City/County Digest


October 20, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

2 men fatally shot while standing on street on east side

Two men were fatally shot early yesterday while standing together in East Baltimore, and police knew of no suspect or motive. The killings brought to 210 the number of homicides in the city this year.

About 12:15 a.m., the victims -- men in their late 30s or early 40s whose names were withheld -- were standing in the 2500 block of E. Federal St. between Milton and Luzerne avenues when an assailant shot them and fled, police said. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and the second victim died about an hour later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Detective Kerry Snead at 410-396-2100.

North Charles Street lane to reopen early this week

A lane of North Charles Street in the Loyola/Notre Dame neighborhood and the adjacent sidewalk are expected to reopen early this week after being closed for sewer repairs, a city Department of Public Works spokesman said.

Heavy rainfall had contributed to erosion of the roadway just north of Cold Spring Lane and a retaining wall near the Stony Run stream. A 30-yard portion of one lane of Charles Street has been closed while workers repaired a damaged sewer pipe, city workers said.

Talks to focus on hostility to Judaism, Jewish people

Beth Am Synagogue in Reservoir Hill will present a four-part lecture series examining historic and contemporary hostility directed at Judaism and Jewish people.

Presentations will be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 10, 17, 24 and Dec. 1. The lectures will be at the synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place.

Those interested in attending should RSVP by Nov. 5 at 410- 523-2446.

In Baltimore County

24-year-old man dies in Essex apartment fire

ESSEX -- A young man died yesterday during a single-alarm fire that broke out in his apartment in the 1400 block of Browning Drive, Baltimore County police said. The man's name was withheld pending notification of family members.

Firefighters found the victim, 24, in the bedroom of his apartment in the Essexshire Gate Apartments shortly after the fire was reported by a neighbor about 2:15 a.m. Police said the man was taken by ambulance to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was set.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

County to continue pickup of Isabel debris

TOWSON -- Baltimore County will continue curbside pickup of small amounts of debris from Tropical Storm Isabel in eastern Baltimore County, and will waive dumping fees at landfills for such materials.

Officials say the county cannot remove razed houses or large amounts of demolition or reconstruction materials. Residents must arrange privately for removal of such debris.

Information: 410-887-2000.

School board to discuss report on planned school

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Board of Education is scheduled to discuss a report on the future Woodholme Elementary School when it meets tomorrow in the Educational Support Services building, 6901 Charles St.

The board will meet at 5 p.m. to discuss scheduling matters, then go into closed session. Members will resume the open portion of the meeting at 7:30 p.m., when Woodholme will be discussed.

The public is welcome to all open sessions.

Affirmative action forum set for tomorrow night

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Human Relations Commission and the Towson University Multicultural Institute will sponsor a forum on affirmative action tomorrow night at the Towson University Union.

The forum is a response to the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action involving the University of Michigan's admission policies. Scheduled speakers are Harry S. Johnson, president of the Maryland State Bar Association; Fred Pincus, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Shanta Driver, national director of United for Equality and Affirmative Action Legal Fund; and Laura McGrath, vice president of human relations for McCormick Shared Services of McCormick & Co. Inc.

The forum will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Chesapeake Rooms 1 and 2 on the third floor of the union. Information: 410- 887-5917.

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