City/County Digest


January 30, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

State to lower speed limit along part of Liberty Road

RANDALLSTOWN -- The State Highway Administration will lower the speed limit along 4 1/2 miles of Liberty Road, from the city line to Brenbrook Drive, from 40 mph to 35 mph Monday, officials said yesterday.

The stretch has been the scene of numerous accidents in the past seven months, prompting a state investigation. Five people were seriously hurt within 10 days in accidents in September. Between July and September, three were killed.

"A small number of aggressive drivers have been putting people's lives at risk, and we applaud this effort by the state to control the situation," said Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr.

Police in Ga. arrest man in ex-girlfriend's killing

TOWSON -- The ex-boyfriend of a psychiatrist killed in her Catonsville apartment last week was arrested in Georgia on a murder charge, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Police had been searching for James William Buie, 38, who was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the smothering death of Witney Holland Rose. The 34-year-old woman was found dead Jan. 22 in her apartment in the 400 block of Shade Tree Court.

Buie was arrested in Buckhead, Ga., after police received a tip that he was in the area. His last known address was in the 2500 block of Hollins St. in Baltimore. Rose was a second-year resident at University of Maryland Medical Center.

Hearing on schools budget rescheduled for tonight

TOWSON -- Because of yesterday's ice and snow, the public hearing on Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston's proposed 2003-2004 operating budget has been rescheduled for 7 o'clock tonight, at Dulaney High School, 255 Padonia Road.

The proposed $856.9 million budget -- a $48.6 million increase over this year -- would add full-day kindergarten at 10 schools, reduce class sizes in kindergarten through second grade, and provide increased professional development and planning time for teachers.

County man identified as intruder who was killed

A convicted drug offender from Randallstown was named by Anne Arundel County police yesterday as the man who was fatally shot early Tuesday by a 26-year-old woman after he and another man allegedly entered her rented Pasadena home and demanded cash and jewelry.

The woman, who was alone, pulled a gun from a dresser and shot Calvin Dexter Booker Jr. several times as his companion fled, she told police.

Police said a small amount of suspected drugs was found on Booker, who was convicted of drug possession in May 2001 and awaiting trial in Baltimore on drug charges stemming from an arrest a month later. His last known address was in the 7000 block of Rudisill Court. Records show he lived on Carriage Hill Circle for several years.

In Baltimore City

City man's bail revoked; witness safety a concern

At the request of prosecutors concerned about the safety of a witness, Baltimore Circuit Judge John M. Glynn revoked bail yesterday for a suspect in six criminal cases.

Prosecutors said Kevin Thompson, 22, on probation for felony drug and misdemeanor assault cases, posed a threat to public safety and had made multiple attempts to keep a state's witness from testifying in a pending trial on marijuana possession, assault and malicious destruction charges -- despite a judge's order to stay away.

Thompson, of the 5000 block of Liberty Heights Ave., had been free on $402,500 bail. The amount had accumulated through hearings before different judges as he was charged and released in two felony drug cases, a felony theft case and an assault case in which he is accused of stealing a car and pulling a knife on officers, authorities said.

Thompson has been in custody since Jan. 13, when he was arrested on a charge of witness tampering, said Assistant State's Attorney Bauer.

Design panel to see plans for Highlandtown library

The city Planning Commission's Design Advisory Panel will get its first look this afternoon at plans for Highlandtown's Southeast Anchor Library.

Residents have given their blessing to the concept for the 30,000-square-foot branch at Eastern Avenue and Conkling Street, to include a meeting space, computer laboratory, children's and teen areas, copy shop, cafe and gardens.

The panel will discuss aesthetic details of the library's design, which includes tall windows, an atrium and brick walls. Plans call for tearing down the Grand Theater, closed since 1981.

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