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January 23, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Funeral services set for officer killed in crash

TOWSON - Funeral arrangements for Baltimore County police Sgt. Mark F. Parry, who died Monday of injuries suffered when his patrol car was hit Dec. 27 by a man accused of driving drunk, were announced yesterday.

Sergeant Parry, 42, was a Bel Air resident and father of three. He was a 16-year veteran of the department, and the seventh in its 128-year history to be killed while on duty.

Viewings and services will be in Bel Air, with visiting hours of 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Schimunek Funeral Home, 610 MacPhail Road, and a Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 N. Hickory Ave.

Burial will be in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium.

1904 Baltimore Fire tours scheduled for two Sundays

LUTHERVILLE - The Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, will hold Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 tours Feb. 3 and 10.

The tours, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., will begin and end at the museum. Each includes lectures, a visit to the Baltimore Equitable Society building in Baltimore, a walking tour in the city, refreshments and a question-and-answer session.

The cost is $35 and $30 for museum members. Information or reservations: 410-321-7500.

Program provides havens for pets of abuse victims

TOWSON - People who want to leave a violent home will be able to protect their pets in a new program called "Safe Home, Safe Pets."

The program is offered by the nonprofit TurnAround Inc., which provides services for victims of domestic violence. It will place all types of pets in safe locations until their owners leave a shelter and get settled.

TurnAround Inc. developed the program with the Humane Society of Baltimore County, the Snyder Foundation for Animals and the Baltimore County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. The group hopes to aid victims who delay seeking help for fear that their pets will be harmed. Information: 410-377-8111 or 410-828-6390.

Free firearm safety course is offered by sheriff's office

TOWSON - A free, two-hour firearm safety course, required as of Jan. 1 for all Maryland residents who wish to purchase a gun, will be offered by the Baltimore County sheriff's office at 7 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday at 401 Bosley Ave. in Towson.

The course, developed under the guidelines of the Maryland Police Training Commission, will include instruction on filling out gun registration forms and a safety video. Participants are not tested and at the end of the course receive a safety card that is good for life.

Class registration is required at least 10 days in advance by calling the sheriff's office, 410-887-3151.

In Baltimore City

Suit alleges housing agency is biased against disabled

The Maryland Disability Law Center filed a lawsuit yesterday in federal court charging that Baltimore's public housing department discriminates against disabled tenants by not properly equipping homes and not telling them about available housing, according to the plaintiffs' attorney.

The attorney, Susan L. Burke, said that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has been telling the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for years to fix its services to the disabled. One of the plaintiffs maintains that HABC has not made meaningful changes to her home - or moved her - since she became ill and required a wheelchair, Burke said.

Kevin Brown, a spokesman for the housing agency, said he needed to look into the case before commenting.

Prince George's candidate has downtown fund-raiser

Major F. Riddick, Gov. Parris N. Glendening's former chief of staff, held a fund-raiser last night in Baltimore in his quest to be the next Prince George's County executive.

About 50 people attended the event at the Power Plant Live near the Inner Harbor. Tickets were $500 and $1,000. Several Baltimore-area developers were hosts, including David Cordish, Otis Warren, Theo Rogers, Ron Lipscomb and Steve Birch.

Riddick, a Democrat, said the event was important because he believes the city and the county should have a good relationship. The jurisdictions share many of the same issues and concerns, he said.

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