City/County Digest

City/County Digest

April 11, 2003|By From staff reports

TOWSON — In Baltimore County

Council bill limiting development at office, retail center signed

TOWSON - Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. has signed a County Council bill setting out basic-services maps for the county that included a last-minute amendment limiting development at Green Spring Station.

Plans to expand the office and retail complex at Falls and Greenspring Valley roads have been the focus of dispute between developers and community groups for several years. The amendment gave a failing rating to three intersections nearby, which means the county cannot issue building permits in the area until traffic conditions improve.

The bill was approved by the council Monday night.

Father, daughter claim jackpot in Mega Millions

RANDALLSTOWN - Nearly two weeks after the drawing, a father and daughter from Randallstown stepped forward yesterday with the winning ticket to claim a huge Mega Millions lottery jackpot.

The Maryland Lottery had run advertisements on the mystery of who had the ticket for the drawing March 28 that was purchased at Liberty Wine and Spirits. The winners answered that question yesterday only for lottery officials - choosing to remain publicly anonymous.

While the drawing had a pre-tax annuity value of $20 million, the winners chose to take a single cash payment that will amount to $7.8 million after taxes, the lottery agency said.

Montgomery offers post to ex-county job candidate

TOWSON - Beverley Swaim-Staley, who last month removed her name from consideration for the second-highest post in Baltimore County government, was nominated yesterday as Montgomery County's director of management and budget.

Swaim-Staley, a former state Department of Transportation official, will be paid $140,000, the amount Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. wanted to pay her to be county administrative officer. The County Council refused to approve that salary.

In Baltimore City

Police investigate deaths of two found in apartment

The deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found yesterday in the woman's East Baltimore apartment appeared to be the result of a murder-suicide, city police said. Names were withheld pending notification of family members.

Police found the bodies about 2 p.m. in an apartment in the 1500 block of Kia Court. The woman had been absent from her job for several days, and co-workers had called the police. Both had been shot.

In an unrelated incident, two New York City men were shot -one fatally - during a robbery in the 2000 block of E. Fairmount Ave. about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Police said Ramon Santana, 30, was shot twice in the head and died at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ralphee Minada, 21, was shot several times and was in fair condition there.

20-year prison sentence in fatal stabbing of man

A 31-year-old East Baltimore man was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday in the city Circuit Court for the fatal stabbing of a mentally ill man he had tried to rob, prosecutors announced.

Derrick Feaster of the 600 block of N. Linwood Ave. pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and carrying a deadly weapon in the April death last year of Donnie Ray Troy, 49.

The two men, who prosecutors said had been friends, were in the basement of Troy's house in the 3000 block of McElderry St. when Feaster stabbed Troy four times, authorities said.

Civil War riot anniversary to be marked tomorrow

The 142nd anniversary of the Baltimore Riot - a confrontation between Southern-sympathizing city residents and Union soldiers from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts that marked the first bloodshed of the Civil War - will be commemorated tomorrow at the former railroad station where the violence was centered.

Events are to begin at 10:30 a.m. with a parade from the foot of Broadway in Fells Point along Lancaster Street to historic President Street Station, now the Baltimore Civil War Museum. At the museum, events will include a lecture on the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment by Anthony Waskie, a professor of German at Temple University who will portray Union Gen. George Meade. Museum admission is $2. Information: 410-437-4467.

The riot occurred April 19, 1861, but the anniversary is being observed a week early because of Easter.

Free assistance for state, federal taxes set Tuesday

Baltimore-area taxpayers can get free assistance with their state and federal income tax forms Tuesday at the Fallon Federal Building, 31 Hopkins Plaza.

Representatives from the Internal Revenue Service and the state comptroller's office will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer questions, hand out forms and discuss electronic filing. Taxpayers also can file their state tax returns online for free, download state tax forms or request a filing extension by visiting: www.marylandtax

Phone assistance is available from 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or 800-MD-TAXES from elsewhere between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, until April 18.

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