City/County Digest


March 02, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

York Road lanes to close for repair in Stoneleigh area

TOWSON - As part of a $6.2 million repair and improvement project on York Road, the State Highway Administration will reduce the travel lanes from four to two between Regester Avenue and Anneslie Road beginning tomorrow morning through early May.

The lane closures will allow crews to install a 24-inch-wide drainage pipe underneath the road as part of a project that began in December to repair and widen York Road and make sidewalk and landscape improvements, said Frances Ward, an SHA spokeswoman. The road will remain open for northbound and southbound travel.

The entire project, which includes extending the center turn lane at the Drumcastle Center, is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2005, weather permitting, Ward said.

Lansdowne boy, 9, killed when van strikes his bike

LANSDOWNE - A 9-year-old boy riding his bicycle was killed after colliding with a van Sunday afternoon, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Nicholas Warner of the 1900 block of Bell Ave. was riding his bike southbound on Charleston Avenue when he rode into the intersection with Third Avenue about 12:40 p.m., police said. A 2002 Chevrolet Astro van westbound on Third Avenue hit the boy, police said.

Police said that they did not expect the driver of the van to be charged in the accident.

Man found fatally shot along Lyons Mill Road

OWINGS MILLS - Investigators have identified a shooting victim whose body was found yesterday morning on Lyons Mill Road between Liberty and Deer Park Roads but were withholding his name, Baltimore County police said.

The body was spotted by a resident passing by about 7 a.m. The man had been shot multiple times in the upper body, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

It was not immediately known whether the man was shot in the rural area or whether his body was left there after he was killed, Vinson said. Police said they had no suspects in the killing.

College students to perform `Real Inspector Hound'

STEVENSON - Villa Julie College will present The Real Inspector Hound, a whodunit with audience participation, starting tonight.

The play will be performed at the college's Studio Theatre, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road. Show times are 7:30 p.m. today through Friday, and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $7 for general admission, $6 for students and seniors, and $5 with a Villa Julie ID. Information: 410-602-7296.

In Baltimore City

Man charged in Pa. death is arrested after standoff

A man charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the stabbing last week of his former girlfriend in Altoona, Pa., was arrested yesterday evening by Baltimore police after tear gas was fired into a Pimlico house during a nearly five-hour standoff.

Andre Staton, 36, of no fixed address, was traced to a house in the 3000 block of Rosalind Ave. yesterday after Pennsylvania authorities and Baltimore police learned of his whereabouts through tips, said Detective Scott Koehle of the Altoona Police Department.

When Staton refused to surrender, tactical squad officers flushed him out with tear gas and arrested Staton, who was unarmed, Koehle said.

Police investigate rash of fires in Fells Point

Several fires set last night in Fells Point brought firefighters and arson investigators to the waterfront neighborhood.

Reported about 9:25 p.m. in the 1900 block of Thames St., the fires included the contents of at least three large metal trash containers, a 30-foot fiberglass inboard boat docked at nearby pier, and a crane and backhoe parked at a nearby construction site.

Anyone with information about who ignited the fires was urged to call police at the Southeastern District, 410-396-2422.

Firefighters, city head for arbitration on pact

City labor negotiators and Baltimore's two firefighter unions failed to reach an agreement on wages before Sunday's midnight deadline and are headed to arbitration to craft a deal 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, which begins July 1.

The Baltimore Fire Officers Association and the Baltimore City Fire Fighters Association Local 734 made a final request Sunday for a 4 percent pay raise, down from an earlier 7 percent proposal. The city offered no raises.

Members of both unions will vote Saturday on pursuing binding arbitration, which uses a three-person panel to decide if the city can afford the raise. The unions are expected to approve the move.

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