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March 28, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

State approves $7.1 million in bonds for city housing

ANNAPOLIS -- The state Board of Public Works approved $7.1 million in state general obligation bonds yesterday to help finance an East Baltimore housing development that will replace the old Broadway Homes high-rise public housing complex.

The state money is part of a complex funding package that will transform the old Church Home and Hospital site at Broadway and Orleans Street into a mixed-income townhouse community of public housing residents, renters and homeowners.

When completed, the $54.4 million project, part of the city's Hope VI program, will have 84 public housing units, 46 private rental units, 31 units for sale, and five units that will be bought by Broadway Homes residents. Construction is expected to begin this year.

Baltimore man killed in Glen Burnie crash

GLEN BURNIE -- A Baltimore man was killed in Glen Burnie yesterday morning when he lost control of his car and it struck a tree, Anne Arundel County police said.

Jerome Theodore Croswell Sr., 68, of the 800 block of E. 33rd St. was southbound on Ritchie Highway near Aquahart Road about 8:30 a.m. when the Cadillac he was driving veered off the road and hit a tree, police said.

Croswell died a short time later at North Arundel Hospital, police said. Accident investigators said they think the man might have suffered from a medical condition that caused him to lose control of his car.

Children invited to make Easter baskets at event

The Department of Housing and Community Development has planned a free Create Your Own Easter Basket Celebration from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the 4th District Human Services Center, 1133 Pennsylvania Ave.

The party, sponsored in part by 100 Black Men Inc., promises basket decorations, an appearance by the Easter bunny, and games and prizes for elementary school-age children.

Information: 410-396-0893.

Registration deadline today for girls' outreach activities

Today is the registration deadline for "Wisdom, Unity, Power and Strength: For Sisters Only," a series of monthly activities for girls ages 13 to 17 sponsored by the city Department of Recreation and Parks.

The activities, which will start from noon to 4 p.m. April 4 at the Ralph J. Young Recreation Center, 2031 E. Fayette St., are part of the department's citywide outreach to young girls and will feature empowerment seminars and education, health and career workshops.

Those interested in registering for the free program should contact Jeannette Sykes at 410-396- 9229, between 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., or call 410-396-6694 for information.

In Baltimore County

Liquor store killing ruled self-defense

TOWSON -- County State's Attorney Sandra A. O'Connor said yesterday that she has completed a review of the fatal shooting of would-be robber Derrick Breedlove at a Dundalk liquor store March 13 and decided that no charge is warranted against the employee who fired the fatal shot.

O'Connor said a review of the police report and a security videotape from the store showed that Richard D. Kosinski, a store clerk, shot Breedlove in self-defense as the 17-year-old Dundalk High School football star held up Modern Discount Liquors at gunpoint.

A prosecutor from her office viewed the videotape at police headquarters in determining that the shooting was justified, O'Connor said. Two other teen-agers have been charged with helping Breedlove commit a string of liquor store holdups.

Board hires Ohio company to review school enrollment

TOWSON -- In what could be a precursor to widespread school boundary changes in northwestern Baltimore County, the county school board has hired an Ohio consulting company to conduct a comprehensive review of enrollment in those schools.

The board voted, without comment, Tuesday night to pay $35,000 to DeJong & Associates to examine severe crowding at New Town Elementary in Owings Mills, which opened in the fall, and nearby schools with empty seats. The company also is responsible for ensuring that New Town High School, under construction across the street, is not crowded when it opens next year.

DeJong & Associates has worked with the school board to project enrollments and help create boundaries.

Smoking materials cause of fatal Randallstown fire

RANDALLSTOWN -- Baltimore County fire officials said yesterday that discarded smoking materials started the house fire that killed a 55-year-old Randallstown woman Tuesday morning.

The blaze started in the master bedroom of the home in the 8400 block of Merrymount Drive. Officials said Saundra B. Johnson, 55, who was the only person in the house when the fire broke out, died of smoke inhalation.

Investigators estimated damage to the house and its contents at $35,000.

Lecture on memory loss is scheduled for Tuesday

TOWSON -- Dr. Paul McClelland, chairman of the psychiatry department at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, will discuss the difference between "normal" memory loss and dementia Tuesday at Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Ave.

McClelland's lecture at 5:45 p.m. is the latest in a series, "Caring for Yourself and Your Aging Relative," sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Aging. The event is free to the public.

Information: 410-887-2594.

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