In Baltimore City Broken main feared as reservoir...


April 10, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Broken main feared as reservoir level, water pressure drop

City public works crews were searching late last night for an apparent break in a major water main after a "very rapid drop" in the water level at Montebello Reservoir and calls reporting a drop in water pressure in Southeast Baltimore, Dundalk and Sparrows Point, a spokesman said.

"We had a very rapid drop in the water level at our reservoir at Montebello," said Kurt Kocher, spokesman for the Department of Public Works. "That indicates some kind of break."

The number of customers affected was not known, but Kocher said Bethlehem Steel Corp., miles from the reservoir, reported a drop in its water pressure from 70 pounds to 15 pounds.

Body of woman found in burning rowhouse

The body of a woman was found early yesterday in a burning, supposedly vacant house in the Mondawmin section of Northwest Baltimore, and police and fire officials were awaiting results of an autopsy to determine whether the blaze caused her death.

Fire Department spokeswoman Mary Lewis said firefighters found the body lying in an upper-floor bedroom of the two-story rowhouse in the 2400 block of Woodbrook Ave. shortly after 2 a.m. The woman appeared to be a transient, and evidence of heavy drug and alcohol use was found in the house, Lewis said.

Firefighter Albert Jarrett suffered a leg injury after stepping in a hole and was treated at the department infirmary, the spokeswoman said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Unidentified woman found dead in industrial area

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today on an unidentified woman whose partially clothed body was found early yesterday in an isolated section of a sprawling Southeast Baltimore industrial area.

Police said an employee of the Canton Industrial Area was walking in the 2200 block of Newkirk St., near Keith Avenue, shortly after 7 a.m., when he saw the woman's body.

Police said the body had possible signs of trauma, but they were awaiting a report from the state medical examiner's office. Anyone with information about the death is asked to call Detective Michael Hammel at 410-396-2100.

Woman is found dead in her Mondawmin home

The body of a 61-year-old woman was found yesterday afternoon covered with a rug at the bottom of a stairway leading to the basement of her home in the Mondawmin section of Northwest Baltimore, police reported.

A preliminary examination at the scene indicated severe head injuries; police said the woman had been dead at least three days. The victim's name was not divulged.

Homicide Sgt. Barry Grant said the woman was found in her home in the 2300 block of Reisterstown Road by Western District police officers investigating a nonfatal stabbing in a house in the 2500 block of Francis St., a few blocks away.

Terps basketball team to be honored at rally

The national championship University of Maryland Terrapins basketball team will be honored in Baltimore at noon tomorrow, with a "Big Red Rally" at City Hall Plaza.

The rally will include appearances by head coach Gary Williams and his coaching staff, in addition to the players. Their 64-52 victory over Indiana in Atlanta on April 1 brought Maryland its first NCAA basketball crown.

Players from Baltimore include senior Juan Dixon, who was named most valuable player in the "March Madness" tournament. An aunt, Sheila Dixon, is president of the City Council.

In Baltimore County

School system offers fair to fill special-ed positions

TIMONIUM - A special education recruitment fair sponsored by the Baltimore County Public Schools will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22.

Jobs include special education teachers, speech pathologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

The fair will be held at the Days Hotel Timonium Conference Center on Deereco Road.

CCBC board of trustees schedules meeting April 17

CATONSVILLE - The board of trustees of the Community College of Baltimore County will meet at 7:30 p.m. April 17 in the Technical Arts Building on the Catonsville campus, 800 S. Rolling Road.

Business pertaining to CCBC's three campuses at Essex, Dundalk and Catonsville will be discussed. Persons wishing to address the board must sign up by 7:15 p.m. and remarks will be limited to two minutes.

Information: 410-869-1222.

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