City/County Digest


December 08, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

2 killed on weekend, one after laughing at couple's dispute

An 18-year-old who laughed at a dispute between a couple in East Baltimore early yesterday was shot in the head --one of two victims of weekend homicides reported by city police.

Calvin Knight, whose address was not available, was shot in the 2400 block of E. Biddle St. -- allegedly by the man involved in the dispute, police said. A motorist who witnessed the shooting pursued the gunman and knocked him down with his car, according to police.

The suspect, Martinez Brown, 26, was not seriously injured but was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, police said.

The other homicide occurred Saturday night. Officers responding to a reported stabbing shortly before 11 p.m. found a man with a chest wound lying in the 1300 block of Argonne Drive.

The victim, Jamal Bennett, 20, of the 1600 block of Shadyside Road, died at Good Samaritan Hospital. A suspect in the stabbing was shot in the incident, and admitted to Sinai Hospital, police said.

Police yesterday also identified a man who was found fatally shot shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday on North Dukeland Street as Daniel Leslie, 21, of the 1800 block of N. Smallwood St. No arrest had been made.

Job fair set today to help laid-off schools employees

Baltimore public school officials are sponsoring a job fair today to assist more than 700 school system employees who were laid off recently.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school system's professional development center, 2500 E. Northern Parkway.

More than 25 local government agencies, colleges and universities, health care facilities, contractors, nonprofit groups and other organizations have signed on to help displaced workers. Thee will also be workshops on resume writing, interviewing and job acquisition.

City opens train garden at Glen Avenue fire station

Continuing a tradition of 47 years, the Baltimore Fire Department has opened its annual holiday train garden in the fire station at 2700 Glen Ave.

Each year, the garden incorporates displays relating to current issues: This year it includes a 9/11 memorial as well as city and rural scenes. The garden occupies nearly half of the fire station and is expected to draw more than 10,000 visitors.

It will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week through Jan. 4. Admission is free. Information: 410-396-0171.

In Baltimore County

Flu, pneumonia shots available at health center

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Department of Health will offer flu and pneumonia shots to the public from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Towson Health Center, 1046 Taylor Ave.

Flu shots cost $16, pneumonia shots $21. Both are covered by Medicare Part B; Medicare cards should be presented at the clinic. Those paying cash are asked to bring exact change. Credit cards are not accepted.

Flu shots are recommended for anyone older than age 50, anyone with a chronic illness, and those who care for the elderly or chronically ill.

Grant to schools to enable expansion of golf program

TOWSON -- For the second year, the county school system has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Golf Association to help make the sport more accessible to high school girls.

The $32,000 grant is part of $1.3 million in USGA funding this year. The school system is one of 60 organizations nationwide to be awarded a grant.

The money will enable the girls' golf program to double in size from eight to 16 schools, reaching as many as 160 students. Schools already in the program are Dulaney, Hereford, Kenwood, Parkville, Perry Hall, Towson, Sparrows Point and Western high schools. Schools to join the program this year have not been determined.

Police change hours for fingerprinting service

TOWSON -- The county police department has changed the days on which it will offer fingerprinting for the public.

It will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays at police headquarters, 700 E. Joppa Road.

The cost is $5 a card. Those being printed must bring their own cards. The service will not be available Dec. 21 to 28.

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