City/County Digest


January 31, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Gas leak closes Mitchell Courthouse; trials postponed

The Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse in the 200 block of N. Calvert St. was closed yesterday because of a gas leak, and it may be closed today for the same reason.

Courthouse East, in the old post office building across Calvert Street, was not affected by the leak and will remain open today - with felony arraignments, bail reviews, family court and civil matters proceeding as scheduled.

Any trial set to begin today in the Mitchell Courthouse will be postponed. Trials set to begin in Courthouse East will also be postponed, unless a plea deal can be reached, the city state's attorney's office said.

Jurors with a summons to appear for duty beginning today should instead report to the courthouse Monday. Jurors in continuing trials in the Mitchell Courthouse should report Monday instead of today. Jurors in continuing trials in Courthouse East report as normal. Juvenile proceedings are canceled today and will be rescheduled.

New police commissioner announces drug raid results

A 31-year-old Southwest Baltimore man was arrested yesterday on drug distribution charges in a bust that netted detectives three guns, $30,000 in cash and a pound of cocaine, police said.

Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark announced the drug bust at his first news conference in Baltimore during a visit to the city to meet commanders and officers. He officially takes office Monday, replacing former Commissioner Edward T. Norris, who joined the Maryland State Police as superintendent.

Police said detectives in the Central District's drug enforcement unit had been investigating drug dealing at Laurens Street and Pennsylvania Avenue for two months. The investigation is continuing and police officials requested that the name of the man arrested be withheld in anticipation of more arrests.

Hewlett-Packard donating laptops to 140 city teachers

A group of Baltimore teachers will receive free laptop computers during a presentation today at Lombard Middle School.

Hewlett-Packard Co. is donating computers to 140 teachers, who will also receiving training. The computers are valued at about $300,000.

The computer donation is a part of Baltimore Digital Village Day - an effort to help the city's east-side community prepare for jobs in the 21st century, said city schools spokeswoman Edie House.

Tutoring, jobs program receives $40,000 donation

A program that provides tutoring and job training for hundreds of at-risk Baltimore students each year got a boost yesterday from a $40,000 donation.

The contribution from PepsiCo Inc. to the 16-year-old program called Futures was announced at Forest Park High School during a news conference attended by Mayor Martin O'Malley.

"If we are going to be the greatest city in America, we need the greatest work force in America," O'Malley said.

The program, which has an annual budget of $2.6 million, is funded mostly through state and city contributions. It has helped at least 4,000 young people since 1986 with tutoring, job fairs, career preparation, summer employment and life skills training.

In Baltimore County

Congressman to open office in senior center in Towson

TOWSON - Democratic Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will open a community office at Bykota Senior Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Cardin will hold office hours there at 11 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month. At Tuesday's opening, constituents can meet the congressman and his staff and learn about available services.

Bykota Senior Center is at 611 Central Ave. in Towson.

Museum schedules tour of Great Baltimore Fire site

LUTHERVILLE - The Fire Museum of Maryland will hold a Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 tour from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

The day begins at the museum with a brief introduction by local historian Wayne Schaumburg. Guests then will travel by bus to the center of the fire site and learn the cause and magnitude of the blaze, which destroyed 140 acres of downtown Baltimore.

The cost is $35 and $30 for museum members. Information and reservations: 410-321-7500.

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