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3 men are shot to death in Southeast Baltimore

Three men, all in their 20s, were gunned down and killed early today as they stood on a street at the edge of the O'Donnell Heights section of Southeast Baltimore.

The victims' names were not available and a motive for the triple slaying was not immediately known, nor was the number of assailants known.

Police said the men were standing outside in the 1300 block of Bonsal Street near the intersection of Boston and Toone streets shortly before midnight when each man was shot at least once in the head. Police said all three were pronounced dead at the scene.

Due to the number of victims, extra homicide detectives were investigating the killings, which bring to at least 10 the number of slayings in the city so far this month.

Police identify man found dead in empty house

Police identified yesterday the man found fatally shot Wednesday in a vacant house in East Baltimore as Larnell Burrus, 24, of the 4400 block of Bowleys Lane.

Burrus was found about 8 a.m. Wednesday lying in a second-floor bedroom of a house in the 1600 block of E. Oliver St. by officers responding to a report of a body. Police said Burrus had been shot multiple times in the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrest has been made.

Police said residents had reported gunshots about 3 a.m., but Eastern District officers were unable to locate the source of the shots or a victim. "It was one of those phones calls where the caller did not provide police with a specific location," said Detective Vernon Parker.

Parks department to hold sports festival for kids

The Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks' sports festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31, at "Du" Burns Arena, 1301 S. Ellwood Ave.

Children ages 5 to 13 can test their abilities in sports from football, tennis and basketball to soccer, lacrosse, martial arts, bowling, golf and hockey. Flying-disc target shooting, trampoline games and a water slide also will be featured.

A $3 entrance fee will be collected. Information: Bryan Fraser or Michael Woodard, 410- 396-4202.

North Point Road to close for conduit work tonight

Part of North Point Road, from North Point Boulevard to Pulaski Highway, will close from 7 p.m. today until 3 a.m. tomorrow for conduit work.

Westbound Pulaski Highway traffic headed for North Point Road south will detour west on Pulaski Highway, then south (left) on Erdman Avenue to North Point Boulevard.

Northbound North Point Boulevard motorists heading for North Point Road and Pulaski Highway will detour west on Erdman Avenue, then north (right) on Mapleton Place to Pulaski Highway.

In Baltimore County

Humane Society offers orientation for volunteers

REISTERSTOWN - The Humane Society of Baltimore County is seeking volunteers age 18 or older to help with tasks including dog-walking, adoption processing and animal feeding. Volunteers must attend a two-hour orientation session.

The next session will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow in the Windswept Building, 1601 Nicodemus Road in Reisterstown.

Information: Frank Branchini, 410-833-2387.

Roadwork begins today; 1-month closing expected

TOWSON -- Baltimore County will close portions of Providence Road and Cowpens Avenue for a month starting today to install a traffic signal, widen lanes and construct storm drains.

The closing will be where the two roads intersect, north of the Baltimore Beltway. Providence Road traffic will be detoured to Seminary Avenue, Dulaney Valley Road and Hampton Lane. Cowpens Avenue traffic will be rerouted to Cromwell Bridge and Providence roads.

County officials estimate the cost of the project at $800,000.

School board will hold open session tomorrow

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County school board will meet in open session at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at school system headquarters, 6901 Charles St.

The meeting will be preceded by a closed session, beginning at 5 p.m., during which personnel matters will be discussed.

The public is invited to all open sessions.

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