City/county Digest


April 30, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Truck hit bus, slightly injuring 13 schoolchildren

ESSEX - A delivery truck bumped into the back of a county school bus making a stop to let off children from Golden Ring Middle School yesterday afternoon, slightly injuring at least a dozen of the passengers, police said.

The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. at Litany Lane and Lomond Court, police said.

Of the 13 children who were injured, 12 were taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center by another school bus, while one child was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The injuries were described as minor, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

Off-duty city officer stabbed in Parkville in good condition

PARKVILLE - An off-duty Baltimore City police officer was in good condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday and was expected to be released today after he was stabbed in the stomach in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, police said.

Officer Matthew Scott Walker, 30, had parked at the KFC in the 7700 block of Harford Road next to Racer's Bar when he was approached Monday night by a man who asked him if he had money, police said. When Walker said no, his attacker punched him in the stomach. Walker then realized he also had been stabbed, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

Walker is a nine-year veteran of the city police force, assigned to the organized crime division. No arrest has been made, police said.

Animal shelters holding pet adoption day Saturday

Baltimore County's animal shelter encourages residents to adopt a pet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday as part of the annual Pet Adopt-a-thon sponsored by the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Last year, Maryland's animal shelters found homes for more than 250 pets during its Pet Adopt-a-thon. Shelters across Maryland are participating in the adoption day. To find out about a participating shelter, call 1-866-CUTE-PET or visit

Homebuyers' workshops planned on east side

EASTPOINT - Free workshops for homebuyers will be offered next month and in June at the offices of the Eastern Area Division of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, Suite 302 in the Atrium Offices at Eastpoint Mall, 7835 Eastern Ave.

The organization will hold the first workshop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday to help promote homeownership in the county's east side through a low-interest mortgage program. More workshops are scheduled May 7, 15 and 21 and June 5 and 11. Reservations are required. Information: 410-282-9100.

In Baltimore City

Businesses may call city to have paper recycled

The city Department of Public Works is collecting unwanted, recyclable paper from city businesses through May 9 as part of "Clean Your Files," a spring cleaning initiative.

During this period, businesses can arrange for as many collections by city crews as needed for such materials as office paper, manila folders, newspapers, magazines, phone books, envelopes, colored paper and copier paper.

To arrange a pickup, call 311.

Volunteers sought to study medication for Parkinson's

The University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital are seeking volunteers for a study on the safety and efficacy of a medication to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.

Participants must have received their diagnosis within the past five years at age 30 or older and experience stiffness, slowness of movement and shaking of the hands and feet.

Information: 800-577-8839.

Brooklyn residents group sets meeting this evening

A residents group, Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn, will hold its monthly meeting today.

Speakers will be state Del. Peter A. Hammen and City Councilman Edward L. Reisinger, both Democrats. Parks and recreation activities for children this summer will be discussed.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Maree Garnett Farring Elementary School, 300 Pontiac Ave. Information: Patrick Moylan, 410-354-6961 or e-mail at

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