City/County Digest

City/County Digest

March 21, 2003|By From staff reports

WASHINGTON — In Baltimore City

Mayors conference names O'Malley to security panel

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington appointed Mayor Martin O'Malley yesterday to serve as chairman of its new homeland security task force.

The position will provide O'Malley with a national platform for an issue he has heralded for months: getting more federal money for the local police, fire and medical employees who provide the nation's first response to domestic terrorism.

The organization consists of 1,183 mayors from cities with populations exceeding 30,000 people. It has been lobbying since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to get money to help pay for the escalating costs of protecting local infrastructure.

Handgun goes off in home, wounding 2 young sisters

Two young sisters were admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday evening after they were wounded by a single bullet from a large-caliber handgun their father had just finished cleaning, city police said.

The 30-year-old father had placed the 9 mm semiautomatic on a living room table in their home in the 3200 block of Lily Ave. in Lakeland about 5 p.m. when it discharged, wounding one daughter, 6, in both legs, and the other, a 2-year-old, in one leg.

Names were not immediately released. Police said the shooting -- which remained under investigation by Southern District detectives -- appeared accidental, and that the injuries were not life-threatening. No charge was lodged against the father.

Repairs to close portions of Saratoga, W. Forest Park

Portions of Saratoga Street and West Forest Park Avenue will close this month for road and water main repairs, the city's Department of Transportation announced yesterday.

Saratoga will be closed between Calvert and St. Paul streets beginning Monday for work on a water main. The city expects Saratoga to reopen April 14, a department spokeswoman said.

The eastbound lane of West Forest Park will be closed March 31 for road repairs and will remain closed for about a month, the spokeswoman said.

Lead paint forum to offer free testing

The Baltimore Health Department will provide free lead testing for city children tomorrow at a forum sponsored by the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning.

The forum, which will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baltimore City Community College's Liberty campus in the 2900 block of Liberty Heights Ave., will also feature workshops, lead-safe work practices and other demonstrations. Continental breakfast and lunch and child care will be provided.

For information or to register, call 410-534-6447 or 800-370-5323.

Classes teaching gardening set tomorrow and March 29

Gardening classes are offered from 10:15 a.m. to noon tomorrow and March 29 at the Waverly branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 33rd and Barclay streets.

The classes will culminate in a community gardening and work day April 12.

Information: 410-396-1888.

In Baltimore County

Two brothers accused in killing found in N.C.

TOWSON -- FBI agents have arrested and charged two brothers who Baltimore County police say fled to North Carolina after they shot and killed a 27-year-old man Sunday in Turners Station.

Tavon Owens, 21, and Jerry Keith Owens, 24, both of no fixed address, were located by investigators in a trailer park outside Raleigh on Wednesday, Baltimore County police said. They are charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Tyland Ivory Baylor of the 200 block of Avondale Road.

They were being held last night at the Robeson County Detention Center awaiting an extradition hearing.

Police seek suspect in 3 bank robberies

TOWSON -- Police are searching for a man they believe has held up at least three banks in the county, including one yesterday.

Officers said the man entered the Provident Bank branch in the 1000 block of York Road about 11 a.m. yesterday. He handed a teller a note demanding money. He also left behind a package, which was removed by the county's bomb squad, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman.

The same man is a suspect in holdups at two Bank of America branches -- one in the 7900 block of Belair Road in Fullerton on Feb. 26, the other in the 2300 block of W. Joppa Road in Brooklandville on March 7, Vinson said. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Arbutus group schedules homeland defense meeting

ARBUTUS -- The Arbutus Improvement Association has scheduled a presentation on "Homeland Defense -- Domestic Preparedness" at its meeting Tuesday.

The presentation will address issues such as the federal government's color-coded preparedness system and what residents can do to protect themselves.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. at the Arbutus library, 1581 Sulphur Spring Road.

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