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October 28, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

City Council offers praise - and aid - for two lifesavers

Two East Baltimore brothers who rescued a neighbor from a burning house this month could use a little help themselves, and the City Council is trying to give it to them.

Anthon LaDominic Beck Sr., 28, and James Stevenson Beck Sr., 29, saved a woman who had been beaten, tied up and left for dead in a burning house on Oct. 11.

At last night's council meeting, President Sheila Dixon recognized the brothers -- and noted that both are unemployed. Councilman Melvin L. Stukes plans to help the Becks find work through an employment program for ex-offenders.

The Becks were in the 2800 block of Jefferson St. when they spotted the fire. They looked in the window and saw Romaine Vance, 32, struggling to free herself. The men broke a window, untied Vance and pulled her to safety, police said.

Four west-side merchants balk at relocation process

Four merchants on downtown Baltimore's west side say they don't want to open their doors to appraisers next month and participate in a process that could force their businesses to relocate.

The city plans to acquire, by condemnation if necessary, 51 Lexington Street properties and find a developer to overhaul the worn strip. Some merchants were told appraisers will inspect their premises Nov. 3.

But attorney John C. Murphy said yesterday that four merchants declined the city's request. They are the Peanut Shoppe, Modern Mode, Shoe Fair and First Line Trading. Murphy says the owners want to stay. No one at Baltimore Development Corp., the city's economic development agency, could be reached for comment.

Three assailants sought in fatal northeast stabbing

City police were seeking at least three people in the fatal stabbing last night of a man in Northeast Baltimore.

The victim, a man in his 20s whose name was withheld, was being chased about 9 p.m. in the 5500 block of Harford Road near Hamilton Avenue when one of the three male pursuers caught up and stabbed him multiple times, police said. He died anbout an hour later at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Police, meanwhile, identified two men who were fatally shot early Sunday in a car on Eierman Avenue in Northeast Baltimore as Barry Jones, 32, of Columbia, S.C., and Damione Proctor, 31, of the first block of Russern Court in Baltimore County.

The killings pushed the city's homicide total for the year to 215, compared with 217 through the same period last year. Anyone with information about them was urged to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

Man pleads guilty to killing at cemetery

A 39-year-old man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder yesterday in the stabbing death of Charles L. Morton, 38, last year at an East Baltimore cemetery.

Vincent Micken, 39, of Kansas City, Mo., is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 5. He and a co-defendant, Christina Braun of Harford County, were charged in the death. Braun is scheduled to stand trial the same day as Micken's sentencing.

Prosecutors said Morton, of the 4200 block of Clareway, picked up Braun -- a prostitute -- in a bar Aug. 22 last year. They rode in a car to the cemetery, with Micken hiding in the back of the vehicle. When he revealed himself, the two men got into a knife fight, and Morton was killed, prosecutors said.

Grants offered for providers of emergency food, shelter

A local board of government and nonprofit agency representatives is accepting grant applications from organizations that provide emergency food and shelter to the city's homeless and will hold an informational meeting at 2 p.m. today in Hampden at the Boy Scouts of America, 701 Wyman Park Drive.

The grant money is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Food and Shelter Program and could total as much as $500,000.

Only private nonprofit groups are eligible, and a representative must attend an informational meeting to apply. Another meeting is to be held early next month. Information: 410-895- 1468 or

In Baltimore County

Disaster assistance center will close Saturday

ESSEX -- A site set up in Essex to distribute aid to victims of Tropical Storm Isabel will close Saturday.

The Disaster Assistance Relief Fund Distribution Center, run by the Essex-Middle River-White Marsh Chamber of Commerce and the Essex Church of God, will close at 2 p.m.

Any victims who need food, water, clothing or cleaning supplies can visit the center between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday, and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. The center is in the 500 block of Eastern Blvd. Information: 410-686-2233.

Conference set Nov. 8 to discuss watersheds

TOWSON -- Baltimore City and county will hold a regional conference about the health of local watersheds Nov. 8 at Goucher College.

The conference, "State of Our Watersheds," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Subjects include monitoring water quality and successful watershed restoration projects. The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

This is the first time the city and county have held a conference to combine data on their shared watersheds. Registration: Joyce Wild at jwild@ Information: 410-887-3514.

Department of Aging to hold caregivers event

CATONSVILLE -- The Baltimore County Department of Aging will hold a caregivers' conference, "Innovate Resources for the 21st Century," from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road.

Admission is free, but there is a $5 charge for lunch in advance; $6 the day of the conference. Reservations are required for respite care. Information: 410-887-2050.

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