City/County Digest

City/County Digest

November 21, 2003|By From staff reports

TOWSON — In Baltimore County

Water pressure returns to normal after break in main

TOWSON -- Water pressure was back to normal yesterday after a broken pipe disrupted service from North Baltimore to Hunt Valley on Wednesday.

Baltimore Department of Public Works spokesman Kurt Kocher said service was fully restored early yesterday afternoon. Mays Chapel and Padonia in the county were the last areas to come back on line.

FOR THE RECORD - An item in yesterday's City/County Digest incorrectly identified the action taken against Del. Richard Impallaria when construction debris was found on a stream bed on his property in the 1900 block of Old Eastern Ave. Impallaria was given a letter of compliance - not a citation - by the Maryland Department of the Environment that said he must clean up the rubble within 30 days.
The Sun regrets the error.

The area's largest loss of service in years evidently resulted from a water-main break caused by a construction crew working in the parking lot of the Ridgely Shopping Center at York and Ridgely roads. That break, combined with problems elsewhere in the water system, led to the widespread shutdown.

State issues citation to Impallaria over pollution

MIDDLE RIVER -- The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a second 30-day citation to Del. Richard K. Impallaria over pollution to a stream on property he owns in the 1900 block of Old Eastern Ave., an agency spokesman said yesterday.

In August, an MDE inspector cited Impallaria after concrete, dirt and other debris were dumped on the banks of a stream that leads into the Middle River. He was given 30 days to clear the waterway but that citation was put on hold while the department investigated other pollution complaints at the 2-acre property.

Investigators returned to the property Nov. 13 and determined the other complaints were groundless. "He now has 30 days from Nov. 13 to clean up the rubble," said MDE spokesman Richard McIntire, who added that Impallaria did not receive special treatment because he is a legislator.

Soldier to discuss `Black Hawk Down' battle

STEVENSON -- Master Sgt. Matt Eversmann, a key figure in the "Black Hawk Down" firefight in Somalia, will recount his experiences in battle at 10 a.m. Monday in the student/faculty lounge at Villa Julie College.

In October 1993, Eversmann led a group of soldiers into Mogadishu as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission. A firefight ensued in which 18 Americans were killed. The movie Black Hawk Down was based on that battle.

The talk is free and open to the public. The college is at 1525 Greenspring Valley Road.

In Baltimore City

Teen-age brothers indicted in fatal stabbing, wounding

Two teen-age brothers were indicted yesterday by a city grand jury on charges including first-degree murder in the stabbings this month in Cherry Hill of two 15-year-old boys, one of whom died, the city state's attorney's office announced.

Donnell Harrell, 17, and Michael Harrell, 15, both held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center, are alleged in the indictment to have fatally stabbed James Hudson of the 800 block of N. Gilmor St. and wounded Eric Lecount of the 100 block of Upnor Road.

City police said the victims had been riding bicycles to pick up food late Nov. 1 when they got into an argument with two teen-agers, and the dispute resumed a few minutes later outside a restaurant in the 700 block of Cherry Hill Road where the stabbings occurred. Witnesses in a group of youths who gathered at the scene pointed out the brothers to police.

Man arrested in death of his mother-in-law

A man charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the shooting of his mother-in-law was arrested yesterday morning at his home by members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force, city police said.

Jimmie L. Johnson, 32, of the 300 block of Martingale Ave. was charged with killing Lola Veronica Lawson, 52, of the same address, on July 8. Her body was found by firefighters early that day in the rear seat of her burning 1991 Jeep Eagle Talon in the 5000 block of Kathland Ave.

An autopsy determined that she had died from a gunshot wound to the head. Johnson was being held without bail last night at Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.

Thanksgiving Parade to close downtown streets

With Baltimore's annual Thanksgiving Parade being held tomorrow, portions of several downtown thoroughfares will be temporarily closed, the city Department of Transportation announced.

Affected from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. are Camden Street, between Russell and Howard streets; Eutaw Street between Camden and Lombard streets; and Market Place, between Pratt and Water streets. Pratt Street will be closed between Paca and President streets from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Pratt and Eutaw, and proceed along Pratt to Market Street. It is expected to last about two hours.

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