In Baltimore City 26 truant students caught

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March 14, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

26 truant students caught; burglaries in Northeast decrease

In a sweep of Northeast Baltimore yesterday, city police caught 21 students from Northern High School and five from Lake Clifton-Eastern High School playing hooky.

About 40 officers took part in the sweep, and took the students to their schools, said Lt. Frederick V. Roussey of the Northeastern District.

Roussey said 24 of the students were age 16 or younger and were charged with violating a city curfew law preventing them from being outside school or home between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Their parents could be fined $75.

Police have conducted several similar sweeps in recent months after a spate of burglaries near Northern High was attributed to truant students. In recent weeks, the number of burglaries has dropped near Northern, Roussey said. Police generally receive reports of 15 to 20 burglaries in the affected area in a month. But in the past four weeks, residents reported four, Roussey said.

3 saved from blaze caused by child playing with fire

A child playing with matches caused a fire that forced the rescue of three people yesterday from the second floor of a garden-style apartment building in West Baltimore, fire officials said.

The fire broke out about 5 p.m. in the 400 block of S. Beechfield Ave., at Caral Garden Apartments in Beechfield. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke billowing from the second floor where three people were trapped. Firefighters used ladders to rescue the occupants, who were treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation.

The fire was confined to a bedroom of an apartment on the ground floor where it started. City housing officials were helping families find temporary shelter last night.

Board of Estimates OKs $50,000 for store financing

The Board of Estimates approved yesterday a $50,000 grant needed to support the financing of a full-service grocery store in Cherry Hill.

The money is part of a complex funding package that includes at least $700,000 in grants and loans from city, state and private sources.

The 16,000-square-foot market has been vacant since the Super Pride chain went out of business in September 2000. It is expected to reopen in the summer as Integrity Foods.

In Baltimore County

Award nominations sought for Good Neighbor Week

TOWSON -- Baltimore County is seeking nominations for the seventh annual Good Neighbor Week awards, which will be presented May 16.

The program has two categories. The Bridge Builder Award recognizes community groups, businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals who promote racial and religious harmony. The Volunteer Service Award is given to a group or individual whose service has helped neighbors or strengthened communities.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Jay Doyle of the county Office of Community Conservation at 410-887-2483, or by going to the county Web site, Deadline for nominations is March 22.

Arts, sciences commission offers funds to organizations

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences is offering grants to arts and science organizations in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Applications must be submitted by May 3. Information or application: 410-887-5372.

Library schedules program on researching genealogy

WOODLAWN -- The Woodlawn library, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, will hold a free program on researching African-American genealogy at 7 p.m. Monday.

Instructors will include Chris Haley of the Maryland State Archives and Eva Slezak of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Information and reservations: 410-887-1336.

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