City/County Digest


January 28, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Two men shot, one fatally, near Old Town fire station

One man was fatally shot and another seriously wounded early yesterday as they stood near the city's Old Town fire station

About 2:30 a.m., police responding to reports of shots fired in the 800 block of Ensor St. found one man dead from bullet wounds to the head, an arm and the back. The survivor had been driven to Johns Hopkins Hospital and was reported in critical condition last night.

Names were withheld pending notification of relatives. Police said no arrest had been made and no motive was known.

Police also were continuing their investigation of a triple shooting Sunday night at a West Baltimore carryout that left one man dead,

Killed was Archie Bernard Clark, 31, of the 1900 block of Penrose Ave., who died about 10 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Reported in critical condition there were Michael Johnson, 20, of the 2000 block of W. Saratoga St., and Thomas Harrison, 23, of the 1300 block of Harlem Ave.

Bill would throw the book at library branch closings

ANNAPOLIS - If a Baltimore senator has his way, the city won't be able to close library branches without breaking the law.

Democrat George W. Della Jr. introduced a bill yesterday that would require the mayor and City Council to maintain one central facility of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and at least 21 branches in various communities - the number now in operation, he said.

"Last year, when they did in fact close libraries, the mayor said, `We're not going to close any more.' Well, then, let's put it in law," Della said.

Lanes at two tunnels to be closed this week

Lanes of the Fort McHenry and Harbor tunnels will be closed this week, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced.

The southbound left tube of the Fort McHenry Tunnel will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. through Thursday while crews work on handrails on the tunnel's catwalk. The tube will reopen daily to accommodate southbound morning rush-hour traffic, officials said.

The southbound Harbor Tunnel will be closed from 7 p.m. today to 5 a.m. tomorrow for maintenance, officials said. Two-way traffic will use the northbound tunnel.

In Baltimore County

No one injured when car crashes into day care center

PERRY HALL - A young woman driving a Nissan Sentra crashed through a wall and into a classroom at a day care center yesterday afternoon, police said.

No one was injured in the accident at the Perry Hall Learning Center in the 9600 block of Harford Road, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman. It appears the driver confused the gas pedal with the brake pedal, he added.

The building was declared structurally sound yesterday by county inspectors. However, the answering machine for the Perry Hall Learning Center said the infants' and toddlers' classes would be moved today to another facility owned by the company.

Man guilty in shooting, robbery attempt in Glyndon

TOWSON - A 23-year-old Reisterstown man pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday in the random shooting and attempted robbery last fall of a 24-year-old outside his parents' Glyndon home.

David W. Sies, who has been on home detention since his arrest in September, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and use of a handgun during a violent crime. He is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

Prosecutors say Sies' co-defendant, Jeremy Alisaid, 24, also of Reisterstown, is accused of shooting and wounding Ian Mitchell during the robbery attempt. Alisaid is scheduled to go on trial in April.

Cards listing resources for the homeless available

TOWSON - Resources to help the homeless are listed on a revised "Street Card" created by the Baltimore County Public Library and the Baltimore County Coalition for the Homeless.

The card helps homeless people locate shelter, legal assistance, job-skill training and employment, food, health care, clothing and income assistance.

The card is available at all library branches, police stations and social service offices. Multiple copies can be obtained by calling 410-887-6196.

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