City/County Digest


January 15, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Emergency shelter may stay open because of weather

With temperatures not expected to exceed 32 degrees today, city officials might continue operating an emergency overflow shelter at 1901 Pennsylvania Ave. under the Code Blue alert activated yesterday by Health Commissioner Dr. Peter L. Beilenson.

Under Code Blue, the shelter is open from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., and transportation is provided to people who cannot get there on their own. People can stand at four designated transportation spots -- 411 Cathedral St., 220 N. Gay St., 2000 Broadway or 3411 Bank St. -- or call 311 to request a ride.

Monique Vinscon, spokeswoman for the Health Department, cautioned that officials decide on a daily basis whether to open the shelter. Information: Office of Homeless Services, 410- 396-3757.

Line blockage sends sewage into creek

A sewer blockage in Southwest Baltimore sent an estimated 100,000 gallons of sewage into Maidens Choice Creek, a tributary of the Gwynns Falls. City Public Works Director George L. Winfield urged area residents to avoid contact with both bodies of water.

City workers were dispatched last week to check out a reported leak, which public works officials believe resulted from a blockage in a rugged area near Dukeland Street and Wilkens Avenue where 10-inch and 27-inch sewer lines meet. They blamed the blockage on recent heavy rains that moved debris, including rocks and sand, into the lines.

Crews are using high-pressure hoses to remove the clog, but officials said that if the line is damaged, major construction could be required. Engineers are examining how to bypass the sewer with a temporary line, the department said.

2 charged in fatal shooting; police seeking 2 other men

City police identified yesterday a man fatally shot Monday night in his West Baltimore home and have charged two men with first-degree murder. Two other men were being sought.

Police said James Randolph, 42, of the 1300 block of Harlem Ave. was shot in the head about 7:15 p.m. after four men accosted Randolph's brother outside the home and used him to gain entrance to the dwelling, police said.

Charged with first-degree murder and held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center are Ronnie Burston, 28, of the 1500 block of E. 28th St. and Jermaine Blackwell, 20, of the 1700 block of Abbotston St. The shooting was the city's 13th homicide this year, compared with six this time last year, police said.

In Baltimore County

Students to spend holiday renovating Waverly house

BROOKLANDVILLE -- Students at the Park School will be spending their Martin Luther King Jr. school holiday Monday helping to renovate a house they are sponsoring with Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity.

Park School made a commitment to sponsor the rehabilitation of 10 Chesapeake Habitat houses in 10 years. The school is working on its third house. The students raise the $60,000 to cover the cost of renovating each house, and provide volunteer labor.

The students are working on a house in the 900 block of Montpelier St. in Baltimore's Waverly neighborhood. The house is scheduled to be dedicated in May.

Civil rights leader to speak at King service at St. Paul's

BROOKLANDVILLE -- Civil rights leader Ruby Sales will be the speaker at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's School.

Sales was participating in a civil rights picket in 1965 in Lowndes County, Ala., with a seminarian, Jonathan Daniels, when Daniels was fatally shot with a bullet intended for her.

Sales is the director of SpiritHouse, a national organization in Washington that uses art, education, research and reflection to support a nonviolent struggle for justice. She will speak in the school chapel. Information: 410-825-4400, Ext. 3075.

Police officer is honored for arrest of Pa. fugitive

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police Officer William Jerome Ruth Jr. received an honorable mention from the Highway Safety Committee of the International Associations of Chiefs of Police for a traffic stop last year that led to the arrest of a man wanted in an attempted double homicide.

Ruth, a 22-year veteran of the department assigned to the Cockeysville Precinct, stopped the car in April when he noticed the license plate was dangling by a loose bolt and the registration stickers had expired, police said.

Ruth arrested the driver, James Williams, a fugitive from Pennsylvania who was suspected of trying to kill his wife and her boyfriend. Williams also had been charged with auto theft and armed robbery, police said. The car was stolen and two long guns, a handgun and a .22-caliber rifle were found inside, police said.

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