City/county Digest


October 15, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Natural gas leak forces Overlea High to evacuate, close

OVERLEA - Overlea High School was evacuated then closed yesterday morning after a natural gas leak was discovered in the rear of the building, officials said.

The leak was found in a feeder line running between the high school's main building and a wing behind it, said Charles A. Herndon, a Baltimore County schools spokesman.

The nearly 1,200 students were sent home at 9:45 a.m. The repairs were expected to take the rest of the day, and classes were scheduled to resume today, Herndon said.

Harford man charged in robberies of three stores

TOWSON - A Harford County man has been charged in robberies at two drugstores and a convenience store in Baltimore County and is a suspect in at least seven other robberies, most of them along the Harford and Belair road corridors, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Jon M. Parfrey, 35, of the 100 block of Edgewood Road in Edgewood was charged Friday in the robbery of a CVS store in the 8600 block of Belair Road on Sept. 24, a Walgreen's store in the 9600 block of Belair Road on Sept. 18, and a Royal Farms store in the first block of E. Timonium Road on Aug. 24.

In each case, police said, the robber displayed a handgun in a waistband or implied that he had one. At the time he was charged, Parfrey was being held at the Harford County Detention Center on an unrelated matter. He faces three counts of robbery, one count each of first- and second-degree assault and a handgun charge in Baltimore County, police said.

Meeting planned to discuss possible ZIP code change

ARBUTUS - The Greater Arbutus Community Alliance is sponsoring a meeting Thursday to discuss a possible ZIP code change with U.S. Postal Service representatives.

Residents in the Maiden Choice and Kensington communities would be among those affected by the change from the 21229 ZIP code, based at a post office in Baltimore, to 21227, based at a Halethorpe post office, said Donna Cameron, treasurer of the community group.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 901 Courtney Road near Wilkens Avenue.

Art auction will benefit county's nine PAL centers

COCKEYSVILLE - An art auction to benefit the Baltimore County Police Athletic League will be held Friday at Oregon Ridge Park.

Works to be auctioned can be viewed beginning at 6:30 p.m. The auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. Participants will be asked to make a $10 donation.

Nine PAL centers in the county are staffed by police officers and recreation coordinators. Each center has a recreation section and offers homework help, crafts programs and other activities.

In Baltimore City

Md. agency representative to take insurance queries

A representative of the Maryland Insurance Administration will be available to answer consumers' questions about insurance-related topics next month at the State Office Complex in Baltimore.

The representative will answer questions about coverage and explain how to file a complaint against an insurance company.

The session will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the State Office Complex, 301 W. Preston St., Room 206. No appointment is necessary. Information: 800-492-6116.

Registration ends today for holiday aid program

Today is the deadline for the Salvation Army's walk-in registration for this year's Holiday Assistance Programs. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Salvation Army Headquarters, 814 N. Light St.

Low-income families with children who live in the city might be eligible to receive food, toys, and clothing for the holidays. Applicants must provide proof of income, household bills, valid identification and Social Security numbers for all household members.

Registration for Baltimore, Howard, Anne Arundel and Carroll county residents will end Thursday. Registration locations and times: 410-783-2920.

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