City/County Digest


February 20, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Board of Estimates approves $150,000 contract for Clark

The city's Board of Estimates yesterday approved a $150,000-per-year employment contract for Kevin P. Clark, who is the mayor's choice to be the city's next police commissioner. The appointment must be approved by the City Council, with a vote expected March 3.

Clark, who directed the New York City Police Department's narcotics enforcement efforts, will receive a larger salary but a smaller severance package than former Commissioner Edward T. Norris. Mayor Martin O'Malley has said that Norris' severance agreement was excessive.

The Clark contract calls for the new commissioner to receive a $75,000 severance payment if he is terminated by the city. But he will receive nothing if he decides to leave to pursue a more attractive job offer, O'Malley said. The city would also pay for Clark's moving expenses from New York.

Woman charged with murder in scalding death of son, 5

A 23-year-old Baltimore woman has been charged with first-degree murder in the scalding of her 5-year-old son early last month, officials said yesterday.

Sheila Avery of the 600 block of N. Monroe St. is accused of putting her 5-year-old son, Travon Morris, into a bathtub filled with hot water Jan. 5. Travon suffered first- and second-degree burns over 50 percent of his body. He was in critical condition and breathing with the help of a ventilator until he died on Saturday.

Police charged Avery, who was being held on child abuse and assault charges, the next day.

Nephew of King scheduled to make appearances

The Rev. Derek Barber King, nephew of Martin Luther King Jr., is scheduled to make several appearances in Baltimore next week, including two that are open to the public.

The first event is planned for 11 a.m. Sunday, when King is scheduled to speak at Carter Memorial Church of God in Christ, 745 W. Fayette St.

He also is scheduled to speak from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday in the Andrew White Student Center, fourth-floor programming room, at Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St.

In Baltimore County

Council meeting postponed by snow reset for tonight

TOWSON - Tuesday night's County Council meeting, which was canceled because of the snowstorm, has been rescheduled for tonight.

The council will meet at 7 o'clock in the council chambers on the second floor of the old courthouse, 400 Washington Ave.

Urban planning expert to speak on trends in area

TOWSON - Royce Hanson, an expert in urban planning and policy, will discuss, "The State of the Baltimore Region: A Baseline for the New Century," at today's meeting of the Baltimore County Planning Board.

Hanson, interim director of the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will examine the effects of demographic trends on land-use patterns, and the impact on ecology and natural resources. His talk will focus on Baltimore County.

The presentation will take place at 4 p.m. in Room 407 of the County Circuit Courts Building, 401 Bosley Ave.

Police Department offers grants for crime prevention

TOWSON - Grants for community crime prevention and youth activities are available through the Baltimore County Police Department.

Applications for grants to fund programs aimed at crime reduction and youth intervention are due by March 10. The grants cover one year of funding beginning in July. Nonprofit groups and improvement associations are among those eligible for funds.

Information on rules and requirements: David Henderson, the department's grant management team, 410-887-5637.

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