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EMTs to distribute drug treatment cards to overdose victims

Building on his "Baltimore Believe" campaign against drug addiction, Mayor Martin O'Malley announced yesterday a new information card that will be provided to overdose victims.

Emergency medical technicians will give out the blue-black-and-white "Believe in Yourself" business cards in the hopes that they will spur people to seek help and reduce overdose deaths. The cards list telephone numbers for drug and alcohol abuse treatment, with the stated assurance that all calls are confidential.

"In that first time they overdose, maybe their second or third time, there is a window of opportunity there where they can be scared straight," O'Malley said yesterday in front of a Baltimore Believe billboard at Howard and 26th streets. "There is a way out of drug addiction."

2 men indicted for killings; alleged admission recorded

Two men whose alleged admission to involvement in the killing of two brothers in March was recorded on an answering machine were indicted yesterday on charges of first-degree murder by a Baltimore grand jury.

Police say Shelly Wayne Martin, 24, of Randallstown and Willie E. Mitchell, also 24, of Gwynn Oak shot Anthony Wyche, 24, and Darryl Wyche, 29, and took their cell phone, among other property.

Detectives think the defendants accidentally pressed a button on the phone, dialing a relative of the victims. The relative wasn't home, so an answering machine recorded their conversation, which allegedly included a discussion of their participation in the killings.

Paramedic accused of theft suspended without pay

A veteran city paramedic has been suspended without pay pending a criminal and internal investigation into charges that he stole cash from a patient, officials said yesterday.

The paramedic, Robert Sharpe, 34, of Severn, was charged last month with theft and released on bail, court records show. Police said Sharpe and another paramedic responded to an accident about 6:15 a.m. March 31 at Beauford and West Garrison avenues, where they picked up a 20-year-old man.

At the hospital, the man discovered he was missing $1,590 from a front pants pocket. Authorities alleged that Sharpe tried to give his partner some of the money and put $500 in the partner's locker, but that the partner reported Sharpe's actions to supervisors and police.

Sharpe, who joined the Fire Department 12 years ago, has a trial date of May 24 in District Court.

Gas line rupture snarls traffic in northwest

Traffic was snarled for three hours and about 40 employees from a Maryland Transit Authority building were evacuated yesterday after a natural gas line ruptured in Northwest Baltimore.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. crews repaired the break, which happened about 5 p.m. in the 5800 block of Wabash Ave. when workers installing a fence struck an underground 4-inch gas line with machinery, said BGE spokeswoman Rose Kendig.

No injuries were reported, and police detoured traffic from the site. Kendig said that the line was repaired about 8 p.m. and that the break did not affect the Metro line that runs nearby.

Cathedral's restoration to be discussed at forum

Restoration plans for Baltimore's Basilica of the Assumption, the first Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States, will be the subject of a public forum at noon today at the Johns Hopkins University's Downtown Center, Charles and Fayette streets.

Albany, N.Y.-based architect John G. Waite will lead the discussion, which is sponsored by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation. Admission is free.

In Baltimore County

Development plan is topic of public hearing tomorrow

TOWSON - A public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow on a proposed one-year action plan for addressing community development issues in Baltimore County.

The plan was drafted by the county Office of Community Conservation and will be filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Written comments on the plan may be submitted through May 15.

The hearing is on the third floor of Drumcastle Center, 6401 York Road. Information: 410- 887-3317.

U.S. education official to visit Eastern Tech

ESSEX - Carol D'Amico, assistant secretary for vocational and adult education in the U.S. Department of Education, will visit Eastern Technical High School on Monday.

Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and other public officials and educators will join D'Amico, spending two hours touring the school and talking to students. Then they will participate in a forum with members of Eastern Tech's Leadership Team to discuss whether Eastern's programs can be adopted by other high schools across the nation.

Eastern Tech was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School in 1997 and a U.S. Department of Education New American High School in 1999.

Health department offers free hearing screenings

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Department of Health will offer free hearing screenings by licensed audiologists this month.

Screenings will be held Monday at Drumcastle Center, 6401 York Road, and May 31 at Eastern Family Resource Center, 9100 Franklin Square Drive in Essex, and Liberty Family Resource Center, 3525 Resource Drive in Randallstown.

Appointments are required. Information or appointments: 410-887-6443.

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