City/County Digest


March 03, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Beltway accident injures driver, three highway workers

RIDERWOOD - A car ran out of control on the Beltway yesterday afternoon and struck three highway construction workers, sending them and the driver to area hospitals and backing up traffic for miles, state police said.

The driver, identified as Aika Suri, 26, of Ellicott City, was eastbound and approaching a marked construction site near Thornton Road when her 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse ran onto the shoulder and struck the men, said Trooper Jeffrey Kirschner of the Golden Ring Barracks.

Suri, who was not wearing a seat belt, had multiple injuries and was taken to Sinai Hospital. Workers William Kemp and Phillip Peake also were treated there, while Michael Trapani was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with a broken leg, Kirschner said. The men are employed by a private contractor doing work for the State Highway Administration, he said.

Suri was charged with negligent driving, the trooper added.

Victim of fatal shooting identified as city man

RANDALLSTOWN - The victim of a fatal shooting whose body was discovered Monday morning in a rural area off Liberty Road was identified yesterday by county police as Paul Arnett Golder.

Golder, 34, of the 1500 block of Ramblewood Road in North Baltimore was shot several times in the upper body, police said. His body was spotted by a passing motorist on Lyons Mill Road between Liberty Road and Deer Park Road.

Detectives would not divulge whether they believe Golder was shot in the rural neighborhood or left there after he was killed, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman. Police have no suspects in the slaying, he said. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Baltimore man charged in indecent-exposure case

WHITE MARSH - A Baltimore man has been arrested and charged with exposing himself, and authorities are seeking others who might have been victims of similar incidents, police said yesterday.

Police said a man emerged from bushes at a traffic signal on Maple Avenue near Belair Road on Feb. 19 and exposed himself to a woman stopped at the red light. Similar incidents have occurred in the area since August, police said.

Richard Larry Hornberger, 33, of the 4200 block of Kolb Ave. has been charged with one count of indecent exposure, police said. He is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-887- 5035.

Pianist set to perform tomorrow at Villa Julie

STEVENSON - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra pianist Eric Conway is scheduled to perform tomorrow night at Villa Julie College.

Conway is to play a program that includes music by Beethoven, Ravel, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff on a Weinbach grand piano recently purchased by the college. Tickets for the concert, to be held at 8 p.m. at the Inscape Theatre on the college's Greenspring Valley Road campus, are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, faculty and staff.

The new piano will be played in a free performance by students, faculty and staff at noon today at the Inscape Theatre. Information: 410-602-7433.

In Baltimore City

`Super block' proposals released for west side

Baltimore Development Corp. released a list yesterday of the 13 proposals it has received to redevelop all or part of the 3.6-acre "super block" on downtown's west side.

The only idea not previously known was a New York developer's plan for 225 residential units, 170 off-street parking spaces and 64,500 square feet of retail on two of the area's five blocks. The developer is Next Generation Chera LLC.

The lone office proposal came from developer Jay French, who said Monday he envisions a new five-story office building on Fayette Street between Park Avenue and Liberty Street.

BDC will analyze the ideas, many of them from merchants for their store locations. The most ambitious idea was from two Washington developers who want to revamp nearly the entire area with apartments and shopping.

Cloverland expected to win pact to bottle city water

A Baltimore dairy is expected to win a $143,800 city contract today to bottle municipal tap water under the label "Clearly Baltimore."

Under the contract that goes before the Board of Estimates, Cloverland Dairy would package a minimum of 10,000 one-gallon jugs and 5,000 cases, each with 24 single-serving bottles, said Kurt L. Kocher, spokesman for the Department of Public Works.

The city decided to bottle municipal water, which recently won a regional award for taste against several other tap varieties, as a way to boost Baltimore's image. The water will be available, for sale or as a giveaway, at festivals such as Artscape. City agencies, which sometimes offer bottled water and soft drinks at meetings with business leaders and others, also will serve it.

Novena services to begin tomorrow at St. Ignatius

Services for the 147th annual Novena of Grace will begin tomorrow at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 740 N. Calvert St.

The Rev. Patric Thomas, a Jesuit priest born in India who is a former faculty member of the Jesuit High School in Zambia, will direct the nine consecutive days of prayer and preaching at the daily 12:10 p.m. Mass.

Novena prayers also will be said at the 7:25 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Masses. The novena, which ends March 12, honors St. Francis Xavier, a 16th-century Jesuit missionary.

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