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City OKs funding for Druid Hill apartment project

Baltimore officials approved yesterday a $1.1 million city contribution toward an $8.9 million project to renovate a vacant eight-story apartment building overlooking Druid Lake.

The action by the city's Board of Estimates will allow Pennrose Properties of Philadelphia and two partners to start renovating what they will call the Chateau building, a 47-unit complex at 809 Druid Lake Park Drive.

Joan M. Pratt, the city's comptroller, said the project, which will cost about $190,000 per unit, will help encourage the revitalization of the surrounding Reservoir Hill neighborhood. About three-quarters of the apartments will be subsidized for people with lower incomes. The rest will be rented at the market rate.

Man charged with claiming U.S. citizenship falsely

An Iranian national was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Baltimore on charges that he falsely told investigators he was a U.S. citizen.

Shahriar Noormohammadi, 46, was charged with three counts of falsely representing himself to be a U.S. citizen. The indictment said Noormohammadi made the claims in interviews with agents of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service on May 29 and June 3.

Noormohammadi, formerly of Beaverton, Ore., has been held in INS administrative custody since June 3, the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore said. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Gibbs resigns as deputy to health commissioner

Baltimore's second-highest health official resigned this week, Health Commissioner Dr. Peter L. Beilenson said yesterday.

Alphonso Gibbs had been deputy health commissioner for a little more than a year and was responsible for the department's administrative functions. He was paid about $93,000 a year. Beilenson declined to say why Gibbs resigned Tuesday or whethr he had been happy with Gibbs' performance.

Before coming to Baltimore, Gibbs was deputy health commissioner in Saginaw County, Michigan.He could not be reached for comment.

Man found fatally shot on West Baltimore street

Police are seeking the identity of a man found shot to death Tuesday night on a West Baltimore street.

Police said the man was found about 11:10 p.m. lying in a parking lot in the 4900 block of Challedon Road, off Windsor Mill Road. He had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene 35 minutes later. Police said they had no estimate of the man's age and no suspects.

The death is the 145th homicide in the city this year, compared with 141 homicides reported during the comparable period last year.

In Baltimore County

County Police Department receives 2 national honors

TOWSON - Baltimore County Police Department has received two achievement awards from the National Association of Counties, officials announced yesterday.

One was presented to the department's mobile crisis teams, which respond to incidents involving residents with mental illnesses. A second award went to the department's counseling team for developing a training program for investigating missing-children cases. The program's training video and guide is used around the country.

Bones of Faith to play at retirement center event

CATONSVILLE - The Community Concert Series at Charlestown Retirement Community will continue at 3 p.m. July 28 with a performance by Bones of Faith.

The concert will take place in the John Erickson Conference Center. Admission at the door is $2. The public is invited.

Charlestown is at 719 Maiden Choice Lane. Information: 410-247-3400, Ext. 8577.

Mathematics and the arts to link at college conference

TOWSON - The fifth annual international conference on "Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music and Science" will be held July 27-29 on the Towson University campus.

The conference is a gathering of computer scientists, mathematicians, musicians and visual artists who share ideas about math and music; computer-generated art; math and architecture; and origami and geometries in quilting.

Presentations and an art exhibit will be held in the Center for the Arts. Information: Reza Sarhangi, 410-704-4922.

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