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April 09, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Mice have nibbled on marijuana stored as evidence by police

Mice apparently have nibbled their way through about 120 bags of marijuana stored in the evidence control vault at Baltimore's police headquarters, department officials confirmed yesterday.

The mice may have been driven into the vault by recent construction work in the building, police officials said, adding that criminal cases likely will not be affected because the marijuana had been analyzed by crime lab technicians.

To combat the problem, which was first reported by WBFF-TV on Friday, police hired an exterminator and are looking into storing drugs in plastic containers, rather than cardboard.

The mice, which entered underneath the vault's door and then through ceiling tiles, seem to have an affinity for marijuana rather than other drugs, police officials said.

Hearing set on raising water, sewer rates

The city Board of Estimates will hold a public hearing on a proposed water and sewer rate increase as part of its meeting that begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow on the second floor of City Hall.

The Department of Public Works presented a request to increase city water and sewer rates to the board March 6. The proposal calls for a 16 percent increase in water rates and a 10 percent increase in sewer rates.

If approved, the higher rates would take effect Thursday.

FBI announces reward in case of missing boy, 2

The FBI announced a $10,000 reward yesterday for information leading to the return of a 2-year-old boy who was reported missing early last week from his West Baltimore home.

FBI officials said they were canvassing the neighborhood with city police and chasing leads in the disappearance of Christopher Pierce, who was last reported seen by relatives about 7 a.m. April 2.

"We don't have any leads at the present time that we can talk about, but hopefully we will find this boy soon," said Special Agent Peter A. Gulotta Jr., an agency spokesman. Anyone with information about Christopher is urged to call city police at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

Former principal to lead discussion on Holocaust

PIKESVILLE -- The Black/Jewish Forum of Baltimore is sponsoring a free lecture and panel discussion, "Facing History: Holocaust Education at Sudbrook Middle School," given by Donna Flynn, the former school principal, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 4300 Bedford Road.

The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Information: 410-951-4199.

Police cadet testing for students set today

WOODLAWN -- Testing will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Woodlawn High School for county high school students interested in becoming police cadets upon graduation. Another testing session is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. April 16 at Eastern Technical High School.

Students must be at least age 18 and will undergo a background check, including fingerprinting. Cadets receive a starting annual salary of $20,674, and work in traffic enforcement, undercover operations and precinct desk jobs.

At age 21, cadets are eligible to apply to the county police academy for training to become police officers. For more information, students may contact their school resource officer or call the police recruitment office at 410-887-5542.

Meeting to discuss study of Joppa Road corridor

PARKVILLE -- In an effort to address traffic, zoning, development and other concerns, County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, the Greater Parkville Community Council and the Carney Improvement Association are sponsoring a public meeting to begin a new study of the East Joppa Road corridor.

The study focuses on an area about two blocks north and south of Joppa Road from Belair Road to Old Harford Road.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. April 25 at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 9833 Harford Road. Information: 410-887-3384.

Four officers, resident will be honored tonight

HUNT VALLEY -- The Baltimore County Police Foundation will hold its annual awards dinner tonight at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, honoring four county officers and a citizen.

Officer Edward W. Mikula of the North Point Precinct will receive the Community Service Award. The Crime Prevention Award will be given to Officer Lisa Stratemeyer of the North Point Precinct.

The Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award will be given to John R. Worden of Reisterstown, who created training for officers to find missing children. The Exceptional Police Performance Award will be given to Officer Steven C. Price of the Fullerton/White Marsh Precinct. And the Valor Award will be given to Officer Matthew S. Paul of the Essex Precinct.

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