City/County Digest


April 24, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Board OKs lease to company despite Schaefer's objections

Despite state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer's objections to leasing prime Inner Harbor real estate to a local company, the city's Board of Estimates unanimously approved the deal yesterday.

The board's approval of the $700,000-a-year lease clears the way for Big Bang Products, a Canton-based manufacturer of sunglasses, ear warmers and other performance wear, to establish its new headquarters in the long-vacant Christopher Columbus Center at 701 E. Pratt St.

The seven-year lease includes the 40,000-square-foot exhibition hall plus an additional 10,000 square feet for research and development. Street-level space would be used for a retail outlet for the company's products. Schaefer argued recently that the company, which will move in this fall, did not fit the Inner Harbor's tourist theme.

Man, 23, shot on his street in West Baltimore dies

A West Baltimore man has died from wounds he suffered during a shooting on a city street, police said yesterday.

Michael Jackson, 23, was in the 1600 block of Moreland Ave. -- where he lived -- about 8:55 p.m. Monday when someone shot him in the chest, police said. Jackson was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in critical condition until he died about 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said they had no suspects and knew of no motive in the killing. Anyone with information is asked to call homicide Detective Joe Phelps at 410-396- 2100.

Pasadena man pleads guilty to conspiracy charge

A Pasadena man pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore yesterday to conspiracy to make false statements, admitting that he used fraudulent documents to get government-backed mortgages for buyers of houses sold by his company.

William E. Dunn Jr., 36, and a partner bought houses, refurbished them and sold them at higher prices that, prosecutors claim, were sometimes inflated. A statement of facts by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie Greenberg listed seven Anne Arundel County properties involved in the deals.

Greenberg said in the document that the Federal Housing Administration, which insured the mortgages and paid lenders when the buyers defaulted, had lost up to $1.5 million. Charles G. Bernstein, Dunn's attorney, maintained that the FHA suffered no loss but would not explain how he reached that conclusion, saying he would make that argument at Dunn's sentencing June 18.

Veteran city police officers begin work with authority

Two veteran Baltimore police officers began work yesterday as high-ranking officials in the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

Maj. Russell N. Shea Jr., former commander of the city's Southwestern District and its Warrant Apprehension Task Force, was named a lieutenant colonel in charge of daily operations of the transportation authority force. Lt. Errol E. Etting, a former Baltimore homicide shift commander, was hired as a civilian to lead the authority's intelligence division at a salary of $80,000.

The chief of the authority Police Department, Gary McLhinney, a former city police union president, also promoted Maj. David C. Franklin, a former state trooper, to lieutenant colonel in charge of administration. Lieutenant colonels are paid $93,000 a year.

The authority has about 500 civilian employees and police officers and provides services at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, toll facilities and the port of Baltimore.

In Baltimore County

6th District Democrats to select 2 male alternates

WHITE MARSH -- The Democratic State Central Committee for the 6th Councilmanic District will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at the White Marsh library, 8133 Sandpiper Circle, to choose two male alternate members.

To be eligible, candidates must be registered Democrats and live in the district. Candidates should attend the meeting and be prepared to make a presentation.

Information: Chuck Kropfelder, 410-661-2841.

County selling compost bins at two locations Saturday

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management will sell compost bins from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at two locations.

Bins will be sold at the Maryland Transit Administration Park & Ride lot in White Marsh, near IKEA, and in Cockeysville at Oregon Ridge Park. The cost is $25, plus tax. Only checks and cash will be accepted.

Use of compost bins reduces trash going to landfills and runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. The bins generate nutrient-rich soil, good for gardens. Information: 410-887-2000 or the bureau's Web site, www.baltimore

Randallstown library sets book sale this weekend

RANDALLSTOWN -- A book sale will be held by the Friends of the Randallstown Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the library, 8604 Liberty Road.

The sale will include compact discs, videos and gently used books. Information: 410-887- 0770.

From staff reports

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