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August 23, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Poll reveals race is tight for office of state's attorney

The three candidates for Baltimore state's attorney are running neck-and-neck with less than three weeks to go before the primary election Sept. 10, according to a political poll released yesterday.

Incumbent Patricia C. Jessamy has a slight advantage, with 29 percent of voters saying they favor her, according to the poll conducted by Annapolis-based Gonzales/Arscott Research & Communications.

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About 27 percent of those polled picked City Councilwoman Lisa Joi Stancil, and 26 percent selected Baltimore lawyer Anton J.S. Keating. Eighteen percent said they are undecided. The poll has a margin of error of 5.5 percentage points.

Car kills pedestrian crossing MLK Boulevard

A man was struck and killed by a car last night as he tried to walk across Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard - the second fatal accident on the street in two nights.

The victim - whose name was not released - was walking in the 700 block of the boulevard about 9:40 p.m. when he was struck by a southbound car, police said. The driver's name also was not immediately divulged.

Police said the man was declared dead at the scene.

Memorial Bridge to be closed for repairs

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge will be closed this weekend, from 10 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Monday.

City transportation officials say they need to perform emergency repairs on the span, formerly called the Hanover Street Bridge.

All lanes in both directions will be closed; detour routes will be marked.

Adult literacy program seeking volunteers

The Greater Homewood Adult Literacy and ESOL program in Baltimore is seeking volunteers.

Volunteers will receive free training and materials and can choose a flexible schedule of tutoring.

The program serves 300 to 400 people a year, and is the largest volunteer-based adult literacy initiative in the city, according to the organization.

Information: 410-261-3524.

In Baltimore County

Randallstown man charged in 3 bank robberies

Howard County police arrested a Randallstown man yesterday on charges that he robbed three Howard banks during the past month.

Police have accused Billy Ray Smith, 37, of the 3700 block of Offutt Road of robbing Westminster Union Bank in the 15900 block of Old Frederick Road in Woodbine on July 22, the Farmers & Mechanics Bank in the 6200 block of Washington Blvd. in Elkridge on Aug. 16, and the Farmers & Mechanic Bank in the 9500 block of Old Annapolis Road in Dorsey's Search on Wednesday.

A weapon was not displayed in the robberies, police said.

Smith was charged with three counts of robbery and was being held at Southern District lockup last night awaiting a bail hearing.

Police planning crackdown on passing of school buses

TOWSON - With schools opening Monday, county police are cracking down on motorists passing school buses when the stop sign or signal of the bus is operating.

Passing a stopped bus from any direction is illegal and carries a $270 fine and up to three points on a driver's record.

During the next few weeks, county police will be patrolling and stopping drivers seen passing stopped buses to ensure the safety of children.

Irvine Nature Center to hold plant seminar, sale

STEVENSON - The Irvine Nature Center will hold its 11th annual native plant seminar and sale Saturday, with the sale open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The seminar, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature three experts: Rick Darke, a landscape consultant, author and photographer; Craig Tufts of the National Wildlife Federation; and Johnny Randall of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers.

The center is on Greenspring Avenue, a mile north of Exit 22 on the Beltway. Information: 410-484-2413.

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