City/County Digest


January 22, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Randallstown man dies after his car overturns on JFX

RUXTON -- A Randallstown man died last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after his car crashed and overturned on the Jones Falls Expressway north of the city line, state police reported.

Joseph Bernard Rabinowitz, 60, of the 3000 block of Algiers Road was driving a 1992 Chevrolet Corsica north at a high speed near Ruxton Road about 7:50 p.m. when it ran onto the grass median, went up an embankment and rolled over several times before landing in the fast lane, police said.

Rabinowitz, the lone occupant, was thrown from the vehicle. He was flown to Shock Trauma and was pronounced dead at 9:07 p.m., police said.

Police searching for man wanted in robberies, thefts

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are searching for a man wanted in four recent street robberies and purse thefts around shopping centers and grocery stores in the Belair Road and Harford Road corridors.

County police said the man stole a purse from a shopping cart in the Mars Supermarket in the 8600 block of Belair Road on Jan. 13. The next day, police said, the same man stole a purse from a woman in the parking lot of Beltway Plaza Shopping Center in the 7600 block of Belair Road. The woman was slightly injured after struggling with the man. The same day, police said the man stole a purse from a customer at the Mars Supermarket in the 9600 block of Harford Road. On Jan. 15, police said he stole a purse from a customer inside the Giant Food store in the 7900 block of Belair Road.

Police are asking anyone with information about the robberies to call 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church to mark 115th anniversary

CATONSVILLE -- Emmanuel Lutheran Church will celebrate its 115th anniversary Sunday with services at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, 929 Ingleside Ave.

The congregation was formally organized Jan. 19, 1888. The church moved from Edmondson Avenue in Baltimore to Catonsville in 1957. Emmanuel Lutheran School, at the same site, has 200 pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The public is invited to the celebration.

Auditions for `Wizard of Oz' set for today and Saturday

DUNDALK -- The Sky is the Limit, an arts program sponsored by Baltimore County's Office of Therapeutic Recreation Services, will hold auditions for its spring production of The Wizard of Oz from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Youngsters and adults, with and without disabilities, are encouraged to audition. Tryouts will be held at North Point Government Center, 7701 Wise Ave. Show dates are May 8, 9 and 10.

Information: 410-887-5370 or 410-887-5319 for the hearing impaired.

In Baltimore City

N.H. officer testifies for 2 accused of killing intruder

The trial of Harford County businessmen Kenny Der and Darrell R. Kifer -- charged with killing an intruder in their East Baltimore warehouse a year and a half ago -- continued yesterday, with the defense calling to the stand a New Hampshire policeman as an expert in the dynamics of violent encounters.

Massad Ayoob, who publishes papers and conducts training seminars on lethal force, said the defendants perceived their lives were being threatened. He said they acted appropriately by shooting, rather than trying to run out of the warehouse when they were confronted by the intruder June 30, 2001.

Der and Kifer are charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Tygon Walker, 37, who broke into their Wolfe Street warehouse. The defense has argued that the men acted in self-defense, while the prosecution said they committed murder. The trial continues today.

MTA to discontinue part of No. 8 bus service

The Maryland Transit Administration has announced it will discontinue service on the No. 8 bus from the University of Maryland Transit Center to the Inner Harbor, effective Tuesday.

The MTA is discontinuing the service in favor of a quicker route, said spokeswoman Suzanne Bond. Riders at the transit center, near the University of Maryland Medical Center, will be able to use other bus service to get to the Inner Harbor.

Information: 410-539- 5000.

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