City/County Digest


October 22, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City may sell land to UMB for $1 for research park

For the price of $1, the city is expected to sell 4.7 vacant acres to the University of Maryland, Baltimore, which plans to build a health sciences research park on the site. The Board of Estimates is scheduled to consider the deal at a meeting today.

Three city-owned parcels in the 800 and 900 blocks of W. Baltimore St. would become home to the park and its labs and offices. Construction of the first 120,000-square-foot building is expected to begin this year.

FOR THE RECORD - A brief in the City/County digest yesterday gave an incorrect date for the Fall Job Fest at Martin's North Point. The job fair will be Nov. 7.

The land is appraised at $1.4 million, an amount the city would recoup in property and other taxes in 10 years, according to the Baltimore Development Corp., the city's economic development arm. The project would create 2,000 jobs, the BDC said.

Man, 29, pleads innocent in child sex abuse case

A Baltimore man accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl and trading naked photos of her on the Internet pleaded innocent in Circuit Court yesterday to sexual abuse charges. Meanwhile, federal authorities unsealed an indictment charging him with production, transmission and possession of child pornography.

Authorities alleged in state court papers that Robert Dwayne South, 29, forced the girl to watch pornographic films and to perform oral sex on him. South also is accused of fondling the girl and taking photographs of her that he then exchanged online for other pornography.

South was arrested by Baltimore police in late July after relatives reported that he allegedly forced the girl and a 9-year-old boy to perform sex acts on each other, according to state court records. The arrest prompted a federal investigation of the alleged online pornography activity, which included an FBI search of computers South used while working in the security office of the Glen Burnie Mall, records show.

South is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Oct. 28.

City officials announce schedule for leaf collection

City officials remind residents that public works crews are picking up bags of leaves on the second regularly scheduled trash collection day of the week.

The city will also begin picking up bagged leaves Sundays, starting Nov. 23, in heavily wooded sections of the city.

Residents also can drop off bags of leaves from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at the Solid Waste Yard, 6101 Bowleys Lane; 701 Reedbird Ave.; 2840 Sisson St.; and the Northwest Transfer Station, 5030 Reisterstown Road.

Shooting victim, 17, dies in hospital of his wounds

A 17-year-old Baltimore boy who was shot this month died of his wounds last week, police said yesterday.

Joseph Garcia was shot about 7:20 p.m. Oct. 5 as he was walking with a friend in the 1100 block of W. Baltimore St., police said. Garcia, who lived in the 1200 block of Hollins St., died about 9:40 a.m. Thursday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Garcia's death pushes the city's homicide total for the year to 211. Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

Job fair scheduled Nov. 2 at Martin's North Point

NORTH POINT - The sixth annual Fall Job Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Martin's North Point, 2317 North Point Blvd.

Sponsored by the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Job Service, the Baltimore County Office of Employment and Training and the Maryland Army National Guard, the job fair is expected to attract 80 to 100 employers and 700 to 1,100 applicants. Entrance is free for job applicants.

The registration deadline for employers is Friday. Information: 410-825-6200.

Kenwood High to induct five into its Hall of Fame

MIDDLE RIVER - Kenwood High School will induct five new members into its Hall of Fame on Friday.

The inductees are: Thomas Grzymski, a member of the Board of Education; Marsha Roach, principal of Stoneleigh Elementary School; Robert Knudsen, a Kenwood school resource officer; Susan Wilken, assistant to the county public schools' executive director for the northeast area; and Charles Messenger, who will be honored for athletics.

The ceremony will be held at 8:45 a.m. at the school, 501 Stemmers Run Road.

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