In Baltimore City



About 60,000 fish found dead in Colgate Creek

About 60,000 menhaden and a few other fish were found dead yesterday in Colgate Creek in Southeast Baltimore in the largest fish kill of the year, the Maryland Department of the Environment reported.

Samples of the dead fish and water were sent to labs for analysis to determine the cause of the kill, but it appears to be natural, said MDE spokesman Richard McIntire. He said the water in the creek did not present any visible signs of a dump or spill.

The water was brownish in color, which could suggest an algae bloom, said state biologist David Goshorn. An algae bloom was the cause of several fish kills in Colgate Creek last year, McIntire said. Pfiesteria was also detected at that time, but at nontoxic levels.

"Just because it's there doesn't mean it's toxic or it's doing any damage," McIntire said. "We didn't see any of the telltale signs [of Pfiesteria]. None of these fish had lesions." The dead fish were spread over about 100 yards of the creek, which is off Broening Highway in an industrial area.

2 sentenced to combined 95 years in man's death

A 21-year-old man and his uncle were sentenced to a combined 95 years in prison yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old man in July of last year.

Gregory Everett was sentenced to 50 years by Judge Joseph P. McCurdy for second-degree murder, assault and various handgun charges. His uncle Donte Morris, 22, was sentenced to 45 years for assault and handgun charges.

The victim, Antoine Gordon McRae, was walking with a friend in the 1000 block of Harford Road when Everett and Morris approached him, prosecutors said. Everett, who had been spurned by the woman McRae was walking with, pulled a handgun from his uncle's waistband and shot McRae in the chest.

Maryland State Boychoir to perform at City Hall

The Maryland State Boychoir, in its 15th year, will perform at noon tomorrow in the City Hall Rotunda. The concert is part of the group's effort to raise money to continue performing.

Under the direction of Frank Cimino and Stephen Holmes, the 70-member choir will perform cultural anthems and spirituals. Several philanthropic, civic and community leaders are expected to attend the event, which was initiated by City Council President Sheila Dixon.

The choir recently returned from a European tour that included shows in Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Vatican City.

In Baltimore County

Search continues for driver of car that hit, killed man

TOWSON - Baltimore County police are searching for the driver of a car that struck and killed a man riding a motor scooter in the 7900 block of Liberty Road in Milford Mill.

Police identified the victim yesterday as Walter Lee Robertson, 26, of the first block of Trestle Wood Court near Randallstown.

Police said they had clocked a BMW traveling 70 mph, 30 mph above the posted limit, and were trying to follow the car when Robertson was hit Monday night. The driver abandoned the car and ran off. Cpl. Ron Brooks, a department spokesman, said yesterday that police have identified the owner of the car, but he is not a suspect.

Police searching for 2 men who robbed dairy store

DUNDALK - Baltimore County police are searching for two men who held up a High's convenience store in the 7300 block of North Point Road about 10 p.m. Saturday.

Police said one of the men knocked the cash register off the counter and gathered money from the floor while the second man showed a knife. No injuries were reported.

Police dogs and helicopters were called to the scene, but the men could not be found. Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410- 276-8888.

Battle Monument School lauded for Bay Buddies '01

DUNDALK - Battle Monument School has been presented an Innovative Program Award by the Maryland Parks and Recreation Association for its participation in the Bay Buddies Program 2001.

The two-week program in August provides educational experiences for students with disabilities. Other groups recognized for participating are the Baltimore Association of Retarded Citizens, Living Classroom Foundation and Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.

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