City/County Digest


October 22, 2002


Dixon introduces bill on shrinking council if referendum fails

City Council President Sheila Dixon introduced a bill last night proposing an alternative method of shrinking the council if a referendum fails Nov. 5.

Voters will consider next month whether to cut the council from 19 to 15 members and create 14 smaller single-member districts, plus an at-large council president. This would be a change from the system used now, which uses six larger three-member districts.

If the referendum fails, the City Council's legislative committee will hold hearings on Dixon's alternative: a 15-member council with seven two-member districts, plus an at-large president. The earliest Dixon's proposal could be put on the ballot for a public vote would be in November 2004.

Dundalk man indicted in deaths of 2 prostitutes

A Baltimore grand jury indicted a 35-year-old Dundalk man yesterday in the strangulation deaths of two prostitutes this year in the industrial area of Canton, the Baltimore state's attorney's office announced.

John P. Garcia of the 7400 block of Alvah Ave. was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and third-degree sex offense in the deaths of Melody Ann Brock, 33, and Danielle D. Fell, 18. Both women were found partially clothed and were known to work the Patterson Park area of East Baltimore, according to police.

Brock, a resident of Railway Avenue, was discovered April 9, and Fell, of Taylor Avenue, was found May 13. Garcia is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 19 in Baltimore Circuit Court before Judge Carol E. Smith.

Man stabbed in argument Friday dies of his injuries

A man found stabbed several times on an East Baltimore street Friday night died Sunday of his wounds, becoming the city's 214th homicide, a police spokesman said. No arrest had been made and police knew of no motive.

The victim, Ronald Taylor, 32, of the 1800 block of Rutland Ave., was found by Eastern District police about 9 p.m. lying face down in the 1600 block of N. Bond St. bleeding from multiple stab wounds, said police spokesman Officer Troy J. Harris.

Taylor was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday, Harris said. Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Dave Peckoo at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

Harbour School to open campus in Owings Mills

OWINGS MILLS - The Harbour School at Baltimore will celebrate the opening of its Owings Mills campus, called Harbour Crossroads, at 2 p.m. Sunday at the school, 11251 Dolfield Blvd.

The Harbour School at Baltimore has about 100 students in grades one through 12. The students have learning disabilities, such as attention-deficit disorder and autism.

Founded in Annapolis in 1982 as a nonpublic school, the Harbour School serves children from 13 public systems, including Baltimore and Washington. The school has a second campus in Annapolis.

Two math educators honored by Md. group

TOWSON - Two mathematics educators from Baltimore County have been honored by the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics for their excellent work and leadership within the teaching community.

Darnell Peaker of Hebbville Elementary School in southwest Baltimore County was named Outstanding Elementary Mathematics Teacher. Penelope Booth, coordinator of secondary mathematics for the school system, was named Outstanding Mathematics Educator.

Peaker and Booth were among 12 educators who received awards recently from the council at its annual banquet at Cross Keys.

Mental health fair planned tomorrow at Oregon Ridge

COCKEYSVILLE - Baltimore County will hold its fifth annual Town Meeting and Mental Health Fair from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at Oregon Ridge Park lodge.

The fair, sponsored by the county Health Department's Bureau of Mental Health, will give residents a chance to meet with mental health providers and receive information about services for people with mental illness.

The event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend should call Diane Cabot at 410-235-1178.

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