City/county Digest


September 11, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

White House aide to join city officials in 9/11 observance

John P. Walters, the White House drug policy director, will join Mayor Martin O'Malley, City Council President Sheila Dixon and the heads of the city police and fire departments today for a Sept. 11 public observance.

In a ceremony that will serve as the city's official memorial honoring those killed in the terrorist attacks, the officials will gather at 12:15 p.m. on the steps of the War Memorial Building, Gay and Lexington streets.

After comments, a joint fire and police color guard will lay a wreath at the Firefighters Memorial at Gay and Lexington , and police will fire a 21-gun salute.

Belair Road man arrested in wounding of boy, 10

Detectives with the city's Warrant Apprehension Task Force arrested a Northeast Baltimore man yesterday in the shooting last week of a 10-year-old boy in Gardenville, police said.

Corey Ricardo Caldwell, 21, of the 5500 block of Belair Road was arrested in the 1100 block of Ashland Court about 11:30 a.m., police said. Caldwell was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Darian Nelson, a bystander who was grazed by a bullet fired during a robbery attempt, police said.

Darian and his twin brother were getting out of their mother's car in the 4300 block of Berger Ave., returning home from a football game, when he was shot in the left buttock, police said.

City clothing, food drive planned to honor Gaddy

Baltimore will honor the memory of late City Councilwoman Bea Gaddy next month with a citywide collection of clothing, nonperishable food and toiletries for the poor.

On Oct. 3, the first anniversary of Gaddy's death, donations may be made at 25 locations, including Giant and Safeway supermarkets, police stations, city park and recreation centers, the University of Baltimore and Sojourner-Douglass College.

City officials announced plans for the event this week. Gaddy, who was known for her advocacy on behalf of the city's poor, died of breast cancer at age 68.

Roland Park Place opens a $7.5 million addition

The nonprofit Roland Park Place retirement community held a grand opening yesterday for a $7.5 million addition to its campus at 830 West 40th St.

The addition - called a sign of the retirement community's continuing commitment to remain in the city - includes a fitness and aquatic center, upgraded computer laboratory, casual dining room, multipurpose rooms and other amenities. Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet was the architect, and Atlantic Builders Group was the general contractor.

About 300 people live in Roland Park Place, which opened in 1984.

In Baltimore County

Driver dies after crash with tractor-trailer

WHITE MARSH - A driver whose car slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer rig Monday evening on Pulaski Highway in White Marsh died yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The victim, Bryan Patrick Walbrecher, 19, of the 4500 block of King George Court in Perry Hall, was driving a 1995 Saturn west in the 9300 block of Pulaski about 6:15 p.m. when the crash occurred. Police said he was traveling at a high speed at the crest of a rise in the roadway when he struck the rig as it crossed the westbound lane from Dryden Oil Co. to the eastbound lanes.

Police said that the impact sheared off the car's roof and that Walbrecher, an electrician, suffered severe head injuries. The truck driver was unhurt.

Calkins named coordinator of disabilities act

TOWSON - Richard A. Calkins has been named the county's coordinator of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Calkins, 60, a member of the Commission on Disabilities since 1996, was named to the post by County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. He will work with county agencies to identify and correct accessibility problems; evaluate compliance with ADA rules; and help resolve ADA grievances.

As a member of the commission, Calkins dealt with accessibility issues in county buildings and ADA requirements for federally funded construction projects.

Blood drive will be held at Ateaze center today

DUNDALK - MedStar Health, a Columbia-based health care organization, will coordinate a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Ave.

Registration is required. Information: 410-887-7233.

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