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City/County Digest

May 23, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Graziano announces Chase Brexton grant at building ceremony

Chase Brexton Health Services, a nonprofit medical care organization that primarily serves the gay and lesbian community, dedicated a new building last night with a ceremony that included an appearance by city Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano, who in a highly publicized incident got drunk in a Fells Point bar and made anti-gay comments a year and a half ago.

Graziano, who received treatment for an alcohol problem after the incident in December 2000, announced a $400,000 community development block grant for Chase Brexton last night. He also spoke of his commitment to linking health care and housing issues in the city.

"This $400,000 grant is a concrete example of our commitment to this organization, which has a very, very important presence in our community," said Graziano, who also attended Mayor Martin O'Malley's gay and lesbian open house last night at City Hall. "You can't provide adequate health care for people if they don't have a decent place to live."

Chase Brexton's new building, at 10 W. Eager St., will provide the same medical services as its other two locations, which include family medicine, dental, mental health, support groups, HIV care and disease prevention. Chase Brexton began in 1978 in a church basement as the Gay Health Clinic for Venereal Diseases and has been expanding since.

Victim of fatal stabbing identified as 73-year-old

A man found stabbed to death in a high-rise public housing apartment early Tuesday has been identified as its 73-year-old occupant, city police said yesterday.

The body of Herbert Clifton Forrest was discovered after neighbors complained of a foul odor coming from his residence in the McCulloh Apartments at 501 Dolphin St., police said, adding that the state medical examiner's office had not determined how long he had been dead.

Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

Briefcase scare leads to intersection's closure

A briefcase left unattended at St. Paul and Centre streets prompted city police to close the busy downtown intersection for nearly two hours yesterday morning.

The briefcase was noticed about 8:45 a.m., and officers directed traffic away from the intersection. The bomb squad used a robot to fire a shotgun round into the briefcase, dismantling it, police said.

The briefcase did not contain any explosives, police said, and the streets reopened to traffic about 10:30 a.m.

In Baltimore County

Man killed, roommate injured in rowhouse fire

MIDDLE RIVER -- A man was killed and his female roommate injured in a leap from the second floor as a fire burned out a Middle River rowhouse late yesterday afternoon, the county Fire Department said.

The blaze in the first block of Cedar Drive, at the Oak Grove apartments, was reported just before 5 p.m. County firefighters found the man's badly burned body on a couch on the ground floor of the two-story dwelling. The woman, who leaped to the pavement, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Their names were not divulged.

Fire inspectors were searching last night for clues as to the cause of the blaze.

Baltimore man accused in home-invasion robbery

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are searching for a Baltimore man suspected in a home-invasion robbery in Perry Hall.

Joe Frank Stokes Jr., 29, whose last known address was the 600 block of N. Fulton Ave. in Reservoir Hill, has been charged in a warrant with armed robbery, first-degree assault and using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Police said that Stokes, who also goes by the name Miles Blaquewell, is accused of forcing his way into a house in the 2800 block of Kings Ridge Road, beating the occupant with a pipe May 14 and demanding money before he left. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Unidentified body found on highway in Essex

ESSEX -- The body of an unidentified man was found last night, lying on the shoulder of a highway in Essex, county police reported.

A passer-by noticed the body along U.S. 40, just west of Middle River Road, about 11:15 p.m. and alerted the police.

It was not known last night how or when the man had died, or his identity.

2 blood drives tomorrow at Towson, Security malls

TOWSON -- With blood inventories dropping significantly in recent days, the Red Cross has scheduled blood drives tomorrow at two Baltimore County malls.

One drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. outside Nordstrom's at Towson Town Center. The other will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Sears store at Security Square Mall in Woodlawn.

Both drives are open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome. Information or to schedule an appointment: 800-448-3543.

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