City/County Digest


January 14, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Judge allows lawsuit to stop razing of UB's Odorite to go forward

Baltimore Circuit Judge Evelyn Omega Cannon cleared the way yesterday for a lawsuit to go forward against the University of Baltimore over its plans to demolish a 1915 building known as the Odorite.

The university was sued in November by Baltimore Heritage Inc., a citywide historical and preservation group, to stop the planned razing of the Odorite building, which the university wants to turn into a student center. The mock Tudor building, formerly used as an automobile showroom, stands at Maryland and Mount Royal avenues in the Mount Vernon historic area.

Cannon ruled yesterday that Baltimore Heritage does not have legal standing to sue the university because it does not own property near the Odorite building. But the judge allowed two homeowners who live in the area to become plaintiffs, which allowed the suit to go forward.

University of Baltimore President Robert L. Bogomolny has said his plans are to demolish the Odorite and build in its place a 38,000-square-foot student center, which is to include a bookstore, theater and food court. The university wants to open it by summer 2005.

3,000 to march Monday in King Day parade

Three thousand marchers -- from NAACP President Kweisi Mfume to Poe, the Baltimore Ravens mascot -- will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade in Baltimore Monday.

Announcing plans for the fourth annual parade yesterday, Mayor Martin O'Malley said the event was an opportunity to honor "this remarkable and beautiful man who challenged America to live up to its promise." Mfume, a city councilman and congressman before taking the helm of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will serve as grand marshal.

The parade will start at noon, rain or shine, at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street. It will proceed south on the boulevard, disbanding at Baltimore Street.

In Baltimore County

Propane truck overturns; area residents evacuated

MARYLAND LINE -- A tanker truck carrying 9,000 gallons of propane overturned in northern Baltimore County early yesterday, prompting authorities to evacuate nearby homes and divert rush-hour traffic, police and fire officials said. No injuries were reported and no fuel was released.

The accident occurred about 3 a.m. on Old York Road near Bond Road when the driver of the truck, Clyde Page, 58, of Willow Street, Pa., lost control of the vehicle, police said. The truck, owned by Puryear Tank Lines Inc. of Wilmington, N.C., overturned and came to rest against a utility pole, police said.

A dozen residents were evacuated from their homes and traffic was diverted until the propane was unloaded and the truck was righted about 9 a.m., police and fire officials said. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

College financing session scheduled for tonight

PIKESVILLE -- College Savings Plans of Maryland will hold a parent information night at 7 p.m. today at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, 4300 Bedford Road.

The meeting is open to all Baltimore County parents of students in 10th grade or younger who are considering a college education for their children. The program offers several options to make college more affordable for Maryland families.

Information: 888-4MD-GRAD (888-463-4723) or

Police cable show features tour of new Franklin station

TOWSON -- This month's edition of the Baltimore County Police Department's cable show, Police Report, will feature tours of the new Franklin Precinct station and Pikesville substation.

Guests include Capt. David Moxley, commander of the Franklin Precinct, and Lt. Steve Doarnberger, the precinct's assistant commander. The program, broadcast through Feb. 6, will also feature an interview with Officer Debbie Chenoweth of the Economic Crimes Unit, who discusses schemes and frauds targeting the elderly.

The show is aired on Comcast Cable Channel 25 at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

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