City/county Digest


October 04, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Shore man, 28 pleads guilty to 3 murders

TOWSON - An Eastern Shore man whose 1999 death sentence was overturned by the Court of Appeals pleaded guilty yesterday to the ax murders of his estranged girlfriend and her grandparents.

Eugene E. Winder, 28, was scheduled to stand trial in Baltimore County Circuit Court this month. Although his sentencing date is not until Oct. 8, attorneys said in court he would likely serve three concurrent life sentences, with all but 60 years suspended on each.

Winder was accused of killing Christie Mainor, 20, and her grandparents after learning Mainor had been out with another man. Prosecutors said he set their house on fire later that night in an attempt to hide the murders.

Annual volunteer weekend begins today at elementary

TOWSON - Baltimore County's sixth annual Pitch In for Progress volunteer weekend will begin at noon today at Seven Oaks Elementary School in Perry Hall, where pupils, faculty members and parents will spruce up natural habitats at the school.

About 200 volunteer projects are planned for today, tomorrow and Sunday throughout the county, from canned-food drives to park cleanups. More than 100 projects will be held at schools.

"I am delighted to see county residents taking charge of efforts to improve our neighborhoods, schools, parks, senior centers and other important amenities," said County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

Senior Expo is scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday

TIMONIUM - The 16th annual Senior Expo will be held Wednesday and Thursday in the Exhibition Hall and 4-H Building at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

The fair will include information about programs, products and services for seniors. It will include more than 150 booths, entertainment, flu shots, health screenings, a volunteer fair Wednesday, a job fair Thursday and crafts.

Admission is $5 for the Exhibition Hall and free for the 4-H Building. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Information: 410-887-2594.

Cleanup tomorrow at Charlesmont Cove

DUNDALK - Greater Bear Creek Watershed Association will hold a volunteer cleanup of the streambed and shoreline of Charlesmont Cove at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Volunteers will meet at General John Stricker Middle School's parking lot, next to the stream. Participants should take insect repellent and wear sturdy shoes, work gloves and hats.

Information: 410-477-6782.

In Baltimore City

Trial postponed for official's nephew

The trial of Lawrence D. Hutchings, nephew of City Solicitor Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr., has been postponed until Oct. 22.

Hutchings was arrested April 30, a day after officers purchased suspected drugs from him, police said. He has been charged with one count of drug distribution and one count of possession of a handgun, said Frank Meyer, assistant state's attorney for Baltimore County, who is prosecuting the case.

Hutchings' case drew attention when Zollicoffer showed up at his nephew's Northeast Baltimore home and became involved in a confrontation with police as they tried to arrest the young man. Zollifcoffer later apologized to police for his actions.

Mayor, Ruppersberger sign watershed protection pact

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger signed an agreement yesterday on joint protection of the region's watersheds, a move officials say will make their efforts more effective and less costly.

The agreement calls for establishing goals for managing watersheds, improving coordination of resource management and programs, creating an interjurisdictional committee, holding joint annual meetings with watershed groups and issuing an annual report.

The agreement, signed in Leakin Park in Baltimore, affects the Gwynns Falls, the Jones Falls, the Back and Patapsco rivers, and Baltimore's harbor.

Hospital to sponsor domestic violence seminar

A presentation to raise awareness of domestic violence will be held Monday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

"Domestic Violence: Building Awareness, Shaping Response" will be held from noon to 1 p.m., in the center's first-floor auditorium at 22 S. Greene St.

Among the speakers will be an expert on the subject, Dr. Elaine Alpert, an associate professor of public health and medicine at Boston University.

The program is chiefly meant to help educate health professionals in recognizing the warning signs of domestic violence, but the public is invited to attend.

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