million project is an effort of three schools - Roland Park Country, Bryn Mawr and Gilman - to improve student safety by linking the campuses so students can travel between the schools without crossing major intersections. Motorists in the Roland Park area are encouraged to use alternate routes throughout the weekend.

Celebration of King's work to be performed Monday

Center Stage's Encounter Program, 40 high school students and four community groups, will present a celebration of the work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the theater, 700 N. Calvert St.

A Collective Cry for Peace will include music, an open microphone session and a discussion. The program, which includes breakfast, is intended for those age 12 and older. Admission is free, although donations are encouraged. Reservations: 410-685-3200, Ext. 364.

Community organization to `roast' Elijah Cummings

Druid Heights Community Development Corp. will hold a "roast" of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, 7th District Democrat, at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St.

Local, national and corporate representatives, politicians and media personalities will recount personal stories about the congressman.

The black-tie affair, which includes cocktails, dinner and dancing, will benefit the organization's Youth Development Services Programs, which promote educational excellence, tolerance, sportsmanship and healthy living for children ages 7 to 18. Tickets are $175. Information: 410-523-1350.

In Baltimore County

Reward offered for leads in Halloween shooting

TOWSON - Comcast Corp. and Metro Crime Stoppers are offering a $12,000 reward for information about a Halloween shooting.

The shooting occurred about 9:40 p.m. in the 8800 block of Belair Road while a 45-year-old Comcast employee was withdrawing money from an automated teller machine at a First Union Bank branch. Two people robbed him at gunpoint and shot him in the face. The victim survived the shooting, Baltimore County police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 410-887-2198 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Environmentalists to discuss issues in General Assembly

PIKESVILLE - Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a statewide coalition of environmental groups, will hold a public forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Pikesville library, 1301 Reisterstown Road.

Environmental leaders will discuss legislative issues for the 2002 session, including enforcing environmental laws; protecting coastal bays and critical areas; water conservation; misuse of toxins and pesticides; and protecting state wildlife.

Information: Richard Klein, 410-654-3021.

Catonsville High art teacher is honored by national group

CATONSVILLE - A Catonsville High School teacher has been selected National Art Honor Society Sponsor of the Year by the National Art Education Association.

Marilyn Feit, chairwoman of the art department at Catonsville High and sponsor of the school's art honor society, will receive the award at the NAEA's national convention in Miami Beach, Fla., in March.

NAEA members include art teachers of all levels from 50 states, representatives from major art museums, state departments of education, arts councils and major colleges and universities.

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