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November 12, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

McDonald House receives donations after theft report

Donations of toys and money poured into Ronald McDonald House yesterday in response to reports of a thief stealing about $1,000 in video equipment used by children staying there while being treated for serious illnesses.

Even city police officers have stepped forward to offer money and support, said Marianne Rowan-Braun, executive director of Ronald McDonald House. No arrest has been made in the theft.

Several children from a kindergarten class brought in their own Nintendo system. The staff has also accepted donations from corporate executives and area residents, including a woman who offered $10,000.

"The range of donations has just been unparalleled," Rowan-Braun said. "There has just been a wide range of people who have come to the house today saying they wan to do something to make this a positive experience."

City expected to approve four billboards on arena

City officials are expected to grant permission today for four billboards to be placed on Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena.

The city previously gave media giant Clear Channel Inc. and Edwin F. Hale, a banker who owns the arena's naming rights, permission to put 14 billboards on the building. But four of the billboards require a special permit because they will overhang a city sidewalk.

The Board of Estimates will consider granting a "minor privilege" permit for the signs, which would hang on the Howard Street side of the downtown arena. Similar permits are issued for businesses such as cafes that have tables and chairs on city sidewalks.

The city is expected to charge $24,229.83 a year for the permit. The four billboards are scheduled to be installed by next month.

Woman found in drain was asphyxiated, police say

A woman whose partially clothed body was found Sunday afternoon stuffed into the end of a storm drain near Moore's Run in Northeast Baltimore died of asphyxiation -- the victim of a homicide, police said yesterday.

Shannon Jackson, 36, the mother of two teen-age daughters, was found dead about 5:30 p.m. by a boy walking through woods a short distance from her Cedonia home in the 5400 block of Moore's Run Drive. Police said she had been dead for 24 to 48 hours.

No arrest has been made, and anyone with information about the slaying was urged to call Detectives Dave Peckoo or Frank Miller at 410-396-2100.

Police identify bicyclist fatally shot Monday night

City police identified Donte Smoot, 25, of the 3700 block of Boarman Ave. yesterday as the man fatally shot while riding his bicycle on a street in Northwest Baltimore on Monday night.

Smoot was shot in the head about 11 p.m. in the 3900 block of Boarman Ave., police said, and the gunman rode off with his gold-colored bicycle. Smoot died at the scene.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Bobby Patton at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

Two die after car hits tree and bursts into flames

WORTHINGTON VALLEY -- Two people were killed early yesterday when their car hit a tree and burst into flames on Tufton Avenue near Dover Road, Baltimore County police said.

Police said they will probably need dental records to identify the bodies, which they said were burned beyond recognition. They would not give any further details about the crash, which occurred about 1:30 a.m.

Health care workshop set for Beth Steel workers

DUNDALK -- A health care and training workshop for former Bethlehem Steel workers will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the United Steelworkers of America Hall, 550 Dundalk Ave.

Representatives of United Steelworkers of America Local 9477; the Internal Revenue Service Health Coverage Tax Credit Program; the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; and the Maryland Health Insurance Plan will answer questions and assist in enrollment in health and training programs.

Former Bethlehem Steel workers and retirees ages 55 to 64 who receive a pension from the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp. may be eligible for a 65 percent tax credit toward health insurance costs.

Parkville council to meet tomorrow at Morningside

PARKVILLE -- The Greater Parkville Community Council will discuss resources offered by senior centers and local issues in the comprehensive zoning process at its monthly meeting this week.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Morningside House assisted-living facility, 8800 Old Harford Road.

Information: 410-668-2580.

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