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October 16, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Sex offender accused of fondling two boys is sought by police

Baltimore police are seeking a 48-year-old convicted sex offender accused of fondling two boys in Southeast Baltimore.

Police said that Thomas C. Ayres Jr. of the 800 block of Park Ave. in Baltimore is a handyman who hired young boys to help him do work. He is accused of fondling a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old who were working for him on two occasions last month in the area of the 700 block of Savage St., said Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

Ayres has been convicted of a third-degree sex offense and is listed on the state's sex offender registry, where a photo of him can be found at www.dpscs. state.md.us/sor/sor_photo_ pages/635304.html.

Anyone with information about Ayres' whereabouts is asked to call Detective John Schindhelm at 443-984-7106. Ayres also goes by the name of Joseph Rizza, police said.

Panel gives preliminary OK to plan for historic station

The state Board of Public Works gave preliminary approval yesterday to a plan to convert a historic Baltimore train station into a sports museum and office space, but Comptroller William Donald Schaefer said he would raise questions about the project later this year.

The Maryland Stadium Authority wants to borrow $8.73 million for the Camden Station project next to Oriole Park. The Babe Ruth Museum would relocate to the station, which also would display memorabilia donated by the family of Johnny Unitas and other collectibles.

While the public works board approved the concept, Schaefer said he had questions about whether the stadium authority was overreaching its mission in undertaking the project. Approval of the borrowing is expected to be discussed in December.

Unidentified man is city's 205th homicide of the year

An unidentified man was shot and killed early yesterday in Northeast Baltimore, police said.

Officers responding to a call for a shooting about 1 a.m. found a man lying in the 3000 block of Kenyon Ave., police said.

The man was suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest and died at the scene, police said. He was the city's 205th homicide of the year.

In Baltimore County

Expedited permit process to rebuild after Isabel moves

TOWSON -- Starting Monday, the streamlined processing of permits to rebuild properties damaged by Tropical Storm Isabel will take place in Towson, rather than the Disaster Recovery Center in Middle River.

The location changed because the number of residents applying for permits at the recovery center declined. The county has expedited the approval of about 700 permits.

Processing will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in Room 100 of the County Office Building, 111 W. Chesapeake Ave. Information: 410-887-3900.

Congressman schedules town meeting Monday night

REISTERSTOWN -- Democratic Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will hold a town meeting Monday at Hannah More School, 12035 Reisterstown Road.

Cardin, a member of the Homeland Security and Ways and Means committees, will discuss homeland security, the impact of the budget deficit on the economy, the war on terrorism and possible changes in Medicare. He also will take questions from the audience.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m.

Volunteer advocates sought for nursing home residents

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Department on Aging is seeking volunteers age 18 and older to become nursing home ombudsmen.

Ombudsmen promote the rights and well-being of nursing home residents. They must be willing to make a six-month commitment and visit a nursing home two to four hours a week.

The next training session will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Oct. 29 at Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road. A meeting also will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Oct. 27. Attendance at all four sessions is mandatory. Information: 410-887-4200.

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