In Baltimore County Police search for suspect in Kmart...


August 29, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Police search for suspect in Kmart burglaryAlexander

CATONSVILLE - After a surveillance video was broadcast on area television stations showing a man taking ing $250,000 worth of rings, necklaces and bracelets from a Catonsville Kmart store, county police received tips that helped them identify a suspect.

Yesterday, police asked for the public's help again -to find Harold Burton Alexander, 40, of no fixed address, who was charged in a warrant with grand theft and second-degree burglary after someone identified him from the video of the Aug. 16 burglary, said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

According to court documents, Alexander, a convicted thief whose last address was in Northwood, is also wanted by county police for not appearing in court Aug. 12 in a theft case. A drug charge against Alexander in Baltimore was placed on the inactive docket last month, as was a harassment charge.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts was asked to call police at 410-307-2020, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Guard company returning from duty at Pentagon

PARKVILLE - The Maryland National Guard's 290th Military Police Company, which was sent to the Pentagon for security duty after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, will return to the Parkville Armory between 11 a.m. and noon today.

The company was deployed to the Pentagon within 24 hours of the attack and returned home Sept. 29. The company was mobilized again Oct. 1 and sent to Fort Stewart, Ga., for law enforcement duty. On Dec. 15, the unit was again deployed to the Pentagon, and its 80 members have been serving there since.

The armory is at 3727 Putty Hill Ave.

Public meeting is today on detention center design

TOWSON - An open house will be held at 6 p.m. today at Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, 938 York Road, to allow the architect for the $73 million expansion of the Baltimore County Detention Center to display materials and designs for the project.

During the meeting, the architect, Daniel Mann Johnson and Mendenhall of California, will answer questions from the public and discuss its recommendations. The construction manager and landscape architect also will be present.

Comments from the public will be used to help public officials make final decisions about the detention center design.

WMAR plans blood drive at its studio tomorrow

TOWSON - WMAR-TV will hold a blood drive from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at its studio, 6400 York Road.

Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Call 800-448-3543.

In Baltimore City

Hand-washing urged to stop spread of illness

Baltimore is seeing more cases of shigellosis, a potentially serious intestinal illness, than at any time in the past decade, prompting a call for parents to ensure their children do a good job washing their hands with soap and water.

Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, the city health commissioner, said doctors and laboratories have reported 447 cases of the bacterial illness this year, nine times as many as in the previous four years combined. The illness produces cramps, diarrhea and fever, and is most common among children younger than age 4.

Dozens of day care centers have sent sick children home to prevent the disease from spreading. "If children and parents all washed their hands very well, within a week and a half we would have virtually no Shigella," Beilenson said.

Weekly farmers' market opens outside state offices

A Wednesday farmers' market opened yesterday, despite rainy weather, outside the State Office Center at 300 W. Preston St.

Organized by three state agencies - the departments of Agriculture, Health and Mental Hygiene, and General Services - the market features Maryland-grown fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Its hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday through November, state officials said.

Mercy gets city loan to consolidate jobs at site

Baltimore's Board of Estimates approved a low-interest $350,000 loan yesterday to help Mercy Health Services consolidate 160 jobs in Tide Point.

The deal will bring 80 information technology and billing jobs from Middle River to the city, said Jeff Pillas, chief financial officer for the city's development arm, Baltimore Development Corp. The rest of the jobs already are in Baltimore.

Mercy, which owns and operates Mercy Medical Center downtown, will use the 15-year, 3 percent, fixed-rate loan for equipment and improvements to the 25,000-square-foot facility. The cost of the project is $1.7 million.

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