City/County Digest


November 06, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Equipment problems will keep Rash Field ice rink closed

The Inner Harbor Ice Rink will not open this year because of deteriorating equipment, the city announced yesterday.

A city study concluded that the popular winter skating rink at Rash Field had suffered too much wear and tear since its opening in 1989 to reopen for another season. Problems with its refrigeration equipment have repeatedly delayed its traditional Thanksgiving week opening in recent years.

The city plans to launch a private fund-raising drive to build a new rink -- for next winter -- and officials are scouting potential locations. But Rash Field and Harbor Point are the top candidates, said Tracy Baskerville, a spokeswoman for the city Office of Promotion & The Arts, which operates the rink.

The rink drew about 25,000 visitors a year, Baskerville said.

One killed, five injured in collision in Homeland

A collision between three vehicles on a rain-slicked street in Homeland yesterday evening killed one person and sent five others to area hospitals, police said.

The accident occurred about 7:15 p.m. when a 2003 Mitsubishi heading east in the 200 block of E. Northern Parkway near Springlake Way crossed the center line and crashed head-on with a westbound Dodge Durango. The Durango then struck another westbound car.

A 29-year-old woman in the rear seat of the Mitsubishi was not using a seat belt and was propelled forward by the impact, suffering head and neck injuries, and was pronounced dead a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Officer Robert Leepa, an accident investigator.

Names of the victims were not released last night.

Firefighters find body in burning rowhouse

Firefighters searching a burning East Baltimore rowhouse late last night found a body on the second floor.

The body was burned so badly that neither the age nor gender could be ascertained last night. It was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

"We suspect this was a homeless individual just seeking shelter," said Kevin Cartwright, a spokesman for the city Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived in the 1900 block of Sapp St., off North Avenue, about 10:35 p.m. and found smoke and flames coming from both floors of the brick rowhouse, which was believed to have been unoccupied. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Federal Hill man gets probation in arson case

A Federal Hill man who was sought by police for several days in April was sentenced yesterday to five years of supervised probation and ordered to pay more than $102,000 in restitution to State Farm Insurance in connection with a fire at his home in the 200 block of E. West St.

James Clark Standiford, 33, also was given a 10-year suspended sentence by Circuit Judge John M. Glynn. The son of a Baltimore doctor, he entered an Alford plea yesterday -- an acknowledgement that the state had sufficient evidence for conviction -- to a single count of first-degree arson.

Police initially feared Standiford may have been abducted after a fire was deliberately set at his home April 1 and his car was missing.

Teen shot in home becomes 221st homicide victim of '03

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot early yesterday in his Southwest Baltimore home, becoming the 221st homicide victim of the year, police said.

Officers responding to a call for a shooting inside a house in the 5200 block of Fredcrest Road about 12:05 a.m. found Nicholas McLeod lying on the kitchen floor and bleeding from a bullet wound to the the head and attended to by medics while his mother stood nearby.

Police said McLeod was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead.

In Baltimore County

Police, fire departments collecting canned goods

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police and fire departments are collecting canned goods and nonperishable items at local police precinct stations and fire stations throughout the county.

The food drive runs through Dec. 25, but officials are urging residents to make donations early.

Officials said both departments wanted to help by providing accessible and secure sites for the donations, which will be distributed through the Citizens Outreach of Baltimore County. The organization assists 2,500 families each year, providing an average of 30 to 35 pounds of groceries.

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