City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

January 29, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Council rejects expanding power to buy property

In a surprise move, the City Council has voted down a bill that would have broadened the city's powers to acquire property for industrial growth.

The bill, sought by Baltimore Development Corp. to encourage the reuse of vacant industrial land by giving the city the power to condemn industrial properties outside designated urban renewal areas, had passed the council on a preliminary vote two weeks ago but was defeated on a voice vote Monday night.

The vote occurred after a last-ditch lobbying effort against the bill by leaders of the Remington Neighborhood Alliance, which feared the measure could have forced residents out of their homes in areas zoned for commercial or industrial uses.

The bill could be reconsidered at the council's next meeting in two weeks at the request of a council member who voted against it, or at the request of a majority of the 19-member body.

Police release names of two homicide victims

Police released the names yesterday of two recent homicide victims - a man whose body was found Jan. 23 in Leakin Park, the victim of a stabbing, and a youth who was fatally shot Monday on a street in East Baltimore. No arrest had been made in either case.

A U.S. government surveying team working in Leakin Park found the body of Broderick Lamont Richardson, 38, near Franklintown Road. An autopsy determined that Richardson, of the 5000 block of Gwynn Oak Ave., died from a stab wound to the back.

The victim of the other slaying, early Monday, was identified as Maurice Ireland Jr., 16, of the 500 block of N. Lakewood Ave. He was shot while standing with another person in the 800 block of Ensor St.

Anyone with information about either case was urged to call the homicide squad at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

Crash victim identified as White Marsh man

BRADSHAW - Baltimore County police have identified the second man killed in a three-car crash Sunday night on Philadelphia Road.

Joseph William Bitzelberger, 51, of the 4800 block of Brightleaf Court in White Marsh was driving a 1998 Dodge Neon south on Philadelphia Road just north of Bradshaw Road when a 1993 Toyota Camry crossed the center line and hit him head-on, police said.

The driver of the Camry, Terrence Joseph Reddy, 55, of Joppa, also was killed in the accident, which police say occurred about 11 p.m. A third car ran into the back of the Camry but the driver was not seriously injured. It remained unclear why Reddy crossed into oncoming traffic, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

Chamber president named a Villa Julie vice president

STEVENSON - Terry Slade Young, president of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, will become vice president for external affairs at Villa Julie College, effective March 17, the college has announced.

In her new post, Young will work with the college president, Kevin J. Manning, on government and community relations, act as a liaison to the board of trustees, and coordinate on-campus committees.

Young has served as program coordinator of continuing medical education at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and as director of program development and public affairs at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. She also was chief of staff for former County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

Towson University event Sunday to focus on India

TOWSON - Towson University will celebrate a "Night of Peace" on Sunday with an evening focused on the food, arts and culture of India.

The event, which launches the summer 2003 Kids for Peace Camp, will feature Devin Hagerty, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who will speak about "India's Conception of Peace and Security." Children will be invited to make Diwali lanterns, traditional Indian dancers will perform and a wide array of Indian foods will be available.

The celebration runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of the University Union and is open to the public. Cost is $50 per family, up to four people. Information: Mary Hilton at 410-704-6080.

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