City/County Digest


April 22, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Company relocated from rehab area files lawsuit against city

A sports apparel manufacturer filed suit yesterday against the city for $250,000, claiming it was forced to move from its longtime location in the heart of the west-side revitalization area after Baltimore officials told the company's landlord to renovate the building or risk having it condemned.

College Bowl Inc., which operated from the historic Abell Building in the 300 block of W. Baltimore St. from 1969 through last month, is entitled to the relocation assistance for businesses that are required to move for an urban renewal project, according to the company's attorney, John C. Murphy. The company has moved to Owings Mills, Murphy said.

City attorneys were not available to comment on the lawsuit filed in Baltimore Circuit Court. The city rejected this month a request by the company for relocation aid, saying benefits were not applicable because the building was not being acquired by the city.

Woman shot last week a block from her home dies

A woman who was shot last week while standing at an East Baltimore intersection, a block from her home, died early yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Shontee Vonzella Douglas, 25, of the 2700 block of Boone St. had been on life support at the hospital. She had been shot four times in the chest by an unknown assailant about 12:15 a.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Greenmount Ave., said Agent Donny Moses, a Police Department spokesman.

The motive for the shooting was unknown, and anyone with information about it was urged to call Detective Joseph Jefferson at 410-396-2100.

O'Malley, Cabinet officials to meet with residents today

Mayor Martin O'Malley will hold a meeting tonight at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School to give residents an opportunity to address him and his top officials.

O'Malley will appear with his Cabinet officials at the high school at 1400 Orleans St. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Residents who want to speak are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to sign up.

Department representatives in attendance will answer questions on city issues.

Economic development projects to be forum topic

The major Baltimore economic development projects under way or planned for the city will be discussed during a free noontime forum tomorrow at the Johns Hopkins University's Downtown Center, Charles and Fayette streets.

Clarence Bishop, chief of staff to Mayor Martin O'Malley, and Andrew Frank, vice president of Baltimore Development Corp., will be the featured speakers.

The forum is sponsored by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation.

In Baltimore County

Applications to be accepted for help paying energy bills

EASTPOINT -- City and Baltimore County residents who need help paying their energy bills can apply for assistance Thursday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 7834 Eastern Ave., and April 30 at Baltimore City Community College.

The sessions will be held from noon to 7 p.m. and are for anyone who did not submit an application during the winter for the Maryland Energy Assistance Program or the Electric Universal Service Program. All new applicants will need photo identification, proof of income for the past 30 days, proof of residence, Social Security cards for all household members and a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. bill. A household of four earning less than $2,263 a month, or a two-person household earning less than $1,493 a month, might be eligible for assistance.

Agency seeking contestants for Ms. Senior competition

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Department of Aging is seeking contestants for this year's Ms. Senior Baltimore County pageant June 4 at Merritt Point Park.

Woman age 60 or older who live in Baltimore County are invited to participate. Contestants will be judged in the categories of talent, evening gown and philosophy of life.

Information: 410-887-2040.

Ruppersberger to hold open house in Timonium

TIMONIUM -- Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger will hold an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at his Timonium district office, 375 W. Padonia Road, Suite 200.

The Cockeysville Democrat, who is serving his first term in Congress, will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for constituents who stop by. Information: 410-628-2701.

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