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May 29, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Minister seeks delegate's seat in 43rd District

The Rev. John A. Heath, a former aide to two Democratic state senators and a Democratic congressman, announced yesterday he will run as a Republican for delegate in the 43rd District.

Heath, 33, is senior pastor at the House of Mercy on York Road in the city and community affairs liaison for Coppin State College. Heath has worked for Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, state Sen. Clarence M. Mitchell IV and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

Heath's announcement in the city's Pen Lucy neighborhood was accompanied by endorsements from Mitchell and Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the expected Republican nominee for governor.

Ehrlich's endorsement of the African-American minister is part of his effort to reach out to Maryland's minority communities. The 43rd District includes Northeast Baltimore and portions of Baltimore County south of Towson.

City to consider rent deal with stadium developers

Baltimore's Board of Estimates will consider a $1-a-year rent deal today that would allow developers to start turning the old Memorial Stadium site into a retirement community.

The board is expected to act on the lease and a land disposition agreement, which will give the developers of Stadium Place access to the 29.5-acre parcel.

"It's a very significant step ... which will allow Stadium Place immediate access to develop the property and have site control," said Comptroller Joan M. Pratt.

Groundbreaking for the 430-unit project, which will include senior housing and a YMCA, is expected to take place in July. The project could take up to 10 years to develop. Stadium Place is being developed by a nonprofit group headed by the Govans Ecumenical Development Corp. of Baltimore.

In Baltimore County

Home-invasion robbery suspect surrenders

WOODLAWN -- A Baltimore man wanted in a home-invasion robbery May 14 in Perry Hall surrendered to Baltimore County police yesterday.

Joe Frank Stokes Jr., 29, whose last known address was in the 600 block of N. Fulton Ave. in Reservoir Hill, is charged in a warrant with armed robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime. He is being held at the Woodlawn Precinct, where he surrendered, on $100,000 bail.

Police said Stokes is accused of forcing his way into a house in the 2800 block of Kings Ridge Road, beating the occupant with a pipe and demanding money before he left.

Man who robbed bank in Carney is sought

CARNEY -- Baltimore County police are seeking a man who robbed a branch of Allfirst Bank on Thursday afternoon.

Police say the man walked into the bank in the 8800 block of Waltham Woods Road just before 1 p.m., put a note demanding money on the counter, then repeated the demand to a teller. The teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, and he left.

The robber was described as white, 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and having a medium build. Police say he was wearing a red nylon cap, a gray, long-sleeve hooded sweat shirt with "AVIRIX" on the front and wire-framed sunglasses with rose-colored lenses. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Oakleigh pupils to mark finishing reading program

PARKVILLE -- Oakleigh Elementary School is holding a ceremony at 2 p.m. today to celebrate the culmination of the school's successful "Read Across America" program.

The goal was to read 10,000 books by the end of the school year. The students did that by March, and ultimately completed 13,000 books. Each time pupils finished 200 books, they moved to the next state, and the state's flag was hung in the school hallway. All 50 states are represented.

Pupils and staff will gather outside the school this afternoon holding flags donated by the American Legion and sing patriotic songs.

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