City/County Digest


October 29, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Board expected to approve loan to investment bank

The city Board of Estimates is expected to approve a $1.75 million loan today to one of the world's largest investment banks, which opened an office in Fells Point that could create 600 jobs and $17 million in investment.

Morgan Stanley Management Services opened a processing center for institutional securities this year in a 30,000-square-foot space with harbor views at Bond Street Wharf. The New York-based bank chose Baltimore over four other major metropolitan areas, lured by a taxpayer-backed incentive package, the details of which had not been revealed until now.

As part of the package, the city would forgive $875,000 in interest and principal of its $1.75 million loan if the bank creates and maintains 600 jobs by 2010. The city would split the loan into three, 10-year installments charging 2 percent interest. The bank is expected to invest $17 million in the project. In addition to the city loan, the state has approved $4.5 million in grants based on the bank's ability to meet employment goals and a $1 million loan to assist with developing a day care facility.

Man pleads guilty in death of convenience store robber

A 21-year-old man pleaded guilty this week to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a man who had just robbed a store.

Sean Hairston of the 400 block of Towanda Ave. was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for the death of Ibrihim Abdullah, 24, of the 4600 block of Prudence St.

On Nov. 5, 2001, Abdullah walked into a convenience store in the 4300 block of Reisterstown Road and announced a robbery, prosecutors said. The patrons of the store attacked Abdullah, and Abdullah shot one of them in the stomach. The patrons continued beating Abdullah, disarmed and subdued him. That was when Hairston ran around the corner, grabbed a gun, returned and shot Abdullah four times in the back, killing him, according to prosecutors.

Pupil, school bus aide injured in collision

A middle school pupil and a school bus aide were treated for minor injuries yesterday after the school bus on which they were riding collided with a sport utility vehicle, police and school officials said.

Seven children from two city schools -- Alternative Learning Center and Harlem Park Community School -- were aboard the bus owned by First Student Inc. It was westbound on North Avenue when the driver of an SUV traveling north on Warwick Avenue apparently ran a red light and struck it about 3 p.m., said school system spokeswoman Edie House.

The aide and pupil -- whose names were not divulged -- were treated at St. Agnes HealthCare, she said.

Volunteers to transform lot at school into playground

Community volunteers, employees of the building-supplies retailer Home Depot and organizers from KaBOOM!, a nonprofit organization, will transform a vacant parking lot at Gwynns Falls Elementary School into a playground today.

More than 200 volunteers -- including Mayor Martin O'Malley -- are expected to help build the playground, at 2700 Gwynns Falls Parkway, spreading mulch and constructing benches and planters. The red, blue and yellow playground design is based on drawings by children who attend the school.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit group that helps communities build safe playgrounds. Home Depot has been a supporter of the organization's efforts, donating supplies and volunteers.

Breast cancer foundation to hold masquerade Friday

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is holding its first "Masquerade for the Cure" benefit event at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Kiss Cafe, 2400 Boston St.

Tickets cost $100, and Halloween costumes are required. An open bar, games of chance, live music and a silent auction are among the activities planned.

The foundation supports medical research to discover causes of and cures for breast cancer, which afflicts one in nine women in the United States. Information: Kristy Seling at United Equity, 410-823-6895.

In Baltimore County

Curbside collection of debris from Isabel to end Friday

TOWSON -- Baltimore County will halt curbside collection of debris from Tropical Storm Isabel at the end of the day Friday.

Bureau of Highways crews have removed more than 8,000 truckloads of debris, but officials say they need to resume regular operations Monday.

The Eastern Sanitary Landfill off U.S. 40 will continue to operate under normal hours. The tipping fee waiver for homes razed because of storm damage remains in effect until Dec. 31. Information: 410-887-2000.

Glendening to give talk on Smart Growth at school

BROOKLANDVILLE -- Former Gov. Parris N. Glendening will talk about Smart Growth with the upper-school students at the Park School from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today on campus, 2425 Old Court Road.

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