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Randallstown man sought in fatal hit-and-run crash

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are seeking a Randallstown man who has been charged in a hit-and-run crash Monday night on Liberty Road that killed the operator of a motor scooter.

Gordon Everett Booze, 26, of the 3600 block of Yennar Lane was charged in a warrant yesterday with 12 traffic offenses after officers clocked a BMW traveling at 70 mph in a 40-mph zone and tried to follow it. Police said the BMW hit a scooter shortly after 8 p.m. in the 7900 block of Liberty Road.

Walter Lee Robertson, 26, of the first block of Trestle Wood Court, near Randallstown, was killed when his scooter was struck. Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020.

Two Dundalk men charged in High's store robbery

DUNDALK -- Two Dundalk men have been arrested and charged in the robbery of the High's convenience store in the 7300 block of Northpoint Road on Saturday night.

Robert Earl Eason, 22, of the 900 block of Middleborough Road and Joshua Charles Sherwood, 20, of the 9200 block of Northpoint Road each were charged with one count of armed robbery after they were arrested without incident late Tuesday, county police said.

Police said two men entered the store about 10 p.m. and one man showed a knife while the other knocked the register off the counter and gathered money off the floor. Eason was being held without bail last night at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Sherwood was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Fugitive in teen's death arrested in Virgin Islands

TOWSON -- A Catonsville man convicted in a hit-and-run accident that killed a 15-year-old boy last year was arrested without incident yesterday in the Virgin Islands, where police say he fled after posting a $50,000 bond.

Darren Thomas Brown, 31, of the 300 block of Greenlow Road is being held without bail in St. Thomas and will be extradited to Maryland in the next 30 days, Baltimore County police said.

Brown was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident after his Nissan Pathfinder struck and killed Ramon Thomas on March 24, 2001, while Thomas was walking near his home in Cockeysville. Brown was released on an appeal bond in October after being sentenced in District Court to five years. But he failed to appear for trial March 19 in county Circuit Court.

State panel approves funds for conservation easement

MONKTON -- The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved funding to buy a conservation easement on 114 acres in Baltimore County's Gunpowder River Rural Legacy Area, Gov. Parris N. Glendening announced yesterday.

The easement, which cost the state $591,741, requires a forest management plan on 43 acres of woodlands and that buffers be established along the Gunpowder River.

The 114 acres -- part of the Christmas property -- is adjacent to a parcel safeguarded by a rural legacy easement and is within the My Lady's Manor Historic District. The state board's action brings the number of easements within the Gunpowder Rural Legacy Area to four, totaling 422 acres at a cost of $1.4 million.

In Baltimore City

Algae bloom apparently responsible for fish kill

Preliminary tests of Colgate Creek, where 60,000 menhaden were found dead Tuesday, indicate the fish kill was caused by a decaying nontoxic algae bloom and not Pfiesteria, sewage spills or low oxygen levels in the water, a state official said yesterday.

Rising water temperatures in the Southeast Baltimore creek because of the searing weather appear to have caused the algae, Gyrodinium uncatenum, to die. As the mass of tiny plants decomposed, it released ammonia, which likely killed the fish, said Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman Richard McIntire.

More complete test results should be available next week, he said. The dead fish were spread over 100 yards of the creek, which is off Broening Highway in an industrial area. An algae bloom caused a similar fish kill last year in the creek, McIntire said.

EPA gives city $45,000 for brownfield development

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday a $45,000 grant to Baltimore Development Corp. to create a city "Smart Sites" program to promote brownfield development.

Brownfields are abandoned industrial and commercial properties where contamination has been a barrier to expansion or redevelopment. Older industrial cities have many such sites.

The EPA program to revitalize brownfields is meant to streamline permit procedures and identify a single contact in government to help developers, said Donald S. Welsh, administrator for EPA's mid-Atlantic region. A second program aim is land recycling, officials said.

Black participants sought for epilepsy study

The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region is looking for epileptic African-American teens ages 16 to 19 and African-American adults who are older than 25 to participate in a study of how well the needs of African-Americans with epilepsy are being met.

The organization will hold focus groups on the subject Tuesday in the Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. The teen-age group will meet from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the adult group from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Each participant in the focus groups will receive a $50 stipend. Those interested in participating must contact Ellen Falk at 800-492-2523 by tomorrow.

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