City/County Digest


January 20, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Police seek man in sexual assault of girl in Cherry Hill

City police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl Friday evening as she was walking home from a candy truck in the 900 block of Bethune Road in Cherry Hill.

The man approached the girl from behind about 7 p.m. and placed his hand over her mouth, police said. Implying that he had a knife and would kill her, he picked up the girl and carried her to a row of trees next to the 900 block of Seagull Ave., where he forced her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

The man was described as black, in his 20s, wearing a black skullcap, a black jacket, brown Timberland boots and brown sweat pants with a white stripe running down the side. He was seen running toward Cherry Hill Park. The victim told police that she remembers seeing someone walk past at the time of the assault.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Baltimore Police Child Abuse Unit at 443-984-7106, Metro Crime Stoppers at 866- 7LOCKUP or 911.

Expo provides information on utility bill assistance

To assist families struggling to pay utility bills, Baltimore will hold an Energy Expo from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at New Shiloh Baptist Church in the 2100 block of N. Monroe St.

Expo sponsors include Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., the city Office of Home Energy Programs, the Office of the People's Council and the Public Service Commission. Representatives from the city's police and fire departments will be available to answer questions.

Residents must provide a photo identification, proof of income for the past 30 days, proof of residence, a Social Security card, and for heating assistance, a BGE or oil bill. Information: 410-396-5555.

Notre Dame president to lead national association

The president of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland has been elected chairwoman of the board of directors of the Council of Independent Colleges, an association of more than 500 colleges and universities.

Mary Pat Seurkamp was elected Jan. 4 at the 2004 Presidents Institute in San Diego. As chairwoman, she will provide oversight for the allocation of council assets and participate in the development and approval of long-term plans.

Seurkamp joined the board in January 2002 and was named vice chairwoman last year. She will serve as chairwoman for the next two years.

In Baltimore County

Crews expected to begin replacement of water main

LANSDOWNE -- Public works crews expect to begin replacing today a 54-inch-wide water main that burst Saturday night and has left 55,000 customers in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties with reduced water pressure.

The section of pipe needed to repair the line was ordered from a supplier in Chicago and was on its way to Baltimore last night, said Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for the city Department of Public Works department. He said crews expected to start installing the pipeline late today, with repairs expected to be completed tomorrow night or Thursday, at the latest.

The damaged section of pipe was removed yesterday, leaving a large crater in Willow Grove Park in Lansdowne in Baltimore County.

The water main, which is owned by the city but also serves surrounding counties, burst about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, temporarily cutting off service to customers in the city and Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. The water was back on within five hours, but not at full pressure. Service to city customers is no longer affected, Kocher said.

Course set on starting business as care provider

WOODLAWN -- A nonprofit entrepreneurial group has scheduled, monthly through March, a three-day informational course for people intending to start up a business as a home care provider.

The sessions include workshops on a variety of medical issues and explanation of legal and licensing requirements. The $245 cost includes $100 for state fees involved in the approval process.

The sessions offered by the Entrepreneurs Exhibitor Vendor Association are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 27 to 29, Feb. 17 to 19 and March 16 to 18 at 1724 Woodlawn Drive. Information: 443-854-0166.

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