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August 02, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Caretaker accused of abusing mentally disabled man

An employee of a program for the mentally disabled was arrested on charges of abuse and neglect after a man under his care was left in a minivan on a downtown street for as long as two hours yesterday morning, city police said.

Concerned bystanders called police to the 300 block of E. Lexington St. shortly after 11:30 a.m. "The man was knocking on the vehicle window as if he was attempting to get out, but couldn't," said police Detective Larry Holland, who answered the call with Officer Neyland Vaughn Jr.

Temperatures shortly before noon were in the low 90s. The vehicle's engine was off, and its windows were partially open, police said.

Arrested was Luther Amah, 34, of the 900 block of Ashbridge Drive, described by police as a caretaker for ARC -- formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens. The man under his care was said to be in good condition and turned over to other employees of ARC, police said.

200 Mount Vernon homes, businesses lose power

About 200 homes and businesses in the city's Mount Vernon section lost electricity for more than 12 hours yesterday because of a defective module on a feeder line, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said.

Businesses along Calvert, Cathedral and Chase streets closed during the outage, which began at 1:53 a.m. and ended at 2:45 p.m.

Angela Walters, a BGE spokeswoman, said the feeder line serves more than 600 customers, but that the module was able to "kick out" power to about 400.

BGE serves about 1.1 million customers across Central Maryland.

City OKs $750,000 grant for technology firm center

Baltimore officials approved this week a $750,000 grant that will help fund a technology company incubator in the former Eastern High School. Construction will begin this year on the 45,000-square-foot Emerging Technology Center @ Johns Hopkins Eastern, which is on 33rd Street across from the site of the former Memorial Stadium.

The goal is to attract technology firms. One of the tenants will be a branch of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The Johns Hopkins University, which owns the site and is a partner in the project, is using part of the renovated school building for offices.

The cost of the project, including the money approved Wednesday by the city's Board of Estimates, is $6.6 million.

Section of Lombard Street to close for work Sunday

Part of Lombard Street will be closed Sunday for workers to remove a platform that was used during construction of a pedestrian bridge, the city Office of Transportation announced.

The closing is planned from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m. for Lombard between President and Commerce streets, weather permitting.

Traffic will be detoured north on President, west on Fayette Street and south on Guilford Avenue back to Lombard, the office said.

In Baltimore County

Navy's jazz band to perform free concert at Charlestown

CATONSVILLE -- The Community Concert Series at Charlestown Retirement Community will continue at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 with a performance by the Commodores, the Navy's jazz band.

The concert will be in the John Erickson Conference Center. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Information: 410-247-3400, Ext. 8577.

Naturalist to tell stories in children's program

STEVENSON -- Naturalist Monica Wiedel will tell nature stories and other tales beside the pond at the Irving Nature Center from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

All ages are invited to this children's program. Admission fee is $2, and the registration deadline is today. The nature center is at 8400 Greenspring Ave.

Registration: 410-484-2413.

Agency employee to take insurance questions Aug. 12

TOWSON -- A representative of the Maryland Insurance Administration will answer questions about insurance coverage and how to file a complaint and distribute consumer education materials Aug. 12 at Hampton Plaza, Suite 1A, 300 E. Joppa Road.

The representative will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Information: 800-492-6116, or 800-735-2250 for the hearing-impaired.

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