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March 19, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Gephardt to oversee Shot Tower, mansion restoration, reopening

Local museum veteran Alan E. Gephardt has been hired to oversee restoration and reopening of the Carroll Mansion and Shot Tower, a process expected to take several years.

For most of the 1990s, Gephardt, 45, worked part-time at the old City Life Museums, which included the two landmarks. Until recently he was administrator of Mount Clare Mansion.

"He has no learning curve," said Anne M. Pomykala, chairwoman of the board of directors of Carroll Museums Inc., a nonprofit group leasing the mansion and Shot Tower on downtown's eastern fringe for $1 a year.

Pomykala hopes to convert several rowhouses next to the Carroll Mansion into an 18-room bed-and-breakfast inn and put a restaurant and other uses in the cast iron-front Fava building behind the mansion, on Front Street.

Juveniles steal patrol car after officer left keys in it

A patrol car left with its keys in the ignition by a police officer in Northwest Baltimore proved a tempting target yesterday for three juveniles bent on a joyride.

Police said the youths took the cruiser on a ride in the city, abandoning it near some woods in Northeast Baltimore, where it was recovered about 20 minutes later. Three young suspects were arrested nearby and taken to the Northern District police station.

The incident started about 2:50 p.m. at Pimlico Road and Oswego Avenue when an officer -- a nine-year veteran -- jumped out of his car to help a supervisor calling for assistance in a nearby alley. "They saw it as an opportunity to take the car and did so," said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

Event to mark completion of complex for homeless

Volunteers of America Chesapeake plans a grand-opening ceremony at 10 a.m. today to celebrate the completion of Pratt House, a 35-unit transitional housing complex for homeless families with two or more children.

Pratt House, at 1701 W. Pratt St., will provide shelter for up to 24 months, in addition to life skills classes, counseling and case management services.

Before its $5.6 million conversion into apartments, the building was a school gymnasium. Information: 301-459-2020.

Community group to hold homebuying workshops

A free, two-part homebuying workshop will be held this evening and March 26 by the Sandtown-Winchester Community Development Corp.

The workshop -- from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day -- will be presented at the Gilmor Building, 1135 N. Gilmor St., and cover budgeting, understanding credit, mortgage financing, the role of the real estate agent and home inspections.

Registration: 410-462-1397.

In Baltimore County

Police looking for woman who was last seen March 9

DUNDALK -- Baltimore County police are searching for a Dundalk woman who was last seen March 9.

Police said Melody Bomgren, 24, of the first block of Admiral Blvd. suffers from depression and is suicidal. She was last seen driving a white 1989 Plymouth Voyager with Ohio tags CVM6642.

She is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches, 200 pounds with red hair. She was wearing a dark short-sleeved shirt and black pants. Anyone with information on Bomgren's whereabouts is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

City College Choirs to sing at school Saturday evening

ESSEX -- The City College Choirs will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Chesapeake High School, 1801 Turkey Point Road.

A $10 donation will be requested. Information: 410-780- 0146.

Pupils at Pleasant Plains to stage teacher's musical

KNETTISHALL -- Pupils at Pleasant Plains Elementary School will present the original musical, The Adventures of Dorothy in Oz, tomorrow through Saturday in the school auditorium.

The play was written by Keith Derrickson, a music teacher at Pleasant Plains, and is based on The Wizard of Oz. More than 110 pupils are involved in the production.

Tickets are $3 for Pleasant Plains pupils, $4 for others. Tickets will be available at the door or may be purchased by calling 410-887- 3549. The school is at 8300 Pleasant Plains Road.

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