City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 04, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Va. truck driver abducted at Best Buy; delivery is stolen

WHITE MARSH - A 44-year-old Virginia truck driver was abducted and a trailer full of electronics was stolen at a White Marsh appliance store late Tuesday, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

The female driver was attempting to make a delivery in the rear of Best Buy in the 5200 block of Campbell Blvd. about 9 p.m. Tuesday when two men forced her at gunpoint into the cab of the truck and tied her up, police said. They drove around for more than a hour, detaching the trailer at one point, before they abandoned the truck at Orleans and Gay streets in Baltimore. The driver, who was not injured, was able to free herself and call for help, police said.

The empty trailer was found later at 68th and Biddle streets in the Rosedale Industrial Park. An inventory of the stolen electronics was not available, and investigators had no suspects, police said.

Group-home manager gets 8-month term for neglect

TOWSON - A former house manager at a Woodlawn group home for the developmentally disabled was sentenced this week to eight months in jail after his conviction for neglecting a vulnerable adult, Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. announced yesterday.

Thomas C. Williams, 36, of the 1100 block Bonaparte Ave. in Baltimore was charged after two men, ages 22 and 46, were found wandering in the snow on the last day of the February 2003 blizzard, according to the attorney general's announcement. Circuit Judge Christian M. Kahl suspended 10 months of Williams' 18-month sentence, placed him on a year of supervised probation and ordered him not to work as a direct care provider for vulnerable adults while on probation, according to the announcement.

The two men were found separately at the Rolling Wind apartment complex in Woodlawn, where they lived in a home operated by Creative Options Inc., Williams' employer, Curran said. Williams had left them alone for almost four hours, he added.

Police seek aid of public in finding missing woman

WOODLAWN - County police asked for the public's help in finding a disabled woman who left her home yesterday morning.

Kristin Pierce, 38, who has the mental capacity of a 12-year-old and suffers from a heart ailment, was last seen about 7:30 a.m. at her home in the first block of Walden Holly Court, police said.

Officers and police dogs searched the area around Interstate 70 but found no trace of the woman, who is described as white and 5 feet, 5 inches tall with short brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a red shirt and pants yesterday, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

In Baltimore City

Bottling of tap water for promotions gets OK

Baltimore's Department of Public Works got the go-ahead yesterday to bottle municipal tap water as a promotional item for the city.

The Board of Estimates approved spending up to $143,800 with Cloverland Dairy of Baltimore, which will do the bottling, but the department does not intend to spend more than $36,000, the minimum required under the contract, city officials said.

Cloverland will produce 120,000 single-serving bottles and 10,000 gallon jugs with "Clearly Baltimore" labels. The water will be available at local festivals and City Hall functions.

NAACP to hold workshop of business strategies

The Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has scheduled a free workshop Saturday morning to teach business strategies to budding entrepreneurs.

The session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the NAACP office at 8 W. 26th St. The program will cover a broad range of issues - from financing to marketing - and business professionals will be present to answer questions.

Information: 410-366-3300.

Officials urge recycling of old telephone books

With new phone books about to land on front steps across Baltimore, city officials are urging residents to recycle the old ones so they don't clog landfills.

Yellow and white page directories should be put out with newspapers and other paper recyclables, officials with the Department of Public Works said. Recycling schedules are available by calling 311.

The department collects more than 22 tons of phone books for recycling each year, but many more make their way to the landfill, department spokesman Kurt L. Kocher said.

Verizon distributes 2 million Baltimore books a year, four separate versions that use 4,722 tons of paper, company spokeswoman Karen Testa said. Other specialty phone books, such as those targeting minorities or religious groups, add to the glut of paper, Kocher said.

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