City/County Digest


January 21, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man, 31, charged with 4 robberies in Guilford community

A 31-year-old man has been charged in four Guilford robberies -- two with a gun, one with a knife and one without a weapon -- and is being investigated in at least two more holdups in the North Baltimore neighborhood, said Detective Tom Wolf.

Roy Henderson Harrison III of North Baltimore was arrested Wednesday and was being held last night at Central Booking and Intake Center. Police said people were attacked as they were walking on the street or leaving a vehicle.

The robberies started in the middle of last month, police said.

Man shot in head, killed while getting into taxi

A man was fatally shot in the head early yesterday while getting into a cab in the 5300 block of Barbara Ave. in Northeast Baltimore, city police said.

The victim, who was not identified, was shot by an assailant who walked up to the cab and opened fire about 12:30 a.m., near Frankford Avenue, police said. Police also said they have no suspect and know of no motive, but believe the shooting was not random.

The shooting is the 14th homicide in the city this year, compared with 13 at this time last year.

Lane of Mulberry Street closed for water-line work

An eastbound lane of Mulberry Street between Cathedral and Charles streets has been closed for water main repairs, according to city transportation officials.

Two lanes will remain open. The repairs are expected to last a week, officials said.

Billie Holiday vocal contest is accepting applications

Applications are being accepted for the 14th annual Mayor's Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, which will give about 15 Marylanders the chance to publicly perform Billie Holiday classics and compete for a $1,500 prize.

The winner also will be invited to perform at Artscape, the city's arts extravaganza. Second- and third-place winners will be awarded $1,000 and $500, respectively.

Contestants must be age 18 or older and must submit an audition recorded on audiotape or compact disc by Feb. 21. Information: 410-752-8632 or www.

In Baltimore County

Panel considering tuition at state schools to meet

CATONSVILLE -- A task force created by the University System of Maryland to consider the system's tuition policies will hold its first public meeting Wednesday at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The meeting, at 6:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 3 on the Catonsville campus, will include the 15 members of the task force appointed last year by Chancellor William E. Kirwan to consider possible reforms of the system's tuition structure. Public comment will be accepted.

The meeting will be followed by similar sessions this month and next in Hagerstown, Princess Anne and College Park.

Fire heavily damages home, killing a dog

CUB HILL -- A fire heavily damaged a two-story home last night in the 9900 block of Harford Road, killing one of the two dogs that lived there, fire officials said. The home's owners were uninjured.

The fire started in the basement about 6 p.m. and took nearly 60 firefighters about an hour and a half to get it under control, said fire Capt. Glenn A. Blackwell.

Less than two hours earlier, firefighters battled a blaze at Westview Mall. The fire, in a section of the mall undergoing renovation, sent smoke billowing into the air, but did not cause any injuries or force evacuation of the mall.

Balto. County show focuses on smallpox, winter safety

TOWSON -- The current edition of the public affairs cable television program Hello, Baltimore County features updates on the county's regional role in smallpox vaccinations, an overview of snow removal operations, and household safety tips for the winter heating season.

Among the guests are Dr. Christa-Marie Singleton, county director of public health emergency preparedness; Tim Burgess, head of the county's highway division; and Capt. Glenn Blackwell of the Fire Department.

The show airs on Comcast Channel 25 through Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. Mondays; 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays; 11 a.m. Wednesdays; 7 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays.

Registration starts Monday for spring classes at center

OVERLEA -- The Overlea Fullerton Senior Center will hold registration for spring classes from Monday to Feb. 7 at the center, 4314 Fullerton Ave.

Classes begin March 10 and run for 15 weeks. Subjects include line dance, ceramics, tai chi, stained-glass making, fitness, current events and computers. Many are taught through the Community College of Baltimore County.

Registration sessions are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Later registration will be accepted on a space-available basis through the second week of classes. Information: Julie Lynn, 410-887- 5220.

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