City/County Digest


February 04, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Man, 28, sentenced to 2 life terms plus 40 years in killings

A 28-year-old man was sentenced in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday to two consecutive life terms plus 40 years for killing two men and trying to kill two other people, the state's attorney's office said.

Samuel Garrett, 28, of the 3100 block of E. Lanvale St. was found guilty by a jury in December of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime.

On Nov. 2, 2001, Garrett fired from a moving van and killed Randy Manns, 29, near the corner of Clifton Avenue and Pulaski Street in West Baltimore. Several minutes later, Garrett went to a takeout restaurant on Reisterstown Road, left the van, and shot and killed William Harrison, 24, inside the restaurant. Two other people were injured during that incident.

Fire Department given $632,000 federal grant

The Federal Emergency Management Administration awarded the Baltimore Fire Department a $632,800 grant aimed at improving city arson investigations and public education regarding fire safety, officials said yesterday.

"We want to be sure if anyone sets a fire that we come after them as hard, as fast and as aggressive as the Police Department," said U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in a City Hall ceremony attended by Mayor Martin O'Malley and Fire Department officials.

The Fire Department will use grant money to buy equipment that will allow its arson investigators to collect and analyze evidence at fire scenes. That task is now performed by police. In addition, the city will purchase a vehicle staffed by a firefighter and a health care professional from the Johns Hopkins University that will tour Baltimore to pass on fire safety tips to parents and children. It will also pay for 14 billboards and for radio advertisements to deliver similar messages.

Ex-hospital custodian given 15-year term in drug case

A former custodian at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to selling heroin and cocaine from the hospital's loading dock, the state' s attorney's office said.

Keith Cook, 43, of the 5000 block of Denview Way was sentenced to 15 years in prison by Judge John C. Themelis. Cook pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine, as well as several counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine.

Early last year, police conducted an undercover investigation, seizing more than a kilogram of cocaine and large quantities of heroin from Cook, prosecutors said.

Comcast will give $35,000 to neighborhood program

A city program that offers grants to groups who hold neighborhood events, such as festivals and street fairs, will receive a donation today.

Comcast Corp. will be giving $35,000 to the grant program, which is being relaunched as the Believe in Your Neighborhood Program. It was formerly known as the Baltimore NeighborGood Program. Eligible neighborhood organizations can apply for grants from $200 to $1,000 to pay for events that are open to the public.

For events being held through June, the application deadline for grants is March 21. For events held through December, the deadline is June 20. Groups must attend a workshop on April 5 or June 13. Information: 410-752-8632.

In Baltimore County

Supermarket evacuated after fire in freezer units

PIKESVILLE - A supermarket was evacuated yesterday morning after a fire broke out in the freezer units, Baltimore County fire officials said.

The one-alarm fire began about 7:45 a.m. at the Giant in the 3700 block of Old Court Road, said Capt. Glenn A. Blackwell. The blaze was quickly brought under control and did not cause extensive damage, he said.

The store reopened yesterday afternoon.

School set to reopen today after water main break

CATONSVILLE - Westowne Elementary School is expected to reopen today after a water main break that forced administrators to close the school early yesterday.

Baltimore County school officials said pupils were dismissed at 1 p.m. because of a break in Catonsville that affected water pressure at the school. Crews from the Baltimore City Department of Public Works were called in to make repairs.

Firefighters group donates robotic hydrant to county

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Professional Firefighters Association has donated a robotic fire hydrant to the county to bolster public education efforts.

The large, red, remote-controlled hydrant is designed to be used for community awareness and public safety education. The $5,000 device, donated to the County Council last night, moves, talks and plays music, union officials said.

The donation is part of the association's charitable efforts, which include sponsoring an annual fire prevention poster contest and supplying fire prevention coloring books.

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