In Baltimore City Handyman indicted in fatal shooting...

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August 08, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Handyman indicted in fatal shooting of teen taking bike

A handyman was indicted yesterday on charges of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teen who was trying to steal a 10-speed bicycle from the man's yard in West Baltimore.

A lawyer for Edward Day, 54, told a judge that the shooting was an accident, and Day intended only to scare David Stewart, 15, with his 12-gauge shotgun.

Day, who is accused of shooting the youth in the 2300 block of Harlem Ave., told detectives that after the shooting, he walked out his back door, stepping past the dying teen-ager. He then rode one of his bicycles to a pool hall, police said.

Family Fun Festival set at park Saturday, Sunday

A festival with live music, food, children's activities and free health screenings is planned for the weekend at West Baltimore's Franklin Square Park.

The Family Fun Festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the park, West Fayette and Carey streets.

Local entertainers will include the McBooze Band, the Panama Band and vocalist Sylvia Hardison, winner of Baltimore's Billie Holiday Vocal Competition in 2000.

New Coast Guard cutter to visit city, offer free tours

The Coast Guard cutter Cypress will dock in the Inner Harbor next week and will be open for free tours.

The 225-foot cutter is on its maiden voyage from Marinette, Wis., to Mobile, Ala. It will respond to oil spills, conduct searches and rescues, and bolster homeland security.

The Cypress is to arrive at 4 p.m. Aug. 16 and will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17. It will remain docked in front of the Light Street Pavilion through Aug. 18.

In Baltimore County

N. Charles St. construction to disrupt weekday traffic

TOWSON -- The State Highway Administration has begun a construction project on North Charles Street, between Ruxton Ridge Road and the Baltimore Beltway, that will disrupt weekday traffic.

The project includes widening Charles Street south beginning at the Beltway ramp; widening northbound lanes, beginning at the bridge at the Beltway; and installing new traffic signals at the Bellona Avenue and Kenilworth Drive intersections.

During construction, single lanes might be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The $599,000 project is expected to be completed by late fall.

County cable TV program to detail emergency system

TOWSON -- This month's edition of Hello Baltimore County, the county cable program, examines the 911 emergency system.

Marie Whisonant, head of the 911 Center; Bill Toohey, Baltimore County Police Department spokesman; and Capt. Tom Schaech of the county Fire Department discuss how units are dispatched and explain what to do when calling for emergency assistance.

The program airs six times a week on Comcast Channel 25: 9 p.m. Monday; 9:30 a.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m. Wednesday; 7 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Friday.

Charlestown plans concert by Star-Spangled Chorus

CATONSVILLE -- The Community Concert Series at Charlestown Retirement Community will continue Aug. 18 with a performance by the Star-Spangled Chorus.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the John Erickson Conference Center. Admission at the door is $2. The public is invited.

Information: 410-247-3400, Ext. 8577.

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