City/county Digest


October 28, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Police say shootings of 2 men apparently are double suicide

FULLERTON -- The fatal shootings of two young men at a Fullerton-area apartment complex Saturday night appear to be a double suicide, county police said yesterday.

The victims each left a note, but the contents were not divulged. Both were found dead from a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

They were identified by police as Marshal Bennett, 18, and Michael Chambers Jr., 19, but their addresses were not disclosed. The bodies were found in the first block of Leatherwood Place at the Town & Country Northeast Apartment complex about 8:30 p.m. by officers responding to a 911 call.

Police would not say where the bodies were found -- in an apartment, a car or on the grounds of the sprawling complex, between the Beltway and Rossville Boulevard -- or what kind of gun or guns were used.

Bentley, Ruppersberger to debate at college tonight

TOWSON -- C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Helen Delich Bentley, candidates for the 2nd Congressional District seat, will discuss the economy, the environment, prescription drugs and homeland security in a debate at 8 tonight at Towson University's Stephens Hall Theater.

Bentley, a Republican, served in the House of Representatives from 1985 to 1995. Ruppersberger, a Democrat, is Baltimore County executive. The race will help determine the balance of power in Congress for the next two years.

The debate will be aired live by Comcast cable on Channel 8. It will be aired again at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Information: 410-704- 2230.

Candidates forum planned for 6th Legislative District

DUNDALK -- Residents of the 6th Legislative District in southeast Baltimore County are invited to a candidates forum from 6:30 to 9 tonight at St. George's and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Dundalk Avenue and South Center Place.

Candidates for General Assembly and the 2nd Congressional District seat have been invited. The 6th District includes Dundalk, Essex and part of Rosedale.

Information: 410-285-4674.

Nature center meeting to discuss its relocation

OWINGS MILLS -- Irvine Nature Center will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow to discuss its move to a 116-acre site on Garrison Forest Road, across from Ruxton Country School.

Representatives of the center -- at St. Timothy's School on Greenspring Avenue -- will discuss plans to restore natural habitats and create walking trails, demonstration gardens and indoor and outdoor exhibits. The meeting will be held at Ruxton Country School, 11202 Garrison Forest Road.

Information and directions: 410-484-2413.

In Baltimore City

1 man killed, 1 wounded in separate shootings

One man was killed and another wounded in separate shootings late Saturday in West Baltimore, a few minutes and less than a dozen blocks apart. It was not known if the incidents were related.

Police found a man lying dead at North Avenue and Smallwood Street about 10:40 p.m., shot in the head, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's name was withheld pending notification of out-of-town relatives, police said.

A few minutes later, police responding to a shooting at North Avenue and Bloomingdale Road found an unidentified man with wounds to the chest and leg, Monroe said. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Information on his condition was not available last night.

Volunteers sought to clean parks for `Green Thunder'

Mayor Martin O'Malley is asking city residents and neighborhood groups to volunteer to help clean the city's parks as part of "Operation Green Thunder" on Saturday.

Those who want to volunteer to pick up trash and cut weeds should call 410-396-7000. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. in Clifton, Patterson, Druid Hill, Gwynns Falls/Leakin and Carroll parks.

Volunteers should meet at: Clifton Park, the swimming pool, St. Lo Drive; Patterson Park, Pulaski Monument, 200 S. Linwood Ave.; Druid Hill Park, by the tennis courts; Gwynns Falls Park, by the tennis courts, 4900 Windsor Mill Road; and Carroll Park, 2100 Washington Blvd.

The city Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Public Works and other agencies will have representatives in those parks until 2 p.m. Saturday to hear complaints or suggestions from city residents, according to parks spokesman Nathaniel Massaquoi.

Part of Pulaski Highway to close for work this week

Lanes on Pulaski Highway from Haven Street to Ellwood Avenue will close at night this week, the city Office of Transportation has announced.

One eastbound and one westbound lane will be closed from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. starting today and continuing daily through Sunday, weather permitting.

One lane of traffic in each direction will remain open. The lane closures are for paving and crosswalk work. Motorists should use alternate routes.

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