City/County Digest

City/County Digest

March 28, 2003

SPARROWS POINT — In Baltimore County

Man, 57, burned in explosion at plant dies of his injuries

SPARROWS POINT - The 57-year-old Baltimore Marine Industries Inc. employee who was severely burned in an explosion at its Sparrows Point plant Sunday died from his injuries yesterday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

James Ham of the 3600 block of Howard Park Ave. in Baltimore and another man were at a transformer substation near a ship launching facility in the 600 block of Shipyard Road when an oil switching device they were working on exploded. The other man was not injured, officials said.

Investigators have determined the explosion and resulting fire began in the electrical transformer and were accidental, said Capt. Glenn A. Blackwell, a county Fire Department spokesman.

Detectives seek victims of purse snatchings

TOWSON - Baltimore County detectives are seeking other possible victims of an East Baltimore man accused of grabbing purses from elderly women in supermarkets.

Troy Lee Brockington, 24, of the 5200 block of Anthony Ave. was charged with grand theft and petty theft Wednesday. He was also arrested Jan. 22 and charged with one count of robbery and four counts of theft, after police alleged that he stole purses at supermarkets in the Parkville and White Marsh areas. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail.

County investigators believe he was also involved in thefts in Baltimore City and Howard County over the past three months. Anyone who has been the victim of a purse snatching and has not reported it is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 410-887-5040.

Hopkins medical ethicist to take part in lecture

TOWSON - Dr. Peter B. Terry, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will discuss ethical issues in medicine Monday night, the fifth lecture in the Baltimore County League of Women Voters' six-part series, Focus on Contemporary Issues II.

Terry, a medical ethicist, will discuss topics such as stem-cell research, gene therapy and end-of-life decision making.

Light refreshments will be served at 5:15 p.m., and the talk begins at 6 p.m., at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-464-1902.

In Baltimore City

Fund established for son of Marine killed in Iraq

A trust fund has been established to pay for the college education of the son of a Baltimore Marine killed in Iraq in a helicopter crash last week, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger announced yesterday.

The fund is for 10-year-old Kenneth Waters-Bey of Baltimore, the son of Staff Sgt. Kendell Damon Waters-Bey. The Marine, who grew up near Herring Run Park and attended Northern and Harbor City high schools, was among 12 U.S. and British servicemen who died March 20 when their helicopter crashed near the Kuwait border.

Donations may be sent to: Harbor Bank of Maryland, Account No. 8100247851, 3240 Belair Road, Baltimore 21213-1228.

Interfaith leaders schedule Prayers for World Peace

A group of interfaith religious leaders will gather from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for Prayers for World Peace at Faith Presbyterian Church, 5400 Loch Raven Blvd. in Northeast Baltimore.

The event will include readings, prayers and songs for peace. The service, which will include Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Native American participants, "is not only a time to pray, but a time to prayerfully listen and learn about other religions, customs and cultures so that we may, through a better understanding, build bridges between people," said organizer Kay Ballard.

Goodwill to hold workshop on jobs for ex-offenders

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake will sponsor a job preparation workshop for ex-offenders today at the agency's headquarters, 222 E. Redwood St.

The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon, will feature representatives from local employers.

It also will include discussions on topics ranging from self-image and skills training to money management and life after prison. Those attending can also get help with resume preparation.

Officials to discuss project to restore Stony Run

City officials heading a public works project to restore the Stony Run stream in North Baltimore will present their plans at a public meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Loyola College.

Bill Stack, Baltimore's director of water quality, and other speakers will describe a construction project that they hope will restore year-round flow to the stream. Neighborhood residents are invited to discuss aesthetic and erosion issues.

The meeting will be held in Room B01 in Knott Hall at the college, 4501 N. Charles St. The nonprofit Jones Falls Watershed Association will be the host.

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