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December 19, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Toll facilities police collect 6,000 items for Toys for Tots

Maryland Transportation Authority police have collected 6,000 toys for distribution to underprivileged children through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots campaign.

The new, unwrapped toys were donated by motorists at Baltimore-area toll facilities Dec. 10 to 12, and delivered to a Marine Corps Reserve base in Northeast Baltimore on Monday. In announcing the toy tally, the police agency thanked those who made donations.

During 14 years of participation, the transportation authority police have collected about 90,000 items for Toys for Tots.

Community center, thrift shop to open today

With a snip of his scissors, Mayor Martin O'Malley plans today to officially open a community center and thrift shop in East Baltimore.

The Station North Thrift Store, at 1400 Greenmount Ave., represents a marriage of neighborhood food and job preparation services with a shop offering appliances, furniture, toys and clothing.

The lower level of the building will also house a food program. The ribbon-cutting is set for 11 a.m.

Construction to close section of Federal Street

Transportation officials will close Federal Street between Edison Highway and Erdman Avenue from 7 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Monday for construction.

Detours will be effect while the street is closed.

In Baltimore County

Man gets life in prison for killing estranged wife

TOWSON -- A Catonsville man was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for stabbing his estranged wife 31 times and beating her with a hammer.

Rodney Alexander, 37, had claimed that he was acting in self-defense when he stabbed and killed 35-year-old Laurie D. Alexander in his apartment the evening of Nov. 13 last year.

But after Alexander's trial in September, Baltimore County Circuit Judge Patrick Cavanaugh found him guilty of first-degree murder.

Monkton church plans concert with harpist, piper

MONKTON -- Monkton United Methodist Church's "Music on the Hill" series will present the Boar's Head Consort, featuring Celtic harpist and piper Jarid Denhard, at 3 p.m. Sunday

A goodwill donation will be taken at intermission. The church is at 1930 Monkton Road.

Information: 410-472-9116.

WBAL-TV helicopter pilot to discuss covering news

MIDDLE RIVER -- Roy Taylor, a WBAL-TV news helicopter pilot, will be the speaker when the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum speakers series continues at 7 p.m. Jan. 5.

The free program will be held at the Lockheed-Martin auditorium, 2323 Eastern Blvd. It will feature discussions on news and video gathering by helicopter, flight and broadcast procedures, and coordinating the pilot's activities with local police departments and federal aviation officials.

Photo identification is needed for admittance. Information: 410-682-6122.

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