In Baltimore City City reminds suburbs that water ban...

REGIONAL DIGEST

August 10, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City reminds suburbs that water ban applies to all

Baltimore officials are reminding residents of Howard, Harford, Carroll and northern Anne Arundel counties that they should also stop watering their lawns and washing their cars to preserve the region's water supply.

City public works Director George L. Winfield, whose department pumps water for 1.8 million people in the greater Baltimore area, announced Thursday that the city and Baltimore County are imposing mandatory water restrictions because this summer's dry weather has severely taxed the water supply.

Because some news reports didn't make clear that these restrictions extended to the outlying counties, city officials yesterday emphasized that all suburbs that use Baltimore's water system should conserve water. This means no sprinklers or outdoor washing of cars or boats, although motorists may take their vehicles to commercial car washes with water conservation plans approved by the state.

District judge will review Banks' bail, lawyer says

A District Court judge will review the bail of a man who shot three youths outside his Southeast Baltimore home last month, the man's attorney said yesterday.

At a hearing Aug. 20, William Banks, 60, of the 100 block of N. Decker Ave. will ask for reduced bail after he was granted no bail July 29. His attorney, Murray M. Blum, said he will offer a number of reasons for reduced bail, including the fact that Blum was not present at the original hearing and that the defendant is popular with neighbors.

Banks is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of three youths, ages 11, 15 and 18, outside his home July 28. Banks told police the youths refused to move off his front steps.

In Baltimore County

Woman is found guilty in fatal stabbing of man

TOWSON - A 20-year-old Baltimore woman was convicted of second-degree murder in Circuit Court on Thursday for fatally stabbing her ex-boyfriend last year.

Alicia Shaw, of the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave., went to a home looking for the man, Vernard Maple, 18, and when she found him there she stabbed him, prosecutors said.

After the murder, which occurred March 4, 2001, Shaw left Baltimore, and was found six months later by federal agents in North Carolina. Shaw is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 25.

Fund-raiser set today to block apartment plan

OELLA - A group of Oella residents who oppose a plan to turn the former Oella Mill into 175 luxury apartments is holding a fund-raiser today to help fund their appeal.

Last month, the Baltimore County zoning commissioner approved Forest City Residential Group's proposal to transform the 194-year-old mill from art studios and antiques shops into apartments.

The fund-raiser takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave.

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