City/County Digest


December 09, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Council releases funds withheld from some agencies

Fiscal punishment for a few city agencies was ended last night by the City Council.

In June, the council approved Mayor Martin O'Malley's $2.16 billion budget for the current fiscal year, but refused to release some money to certain city agencies that were not meeting their expectations.

Last night, the council agreed that those agencies had complied with council members' concerns and released the money they had been withholding for five months.

The council in June decided to withhold $1 million from Project 5000, O'Malley's initiative to seize vacant homes, because of President Sheila Dixon's concerns regarding its personnel costs; and $750,000 from the agency that provides housing inspections, and $250,000 from the Department of Public Works' rat extermination unit until both made changes.

Council Vice President Stephanie C. Rawlings Blake said withholding the money showed that the council was not a "rubber stamp" for O'Malley.

Pelosi to receive award at University of Maryland

Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California -- the House minority leader and the daughter and sister of former Baltimore mayors Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr. and Thomas J. D'Alesandro III, respectively -- will receive the Millard E. Tydings Award for Courage and Leadership in American Politics today at the University of Maryland.

The award, given by the university's Center for American Politics and Citizenship, will be presented at 8 p.m. at a town meeting in Memorial Chapel on Regents Drive in College Park.

At the town meeting, Pelosi will speak with students and members of the community. The event is open to the public.

Man is found slain in apartment building

An unidentified man was found shot to death last night in the hallway of an apartment building in Northwest Baltimore, city police reported.

About 10:30 p.m., police responded to a reported shooting in the building in the 3400 block of Fairview Ave., near Denison Street. They found the victim lying in a second-floor hallway and bleeding from at least one wound to the head. Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive the man, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call the homicide squad at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

Man critically injured in blaze at apartments

WOODLAWN -- More than a dozen families of the Tuscany Woods apartment complex were left homeless and one resident was critically injured in a fire yesterday morning, Baltimore County fire officials said.

The fire, which damaged or destroyed 18 units, was reported about 8:30 a.m. in a brick three-level building in the 7100 block of Rolling Bend Road, said Elise Armacost, a Fire Department spokeswoman. It took 60 firefighters about two hours to control the blaze, she said. The cause was under investigation late yesterday.

The injured resident, John F. Tracey, was burned on his hands and face. He was listed in critical condition in the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. The Red Cross is helping to find temporary shelter for the displaced tenants.

Old Court Middle plans community resource fair

PIKESVILLE -- Old Court Middle School will hold a Community Resource Fair from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

During the fair, parents can meet with teachers and representatives of community agencies to talk about parent-child relationships and family wellness. Parents of Old Court's six feeder schools are invited. Those schools are Dogwood, Church Lane, New Town, Winands, Scotts Branch and Winfield elementaries.

The Baltimore County public schools' Parentmobile also will be on hand to distribute resource materials and information. Old Court Middle is at 4627 Old Court Road.

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