City/County Digest


City/county Digest

February 12, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Design firm set to present vision for Inner Harbor

A New York-based urban design firm will lay out its vision for the Inner Harbor at a public meeting from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today, in the Frederick Room on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St.

Cooper, Robertson & Partners has spent almost a year working on the first new master plan for the waterfront in about 40 years. Although much of the harbor area is built out or soon will be, the plan could guide development there for years, with an emphasis on improving pedestrian access.

Baltimore Development Corp., the city's economic development arm, chose Cooper, Robertson over 13 firms in April. BDC is paying the company about $200,000.

Empowerment zone to give $110,000 to east-side group

The city's empowerment zone has agreed to provide $110,000 to fund two positions at the quasi-public corporation overseeing the east-side revitalization effort centered around a biotech park.

The funds will pay for the salaries and benefits of Davon Barbour, who will serve as project manager for East Baltimore Development Inc., and for a minority business development coordinator to be named.

The biotech park project north of the Johns Hopkins medical complex is in the eastern part of the empowerment zone, a $100 million, federally funded renewal effort that includes distressed areas of East, West and South Baltimore.

Man dies after being shot on North Baltimore street

A 26-year-old man was shot on a street in North Baltimore yesterday evening and died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police were investigating.

The victim, Raynard Powell of the 500 block of Radnor Ave., was standing in the 4000 block of Old York Road shortly after 5 p.m. when an unknown assailant shot him several times and fled, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

Harris said Powell stumbled into the nearby Wilson Park Barber Shop and collapsed on the floor. Someone in the shop called police. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Donald Bradshaw at 410-396-2100.

Small fire at Pimlico Middle intentionally set, officials say

A small fire at Pimlico Middle School on Monday appears to have been intentionally set, fire officials said yesterday.

A sofa in a third-floor lounge was set on fire about 7 p.m., school and fire officials said. No injuries were reported, Fire Department spokesman Mike Maybin said. No damage estimate was given.

Classes were canceled about 9:30 a.m. yesterday because of residual smoke and the presence of potentially harmful debris, school officials said. The school, in the 3500 block of W. Northern Parkway, was scheduled to reopen on time today.

Donation to allow schools to teach conflict resolution

In an effort to curb youth violence in the city, a Jewish philanthropic organization donated $87,000 yesterday to teach conflict resolution classes in Baltimore's 23 middle schools.

The donation by The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore will allow health, science and social studies teachers in the city's middle schools to start teaching six lessons a year on techniques children can use to avoid fistfights and more serious violence.

14-Marine detachment leaves for Middle East

A detachment of 14 Marines from the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, which has its headquarters at the reserve training center in Northeast Baltimore, left over the weekend for duty in the Middle East.

The group supports the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and the 1st Marine Division, which have been deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Its mission includes breaching minefields and obstacles, building roads, purifying water and constructing defensive positions, said Lt. Col. James Hutson, a battalion spokesman.

The activated Marines have orders for one year of service but could be on active duty for up to two years, Hutson said.

In Baltimore County

Man sought in Fla. killing found dead in local motel

WOODLAWN - The 35-year-old man sought by Baltimore County police in the killing of his ex-wife in Florida has been found dead, police said yesterday.

Anthony Eric Kirkland, who was from the Reisterstown area, apparently killed himself, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman. However, detectives are waiting for a report from the medical examiner.

Kirkland's body was discovered Monday by cleaning staff at the Motel 6 in the 1600 block of Whitehead Road in Woodlawn. He had checked into the motel five days earlier, Vinson said. Police had been searching for him since Feb. 3, when Orlando, Fla., deputy sheriffs charged him in a warrant with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his ex-wife, Yvonne Kirkland, in a motel near Orlando.

Community college board plans meeting today

ESSEX - The board of trustees of the Community College of Baltimore County will meet in public session at 7:30 p.m. today in Room C213 in the College Community Center, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

The agenda will be posted outside the room one hour before the meeting. Anyone wishing to address the board must sign up outside the room. Comments must pertain to agenda topics and are limited to two minutes.

Information: Jo-Ann Klatt, 410-869-1222.

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