City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 19, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City woman charged with leaving scene of fatal accident

A West Baltimore woman was arrested yesterday and charged with leaving the scene of an accident this week that killed a Westgate woman, police said.

Acting on an anonymous tip, police entered a vacant house in the 2900 block of Brighton St. about 1 p.m. and arrested Valerie Brailford, 37, of the 4100 block of Mountwood Ave., said Agent Donny Moses, a Police Department spokesman.

Brailford is accused of driving a gold Ford Focus west in the 4000 block of Edmondson Ave. about 11 p.m. Monday and hitting Yvonne Marie Stokes, 45, of the 600 block of Stamford Road as she crossed the street. Stokes died an hour later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Moses said.

Moses said the car was recovered two days later parked near Brailford's home.

School system to hold 2 budget forums this month

The Baltimore school system will hold two public forums this month on the schools' budget and master plan for next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The first forum will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 25 at City College, 3220 The Alameda. The second will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 31 at Edmondson-Westside High School, Westside Skills Center Building, 4501 Edmondson Ave.

The public is invited.

Easter egg hunt scheduled April 4 in Druid Hill Park

An outdoor Easter Egg Hunt for children age 7 and younger will be held from noon to 4 p.m. April 4 at the Baltimore Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Druid Hill Park, city recreation and parks officials said.

The annual event is free and open to the public, and will be held rain or shine. Registration is from noon to 1 p.m. and is required to participate.

Children 3 and younger may take part in a hat and costume contest at 1 p.m. Every half-hour, starting at 1:30 p.m., an Easter egg hunt will be held for children of the same age. Information: 410-396-0180.

In Baltimore County

Van hits house after crash with 2 cars; 3 people hurt

Three people were injured late yesterday -- one seriously -- after a three-vehicle collision near Pikesville that sent one vehicle into a house, authorities said.

About 5:25 p.m., a van and two cars collided at Smith Avenue and Cherokee Drive in the Pickwick community. The force of the crash drove the van -- occupied by a man and a woman -- into the split-level home of Gilbert A. Ruddie in the 2600 block of Smith Ave., damaging the side of the house near the living room.

"My wife and I were in the den watching television when all of a sudden there was a crashing sound and the whole house shook," said Ruddie. He and his wife were not injured.

A county Fire Department official said one person was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries and two others were taken to Sinai Hospital with less serious injuries. Their identities were not available. Baltimore County police were investigating the accident.

County offers seminar on community change

HUNT VALLEY -- Baltimore County will offer a free seminar tomorrow on how the public can effect community change.

Bill Lennertz, a national expert on collaborative planning, will lead the session, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oregon Ridge Lodge.

"We view community input as the most important element for bringing a renaissance of new vitality to our older Beltway communities," said County Executive James T. Smith Jr., who has set revitalization as a priority for his administration.

Police Department cancels fingerprinting session

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Police Department will not offer fingerprinting services April 3, due to major renovations to the Public Safety Building at 700 E. Joppa Road.

Officials said the services, which are offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, will resume April 8.

Information: 410-887-2390.

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