In Baltimore City Vigil, parade, fair are scheduled for...


August 30, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Vigil, parade, fair are scheduled for first Believe Week

A city anti-drug campaign that made its debut months ago with stark billboards and television ads plans a candlelight vigil tonight and a parade and festival tomorrow.

The events will cap the city's first Baltimore Believe Week, an effort that began when Mayor Martin O'Malley asked local clergy to raise issues of addiction and community involvement in their sermons. The vigil at 7 p.m. outside City Hall will be a memorial to young Baltimoreans shot or killed this year.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Swan and Druid Park Lake drives, then proceed into Druid Hill Park, where the free festival is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. More than 80 booths offering information on drug treatment, job placement and other services will be featured, with food, musical acts and speakers.

The Believe campaign began in April with a $4 million advertising campaign paid for by donations of money, ad time and ad space. It urged everyone in the city, including the addicted, to fight drugs and related violent crime.

Housing inspector named for downtown improvement

A veteran Baltimore housing inspector will begin cracking down on shabby downtown buildings by pushing property owners to fix flaws including peeling paint and missing cornices.

The Department of Housing and Community Development has directed Robert Hubbard to oversee sprucing up buildings' exteriors. Hubbard will notify owners of deficiencies and offer guidance to remedy problems. Violation notices will be issued to owners who fail to act.

Hubbard's assignment is part of a broader effort by the city and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore to improve the area's appearance. The partnership says flaws such as torn awnings are eyesores that might deter investment. Mayor Martin O'Malley said Hubbard's work will bring "much-needed uniformity" to area buildings.

Shooting kills man, wounds 2 women on west side

A man was killed early yesterday in West Baltimore in a shooting that also wounded two women, police said.

Alfonso Harper, 26, was standing with the two women in the 1000 block of Tiffany Court shortly after midnight when a man approached carrying a handgun, police said. Harper began to run when a second man carrying a handgun turned a corner, police said. Both gunmen opened fire, hitting Harper in the head and back, then drove away in a white car, police said. Harper, a resident of the 500 block of W. Preston St., died at the scene. He was the city's 168th homicide of the year. The two women were treated for leg wounds at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released.

Man sentenced to 8 years in telemarketing scheme

A Ruxton man convicted in June on fraud and money-laundering charges in a telemarketing scheme that authorities said bilked more than 16,000 people out of more than $1.6 million was sentenced to more than eight years in prison yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Joel Katz, 63, of the first block of Ruxton Green Court was fined $10,000 and given 97 months for money-laundering and concurrent 60-month sentences on fraud charges. A co-defendant, Judith Lugo, 33, of Yonkers, N.Y., was given 51 months. Both were ordered to pay restitution.

Prosecutors said Katz and Lugo operated a scheme that targeted people with poor credit histories by promising pre-approved credit cards. For payments of $49.95 or more, the people received packages valued at less than $5, containing credit card applications, store coupons and telephone calling cards.

In Baltimore County

Residents asked to report problems with their wells

TOWSON - Baltimore County wants residents whose private wells have run dry or whose yields are significantly reduced to contact the county so that officials can determine what kind of assistance might be required.

Residents with such problems should call the Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management at 410-887-2762 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Well owners also can send the information via e-mail to Messages should include name, address, telephone number, number of people in household, estimated age and depth of the well, and a description of the problem and steps taken to resolve it.

About 38,000 county households use private wells. County officials say a record number of these wells has gone dry in the past eight months.

Rockville man is killed in collision on Beltway

CATONSVILLE - A 47-year-old Rockville man was killed yesterday when his car collided with a tractor-trailer on the Baltimore Beltway, state police said.

Cheften Tom Tang was driving a Toyota Camry on the outer loop near Frederick Road about 11 a.m. when a bag of trash fell from a passing truck and he swerved to avoid it, said Trooper Robert A. Taylor. The Camry ran into the tractor-trailer, which then hit a Toyota 4-Runner. Tang died in the accident. The other drivers were not injured, police said.

The accident caused a backup on the outer loop to Liberty Road for more than an hour, police said.

Teen driving to school hits bus carrying students

JACKSONSVILLE - A teen-ager ran into the back of a school bus while driving to Dulaney High School yesterday morning, Baltimore County police said.

Jennifer A. Marshall, 18, of the 4400 block of Langtry Drive, in Glen Arm was driving a 1996 Ford Taurus north on Manor Road near Kincaid Road about 7 a.m. when her car hit the back of the bus. She was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday and released. Two students on the bus were taken to local hospitals but were not seriously injuured, police said.

Police said Marshall crossed the double yellow line to pass another vehicle and hit the bus when re-entering the northbound lane.

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