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April 11, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Water main break disrupts service for thousands

A huge break in a 6-foot water main running under the Patapsco River near the Key Bridge was blamed yesterday for a disruption to water pressure for thousands of city water system customers.

The break also caused a loss of 25 million gallons - roughly a tenth of the water the city system uses every day, officials said.

Public works engineers traced the break to the 25-year-old pipeline between Sollers Point and Hawkins Point, said Kurt L. Kocher, spokesman for the Department of Public Works. The area affected included about 250,000 households and businesses in East and Southeast Baltimore, Perry Hall to Sparrows Point in Baltimore County, and northern Anne Arundel County.

After several hours of engineering detective work, based on maps, instrument readings and calls from people reporting water problems, the problem was isolated, and water service was rerouted and restored by about 3 a.m., Kocher said.

Ravens lease agreement for training facility OK'd

Under an agreement approved yesterday, the Baltimore Ravens football team will pay $125,000 a year to rent a city-owned training facility in Owings Mills until a new one is built.

The city Board of Estimates voted 3-1, with Council President Sheila Dixon abstaining, to approve the agreement, which ends next year. Comptroller Joan M. Pratt voted against the deal, arguing that the team should pay the "fair market value" of $200,000 a year.

The Ravens used to lease the facility for $1 a year as part of an incentive relocation package. When the contract expired last April, the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority wanted it renewed under the same terms. Since then, the city has been negotiating the terms of the contract and rental price.

Boy, 2, reported missing turns up at mother's home

A 2-year-old boy reported missing more than a week ago turned up in apparent good health yesterday afternoon on the front porch of his mother's West Baltimore home, city police said.

Christopher Pierce was found about 3 p.m., sitting on the porch of the rowhouse in the 2100 block of Clifton Ave., and police took him to Johns Hopkins Hospital for a precautionary checkup. Detectives were trying to determine who brought the boy home, as well as who had taken him.

Dozens of police officers and FBI agents had been searching for Christopher since he was reported missing about 7 a.m. April 2, and on Monday the FBI announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the boy's return.

Man charged with trying to avoid taxes on estate

Federal authorities charged yesterday that a Baltimore man tried to avoid paying $2.9 million in taxes on his mother's estate by wiring more than $4 million to a Swiss bank account and then abruptly moving to the Bahamas.

Eric H. Heydemann, 41, was charged with tax evasion in a one-count criminal information filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Heydemann, who authorities said has returned from the Bahamas to answer the criminal charge, could be sentenced to up to five years in prison if found guilty and could be ordered to pay the back taxes, with interest.

Maija Heydemann, who operated the Baltimore Instrument Co., died in Australia in March 1996. Her son had been appointed to represent the estate, valued at more than $6 million. Instead, Eric Heydemann fired his estate attorney and then moved most of the money to a Swiss account, sold his Baltimore condominium at a loss and moved to the islands, according to court records.

Pennington Ave. stretch closed for bridge repairs

Drawbridge repairs will result in the closing of Pennington Avenue between Ordnance and Chemical roads from 10 a.m. today until 5 a.m. Monday, the city Office of Transportation announced.

Detours will be posted for northbound traffic on Pennington Avenue and Fort Smallwood Road, and for traffic southbound on Pennington, but the use of alternate routes for through traffic during the four-day closing is encouraged.

In Baltimore County

Bromwell executive bid less likely than Senate run

TOWSON - State Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell Jr. of Perry Hall, who many believed would be the front-runner if he entered the race for Baltimore County executive, said yesterday that he'll likely run for re-election instead.

The move opens the field for other potential east-side candidates, notably county Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder, a Fullerton Democrat, who would have been reluctant to challenge the senator.

The announced candidates are Republican Douglas B. Riley, a former councilman from Towson, and Democrat James T. Smith Jr., a former circuit judge from Reisterstown.

Bromwell, a Democrat, has not endorsed a candidate. "I'm keeping an open mind," he said.

Protecting waterways is subject of workshop

ESSEX - Training for people who want to help protect Baltimore County waterways from the damages of mud pollution will be held Saturday at the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex campus, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

The Mudbusters Workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room B-220 of the Business Building.

Information and registration: Brett Johnson, Save Our Streams, 410-766-7370.

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