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January 21, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Section needed to fix water main arrives at site

LANSDOWNE - A 20-foot section of pipe needed to repair a water main that broke over the weekend arrived at the Lansdowne site yesterday. Crews were expected to use a crane to lower the pipe into the ground last night, said Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for the city Department of Public Works.

The pipe section, ordered from a Chicago supplier, arrived about 3 p.m. at the scene of the break in Baltimore County's Willow Grove Park, Kocher said. He estimated that the 54-inch water main, which is owned by the city but serves surrounding counties, would be repaired by today.

When the main broke Saturday evening, it initially affected thousands of homes and businesses in the city as well as Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. Once the main was shut down, a majority of them remained with reduced water pressure, Kocher said.

College Savings Plans to hold workshops tonight

TOWSON - The College Savings Plans of Maryland will present two workshops for parents tonight at Arbutus and Catonsville middle schools.

The meetings are open to any county parents who are considering a college education for their children. Today's programs, which run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., will include general information about investment and savings plans and application materials.

Arbutus Middle School is at 5525 Shelbourne Road, and Catonsville Middle is at 2301 Edmondson Ave. Information: 410-767-2037.

Cardin to hold forum to discuss Medicare bill

PARKVILLE - Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will hold a Medicare forum at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Parkville Senior Center to discuss his bill to correct problems in the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill.

Cardin has criticized the Medicare bill for failing to allow the government to negotiate lower drug costs, lack of a guaranteed benefit and jeopardizing retiree health care benefits.

During the forum, Cardin will answer questions and explain how his bill would improve Medicare. The senior center is at 8601 Harford Road.

In Baltimore City

Man pleads guilty to theft of SUV with baby inside

An 18-year-old city man pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to larceny and reckless endangerment in a July incident in which a sport utility vehicle was stolen with an infant inside.

Brian Johnson of the 200 block of E. Lafayette Ave. was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with all but one year suspended.

Prosecutors said a 34-year-old man was dropping off his son to meet a bus July 8 when Johnson jumped into the man's Ford Excursion in the 100 block of E. Mount Royal Ave. and took off with the owner's 2-month-old daughter inside. Police found the girl unharmed minutes later in her car seat about a half-mile away. The SUV was found abandoned a short time later.

Truck driver fatally struck while walking along I-95

A truck driver from Northeast Baltimore was struck and killed by a car yesterday while walking against traffic on Interstate 95 near Caton Avenue, state police said.

Jessie James Lott, 70, of the 3600 block of Elkader Road, hadparked his 1984 International truck on the shoulder of I-95 about 10:30 a.m. for an unknown reason and was walking north in the southbound lane when he was struck by a 1990 Honda Civic, police said.

Lott was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the Civic, Christopher T. Joy, 22, of Westminster, was unhurt, police said. Pedestrian error contributed to the accident, which remains under investigation by a crash team, police added.

$130,000 sought to study the state of city's manholes

City transportation officials say Baltimore's manholes are in need of repair and are seeking $130,000 to hire engineers to study the matter.

About 15 manholes used for telecommunications conduits are deteriorating and some are close to collapse, according to a summary of the problem given to the Board of Estimates, which will consider the request today.

But Kathy Chopper, a spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation, said the summary overstates the situation. "Some are in a little worse off condition, but it's not like the road is going to cave in or anything like that," she said. "They just need maintenance work."

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