City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

February 27, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Officials to clarify details of drug treatment contract

TOWSON - Responding to concerns about a request for proposals for an inpatient drug treatment contract, county officials said yesterday that they will issue amendments and clarifications to the new requirements in about a week.

The director of Right Turn of Maryland, the current contract holder, has said he is worried that the program cannot profitably operate under the new requirements.

At a prebid conference yesterday morning, county officials told Right Turn and a handful of other vendors that they would clarify the requirements in writing and online, said criminal justice coordinator Sheryl Goldstein.

Police search for man whose home was burned

RANDALLSTOWN - Police continued their search yesterday for a 62-year-old man whose home burned down in a suspicious fire Wednesday, just hours before he was to be evicted from it.

Officers were asked to look for William E. Tinkler on their patrols yesterday because investigators want to question him about the fire that consumed the house he grew up in and two outbuildings in the 10400 block of Lyons Mills Road, police said.

The 1.22-acre property was sold in the summer after Tinkler failed to pay $5,579 in taxes, court records show.

Fire Department lists topics on cable-TV show

TOWSON - The newest edition of Burning Issues, the Fire Department's cable television show, features a demonstration of how to properly install a child safety seat. Also, the Middle River Volunteer Rescue Company demonstrates how it rescues people from icy water and how to prevent such accidents.

Capt. Glenn A. Blackwell, head of the county department's safety education division, talks about the importance of having a carbon monoxide detector. And Capt. James Korn of the emergency medical services division introduces the new online system for requesting fire and patient care reports.

The program, on Comcast Channel 25 through April 2, is broadcast at 12:30 p.m. Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 9:30 p.m. Fridays.

In Baltimore City

2 firefighters unions, city to meet today on wages

With a Sunday deadline looming, Baltimore's two firefighters unions will meet today with city labor officials to negotiate wages for next year.

The unions agreed to a two-year contract a year ago that gave no raises in the first year and that nearly tripled health care costs. The deal allowed for renegotiation of salaries in the second year. The deadline for the negotiations is midnight Sunday.

The Baltimore Fire Officers Association and the Baltimore City Fire Fighters Association Local 734 are asking for a 7 percent across-the-board pay boost plus 5 percent increases associated with upgrades in some job classifications. The city wants no wage increases for the fiscal year that begins July 1, the union says. City officials would not comment.

The two sides will meet again Sunday. If they fail to agree on a deal, negotiations will go to binding arbitration.

Man shot Feb. 17 dies at Hopkins Hospital

A 22-year-old man who had been in critical condition since being shot more than a week ago on a street in East Baltimore has died at Johns Hopkins Hospital, city police said yesterday.

The victim, Earl Wyatt of the 200 block of E. North Ave., was found lying in the 700 block of N. Madeira St. about 7 a.m. Feb. 17 by Eastern District officers responding to a report of a man having been shot there. He was bleeding from gunshot wounds to the head and neck, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

No arrest has been made in the slaying, Moses said.

Study will provide eye exams for children

About 6,000 Baltimore children will receive free eye examinations as part of a federally funded study being done by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Wilmer Eye Institute.

Researchers are seeking to determine how frequently eye diseases affect children. They will assess each child's general eye health and look for signs of crossed eyes or a condition in which the vision in one eye is weaker than in the other. Both conditions can lead to permanent vision loss.

Free exams will be given to eligible children - between 6 months and 5 years old - from Armistead Gardens, Brewers Hill, Canton, Cedmont, Cedonia, Claremont, Eastwood, Frankford, Fells Point, Glenham-Bedford, Greektown, Highlandtown, Hopkins Bayview, Joseph Lee, Kresson, Moravia-Walther, North Harford Road, O'Donnell Heights, Orangeville, Overlea and St. Helena.

Free shuttle service will be provided to and from the Baltimore Pediatric Eye Disease Study clinic, 2501 Edison Highway. Information: 410-502-8508.

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