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February 19, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Judge forbids owner of apartment complex from evicting tenants

A federal judge temporarily forbade yesterday the owner of Chapel NDP Apartments from evicting the tenants of the low-income complex near Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore.

In a three-paragraph order, U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett said harm to the tenants from immediate eviction would outweigh any economic damage to Capital Development, which wants to convert the complex to market-rate housing. The tenants had "fair ground for litigation" challenging their displacement, Bennett said.

Hannah Lieberman, director of advocacy for the Legal Aid Bureau, which represents the remaining 111 tenants of Chapel, said in a statement that the ruling would give residents a "meaningful opportunity to raise serious and substantial challenges to the owner's rights to remove them from their neighborhood now that it is becoming more affluent."

Efforts to reach representatives of Capital Development were unsuccessful.

Beilenson testifies in favor of restaurant smoking ban

Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, the city health commissioner, testified yesterday before a City Council committee that a cigarette smoking ban in bars and restaurants should be implemented in the city.

"Secondhand smoke kills people," Beilenson told the council's Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee. "Do the right thing and support the ban."

The hearing was convened in response to Councilwoman Helen L. Holton's resolution in November to study the impact of a ban in city bars and restaurants.

Board of Estimates OKs Spinnaker Bay tax break

The Board of Estimates approved a 20-year tax break yesterday for a $97 million residential complex being built at President and Aliceanna streets along the Inner Harbor's east shore.

The project, Spinnaker Bay, is a joint venture that includes John Paterakis Sr.'s H&S Properties Development Corp., Ronald Lipscomb, president of Doracon Contracting, and Bozzuto Development Co.

M.J. "Jay" Brodie, president of the Baltimore Development Corp., said the project will be one of the largest new residential complexes in the city. When it is completed next year, the complex will include 316 apartments, 32 condominiums, a 431- space parking garage, and 42,250 square feet of retail space.

Man dies after being found unconscious in burning home

A 75-year-old man was pronounced dead last night at University of Maryland Medical Center after being found unconscious by firefighters in a burning West Baltimore rowhouse, authorities said.

Reported at 7:10 p.m., the fire on the first floor of the home in the 1500 block of N. Woodyear St. was quickly extinguished, said Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman.

The elderly man - whose name was not released - was found on the second floor. Cartwright said the man suffered from asthma, and his body showed little evidence of the effects of fire or smoke.

In Baltimore County

Police seek help identifying woman found dead in 1976

TOWSON - Baltimore County police are renewing efforts to identify a young woman found strangled Sept. 12, 1976.

That morning, a motorist found the woman's body near the street in the 5600 block of Dogwood Road in Woodlawn. Detectives believe she was killed somewhere else and dumped there, police said. More than 27 years later, neither the victim nor a suspect has been identified.

Police said the white woman was in her late teens or early to mid-20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and 159 pounds with shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a white and beige short-sleeved pullover, beige and yellow Levi's jeans, and a rawhide string necklace with a small blue pendant. She had a scar on her left thigh and a tattoo just below her right shoulder that appeared to be the letters JP.

Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

Economic official to discuss expansion of Route 43

ESSEX - Richard A. Cobert of the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development will give an update on the expansion of Route 43 at the Essex-Middle River-White Marsh Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

The $68 million project will connect Pulaski Highway to Eastern Boulevard. Construction began in August and is expected to be completed by 2006.

The chamber will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the River Watch Restaurant, 207 Nanticoke Road. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers.

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