City/county Digest


October 30, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Police searching for man wanted in bank robberies

LUTHERVILLE - A man who tried to rob a Provident Bank branch in the 1000 block of York Road about 10:30 a.m. yesterday is wanted in at least three other bank robberies in Baltimore County this month, police said.

The robberies began Oct. 9 at a First Mariner Bank branch in the 1600 block of E. Joppa Road in Towson. On Oct. 21, police say the same man robbed a First Mariner branch in the 7000 block of Security Blvd. near Security Square Mall. Two days later, he robbed a First Mariner branch in the 7800 block of Wise Ave. in Dundalk, they said.

In each robbery, the suspect handed a teller a note demanding money. In yesterday's incident, he left the bank with no cash. Police described the robber as black, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, 150 to 175 pounds, with short black hair, a goatee and gold upper front teeth. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

St. Joseph participating in 4-year anorexia study

TOWSON - St. Joseph Medical Center has been chosen to take part in a $10 million federally funded study to find genes that might predispose people to anorexia nervosa.

In the study, doctors at 11 medical centers will study siblings who are affected by anorexia, a sometimes fatal disease that is marked by an obsessive desire to lose weight.

Dr. Harry Brandt, director of the eating disorders program at St. Joseph, said finding the gene could lead to treatments. The Towson hospital, which plans to recruit 40 sibling pairs during the next four years, received $900,000 for its part of the study.

Woodlawn High to mark stadium renovation today

WOODLAWN - Woodlawn High School boosters have scheduled a ceremony at 10 a.m. today to celebrate stadium renovation.

The ceremony will take place at the stadium, which is receiving a $520,000 makeover that includes a new irrigation system, field and track.

The ceremony is scheduled to include an appearance by Kevin Liles, a Woodlawn High alumnus and president of Def Jam records, according to Van Ross, president of Woodlawn High School PTSA.

Halloween events for kids scheduled at senior centers

TOWSON - Baltimore County Department of Aging will sponsor events through Friday at senior centers to promote Halloween Safety Week.

Each center will offer holiday treats, entertainment and activities for children. Information on dates, times and event locations can be obtained from the centers, or by calling 410-887-2024.

In Baltimore City

Cable company, foundation give schools funds for music

Comcast Corp. and VH1 Save the Music Foundation announced a donation yesterday of $400,000 worth of new musical instruments to 16 city schools.

The cable company and nonprofit foundation made the donation to encourage music education in the city's public schools. During the past four years, Comcast and VH1 have given $1 million in instruments to 50 city schools.

Man sentenced to 10 years for abusing young girl

A Baltimore man was sentenced to 10 years in prison this week for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl, the state's attorney's office announced.

Junior Martin Wong-Wing, 38, of the 6500 block of Harford Road was found guilty May 24 of second- and third-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and two counts of sexual child abuse. He was sentenced Monday by Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait.

Wong-Wing sexually abused the girl from 1999 to 2000, prosecutors said. Police learned of the abuse after the child told her grandmother.

Grant to help educate about lead poisoning

The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning has been awarded a $872,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to educate pregnant women on lead poisoning prevention.

The money, part of $94.7 million in HUD grants announced in Washington on Monday, will support the Baltimore-based nonprofit group's Safe at Home program, which provides outreach and education services to expectant parents in partnership with local clinics and community-based prenatal programs.

The HUD grants were awarded to more than 60 state and local governments, nonprofit groups and research centers, with more than $86 million targeted to help remove lead-based paint from low-income housing.

Historic preservation value to be discussed at forum

The value of historic preservation in Maryland will be the subject of a noon forum today at the Johns Hopkins University's Downtown Center, Charles and Fayette streets.

Donovan Rypkema, a consultant in real estate and economic development for the Baltimore Main Streets program and Preservation Maryland, will lead the discussion, which is free and open to the public.

Rypkema is the author of a study for Preservation Maryland about the effect of preservation programs on neighborhoods, commercial districts and displacement of longtime residents.

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