City/County Digest


January 02, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man, woman shot in East Baltimore in year's first homicides

A man and woman were found shot dead on an East Baltimore street early yesterday and marked the city's first two homicides of the new year, Baltimore police said.

Police were called about 1:45 a.m. to the 2100 block of Cliftwood Ave., just south of Clifton Park, after a report of a shooting. They arrived to find the victims lying on the street, a detective said.

The identity of the victims and other details involving the shooting had not been released by police.

There were 253 homicides in Baltimore last year.

Yesterday, police identified the victim in the city's last homicide of 2002.

Aldrin Garrigues, 29, whose address police could not confirm, was shot in what police described as "an execution-style slaying" at Digital Audio Connection in the 4800 block of Belair Road on Tuesday night.

Police knew of no motives or suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide squad at 410-396-2100.

Guide lists travel services for the elderly, disabled

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council, an organization of local elected executives, has released an expanded "Out & About Travel Guide" that lists transportation providers for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Eighty-seven transportation providers are included in the guide, which aims to help people with special mobility needs find easy-to-use transportation services.

The guide is available free on BMC's Web site at www.balto Printed copies can be purchased from BMC's Regional Information Center, 410-732- 9570.

In Baltimore County

Trail guide training planned for Oregon Ridge volunteers

COCKEYSVILLE -- Spring trail guide training will be offered Jan. 9 and 10 at Oregon Ridge Nature Center.

Sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $10 for one day. Trail guides volunteer during the school year to lead children on nature hikes through the park at Oregon Ridge. Information: 410-887-1815.

County offers publication with information for seniors

TOWSON -- "Baltimore County Senior Resources," a booklet containing information for the elderly and their families, is available at county senior centers and public libraries.

The publication covers topics such as legal services, financial resources, housing options, support groups and volunteer opportunities.

Organizations that want a supply of the pamphlets can call 410-887-2002.

Free screenings available for macular degeneration

TOWSON -- The National Retina Institute in Towson is offering free vision screenings to detect macular degeneration Wednesdays next week through Feb. 26.

The screenings are for adults age 55 and older. People with blue or hazel eyes, or who have had significant sun exposure, or who smoke, are most at risk of developing the condition. Symptoms include blind spots, blurring or distortion of vision, or wavy lines.

The screenings will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the institute, 901 Dulaney Valley Road, Suite 200. Appointments are required. Information: 877-337- 4500.

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