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January 24, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Police arrest man accused of ordering woman killed

An East Baltimore man suspected of ordering the death of a female neighbor who allegedly was competing with him in the marijuana trade has been arrested and charged in her death. The gunman, police said, was being sought yesterday.

Detective Gordon Carew said Donta J. Clowney, 28, of the 800 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. was arrested Tuesday near his home and charged with murder in the death of Erica Barnes, 26, of the same block. She was shot in the head as she cleaned snow from her sidewalk about 7:30 p.m. Saturday and died at the scene.

Carew said that Barnes had been selling marijuana from her home and that Clowney is accused of hiring a man to kill her. The killer's identity is not known.

"It was definitely a drug-related hit," Carew said. He said a quarter-pound of marijuana was seized during a raid Dec. 4 at Barnes' house.

Md. panel awards contract for Pratt library expansion

The state Board of Public Works approved spending $10.6 million yesterday to build a four-story addition to the central Enoch Pratt Free Library in downtown Baltimore.

Groundbreaking for the 51,000-square-foot building that will house the library's Maryland and African-American collections is expected this spring. The annex in the 100 block of W. Franklin St. is expected to be completed in 2004 and will connect with the main building.

The project is the first phase of a $48.5 million library expansion. The board awarded the contract for the first phase to Columbia-based Costello Construction of Maryland.

In Baltimore County

Delays expected along route of funeral for police officer

TIMONIUM -- Baltimore County police warn motorists to expect traffic delays tomorrow for the funeral of Sgt. Mark F. Parry.

The procession will begin at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, 141 N. Hickory Ave. in Bel Air after a 10:30 a.m. Mass. The procession will travel south on Interstate 95, beginning at Route 24, then west on the Baltimore Beltway. Cars will take Interstate 83 north to the Padonia Road exit. Parry will be buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road. Delays are expected to start about 12:30 p.m. and last two hours.

Parry, a 16-year police veteran, died Monday of injuries he suffered Dec. 27 when his unmarked patrol car was hit by a vehicle driven by a man accused of drunken driving.

New software for the blind will be demonstrated today

DUNDALK -- A demonstration of new computer software for the blind and visually impaired will be held at 3 p.m. today at the North Point library branch, 1716 Merritt Blvd.

The program will allow the visually impaired, people unable to handle a book or those with a reading disability to hear words spoken as they are typed or have a computer "voice" read from a book, letter or magazine. "Talking" computers also are available at the Catonsville, Pikesville and Towson libraries.

Volunteers sought to lead walks at nature center

STEVENSON -- Irvine Nature Center is seeking volunteers to lead maple sugar walks during the sugaring season next month.

The two-day training program will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Jan. 31. The training is free, and the program is open to anyone interested in nature and teaching children.

Information: 410-484-2413.

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