In Baltimore City
Man's body found in wooded area of Leakin Park
A U.S. government surveying team working in Leakin Park yesterday discovered the body of an unidentified man several yards off a road. The man's death is being investigated as a homicide, police said.
Sgt. Darryl Massey said the federal team was working near Franklintown Road not far from a bike and walking trail about 8:30 a.m. when they found the body in a wooded area and called police.
The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and possible identification through fingerprints. Anyone with information about the death is asked to call Detective Napoleon McLain at 410-396-2100.
Man, 19, fatally shot in O'Donnell Heights
A 19-year-old man was fatally shot early yesterday as he and two male friends stood outside a house in Southeast Baltimore's O'Donnell Heights neighborhood.
The victim, Tayvon Robert Jacobs, 19, of the 2700 block of Winchester St. in West Baltimore, and two other men had left a party in the 6100 block of Plantview Way. They were standing outside the dwelling about 3:30 a.m. when an unknown gunman approached the group and shot Jacobs in the head, back and upper body with a large-caliber handgun, said Detective Michael Baier. Jacobs died at the scene; his companions were unhurt.
Baier said it did not appear to be a random shooting, but the motive was unknown. Anyone with information about the slaying is asked to call the detective at 410-396-2100.
Forum on school budget to replace board meeting
The Baltimore school board has postponed its Tuesday meeting until 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the first-floor boardroom of the school system's headquarters, 200 E. North Ave.
In place of the postponed meeting Tuesday, the board will hold a public forum on the system's proposed operating budget for next fiscal year. Schools chief Carmen V. Russo has suggested cost-cutting moves such as increasing class sizes, layoffs for academic coaches and trimming employee raises and benefits.
The forum will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the North Avenue boardroom. Information: 410-396-8577.
Free income tax assistance offered to eligible taxpayers
The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, with the Maryland State Bar Association, is offering free income tax preparation, including free electronic filing, for low-income taxpayers Saturdays beginning tomorrow.
The service will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a downtown site. It is geared to taxpayers who qualify for the Earned Income Credit, although all low-income taxpayers are eligible. A family of three earning up to $34,178 would qualify for the free help.
Those who want an appointment and location of the service, which also will be available Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, should call 410- 547-6537 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
In Baltimore County
1 man arrested in robberies, second in purse snatchings
TOWSON -- Baltimore County police have arrested two men -- one wanted in a series of robberies, the other suspected of purse snatchings at shopping centers.
Antonio R. Gilliam, 31, of the 4400 block of Old York Road has been charged with five counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and three counts of using a handgun in a violent crime, police said. He was wanted in two bank robberies, a department store robbery and robberies at Towson Town Center and Towson Marketplace. Police said he was arrested Wednesday in the 600 block of Dumbarton Road and is being held without bail at the county detention center.
The same day, Troy L. Brockington, 34, of the 5200 block of Anthony Ave. was arrested at home and charged with two purse snatchings, police said. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond. Police said both arrests were made after pictures of suspects were aired on local newscasts and the public called in tips.
Registration deadline today for sign language course
TOWSON -- An intermediate sign language course for children and adults, ages 6 and older, will be offered at Loch Raven Recreation Center, 1801 Glen Keith Blvd., starting Tuesday.
The eight-week course, presented by the Office of Therapeutic Recreation Services of the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays and feature instruction in American Sign Language.
The cost is $25 per person or $45 for a family. Registration deadline is today. Information: 410-887-5370, or 410-887-5319 for the hearing-impaired.
Registration for classes for seniors starts Monday
TOWSON -- Registration for spring classes at Baltimore County's 18 senior centers begins Monday.
The classes, many offered with the Community College of Baltimore County, include aerobics, ceramics, foreign languages, dance and strength training. Classes begin March 10 and are free, or offered for a minimal charge.
Information: local centers, or 410-887-2040.