City/County Digest


October 02, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

12 killings reported last month, fewest in city since July '01

Baltimore finished last month with 12 homicides, the fewest recorded in any month since July 2001, when 10 people were killed, city police said.

The city had recorded 200 homicides through yesterday and is on pace to finish the year with about 266. The city has seen its homicide rate slow since mid-July, when it was on pace to record nearly 300 killings.

Police officials attributed the reduction to a new organized crime division that is targeting open-air drug markets. They also said officers have issued about 15,000 criminal citations, an increase of 11,000 over last year. Police officials say citations allow officers to stay on the street longer and push troublemakers indoors.

County boy, 16, identified as victim of fatal stabbing

A 16-year-old boy stabbed to death Tuesday night has been identified by city police as Nekero Brown of Bonnie Ridge in Baltimore County.

Police said that Brown got into an argument with another male moments before being stabbed about 8:20 p.m. in the 3000 block of Rosalind Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

Brown, of the 6800 block of Maple Leaf Court, died about a half-hour later at Sinai Hospital, police said. Anyone with information is urged to call detectives at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

Body of man, 23, discovered on railroad tracks at station

HALETHORPE -- Amtrak officials are investigating the death of a 23-year-old man, whose body was found on railroad tracks at the Halethorpe MARC station by commuters yesterday morning.

The man's name was not released yesterday. Baltimore County police reported the discovery of the man's body shortly before 8 a.m.

Although engineers did not realize a person had been hit, it appeared from physical evidence that the man had been struck Tuesday night by an Acela Express train en route to Washington from Boston, said Dan Stessel, an Amtrak spokesman. That train had passed through Halethorpe about 9:15 p.m.

$3 million project to rebuild portion of North Point Blvd.

EDGEMERE -- The State Highway Administration has begun a $3 million project to rebuild part of North Point Boulevard, from Wise Avenue south to the relocated Morse Lane.

The work includes patching and resurfacing, reconstruction of road shoulders, drainage improvements and new traffic signs. Construction might result in lane closures along North Point Boulevard between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

The project is scheduled for completion in late spring.

Community volunteer event scheduled for this weekend

TOWSON -- Baltimore County's annual "Pitch in for Progress" community volunteer effort will take place this weekend, with some projects canceled because of damage from Tropical Storm Isabel, and other cleanup projects added.

County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will begin the event at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Eastern Regional Park in Chase, where he will help Chase Elementary School pupils plant dozens of trees as part of the county's reforestation program.

"Now, more than ever, it's clear that each of us has the power to improve our community and help others in lasting and powerful ways," Smith said in prepared remarks.

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