In Baltimore City
Meter readers allowed to ticket vehicles on Sundays
By closing a long-standing loophole in Baltimore parking regulations, the City Council has given meter readers the power to ticket vehicles on Sundays - something they have been doing without clear authority for years.
City meters were not supposed to be in effect Sundays under an exception thought to date to the time of blue laws that also required stores to close. But for the past two decades, as Inner Harbor redevelopment created demand for weekend parking, notices on meters in that part of town have said they are in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Meter readers have ticketed accordingly, though city officials acknowledged their authority to do so was in doubt until the council's decision Monday to repeal the Sunday exception.
Two 16-year-olds charged in fatal beating of man
Two male teen-agers were arrested last night and charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of a Baltimore County man during an attempted robbery several weeks ago, police said.
Homicide Detective Joe Jefferson said an autopsy ruled that Lewis Wilson, 55, of the 100 block of Western Winds Circle in Randallstown, who was attacked Aug. 1 by two males in the 1900 block of St. Paul St. and who died Sept. 8, was the victim of a homicide and that two males originally charged with assault have been charged in his death.
Arrested at Central Booking and Intake Center, where they have been held since the attack, were Vereen Emerson, 16, of the 300 block of E. 20th St. and Charles William Burgess, also 16, of the 500 block of E. 20th St. Bail for each was denied.
2 men get lengthy terms in killing of 18-year-old
Two Baltimore men were sentenced to more than 100 years in prison in Circuit Court yesterday for the murder of an 18-year-old who was shot twice in the head last year.
Brian Johnson, 18, died June 10, 2001, after he was forced into a Jeep Cherokee, taken to the Leakin Park area and killed. His body was found in the 3400 block of Winterbourne Road.
Eric Poole, 33, of the unit block of Northland Road was sentenced to life in prison plus 70 years for charges including felony murder, kidnapping and robbery. Co-defendant Carl Harrison, 21, was sentenced to 60 years in prison for similar charges.
Police motorcade planned to spotlight walking safety
A police motorcade is scheduled to lead an early morning walk today by schoolchildren and their parents and caregivers as part of the observance of National Walk Our Children to School Day.
The procession, scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m., is set to begin at Miracle Baptist Church, 4613 Moravia Road, and conclude at Furley Elementary School, 4633 Furley Ave.
Pedestrian deaths account for more than half of all traffic fatalities in Baltimore, according to the city Health Department.
MTA hearing set tomorrow on neighborhood shuttle
The public will have a chance to comment at a meeting tomorrow on three proposals for a neighborhood shuttle that will serve several south-side communities.
The public information meeting will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Liberty Room on the third floor of the Baltimore Museum of Industry Administration Building, 1425 Key Highway.
Each of the three proposed routes will serve the Federal Hill, Federal Hill South, Key Highway, Locust Point, Otterbein, Riverside, SBIC, Sharp-Leadenhall and West Federal Hill neighborhoods with direct connections to MTA local bus service and a shuttle stop within a block of the light rail and MARC stations at Camden Yards.
In Baltimore County
County executive hopefuls to attend forum tonight
TOWSON - The two candidates for Baltimore County executive, Democrat James T. Smith Jr. and Republican Douglas B. Riley, will answer questions from the public at 7 p.m. today at Loch Raven High School.
The county executive candidates' forum, co-sponsored by the PTA Council of Baltimore County and other parent groups, is scheduled to last two hours.
Health officials to speak at Planning Board meeting
TOWSON - Dr. Michelle Leverett, director of the Baltimore County Health Department, and Gary Wunderlich, chief of cardiovascular health at the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will discuss the health effects of land-use decisions and neighborhood design at tomorrow's meeting of the county Planning Board.
The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 407 of the County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Ave.
High school musicians, BSO touring Japan to talk online
PERRY HALL - Members of the Perry Hall High School Symphonic Orchestra will talk online with musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra today.
The BSO, on tour in Japan, will chat with 11th- and 12th-graders from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The public can follow the talk on the Internet at www.bsotour.com.