City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

April 01, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Residents get chance to give comments on budget plan tonight

City residents get their chance tonight to express opinions and concerns about Mayor Martin O'Malley's proposed $2.1 billion budget for next fiscal year.

Taxpayers' night will be held at 7 p.m. in the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St. The city's preliminary budget plan can be viewed online at the finance page of the city's Web site, www.baltimorecity.gov.

The spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1 calls for some of the most significant cuts in city services in years and proposes to eliminate more than 500 city jobs, decrease trash collection and curtail fire protection.

The city also announced another public hearing on the proposal to raise water and sewer rates by a total of 27 percent over the next three years. That hearing will be held at 9 a.m. April 14 in the Board of Estimates' chambers on the second floor of City Hall. The board is expected to vote on the increase after the hearing, and the first 9 percent annual rate increase would take effect the next day.

Jury acquits man, 28, in 1995 bludgeoning death

A 28-year old man was acquitted yesterday by a Baltimore Circuit Court jury of a first-degree murder charge in connection with the killing of a man in an alleged plot with the victim's wife and son.

John Ulrich of the 1300 block of Martin Drive, was accused of participating in the 1995 bludgeoning death of 51-year-old Leroy Lincoln Sr. Lincoln's wife and son - Geralene Lincoln, and Leroy Lincoln Jr., 27, - were convicted of murder last year.

The state's theory of the case was that Geralene Lincoln was the mastermind, while her son and another man carried it out - using the handle of an ax from her house. The three were arrested in 2002 after police reopened the case. The Lincolns have not been sentenced.

Police identify man killed as suspect in 4 shootings

A man fatally shot Tuesday night outside an East Baltimore grocery store -described by city police as a suspect in the shootings nearby of four people earlier this week - was identified yesterday as William Earl Clark, 24, of the 500 block of N. Milton Ave.

Clark was found shot in the back of the head about 7:40 p.m. next to a car on the parking lot of a Super Farm store in the 600 block of N. Milton Ave. Police said the killing appeared to be in retaliation for the nonfatal shootings early Sunday of three men and a boy, 14, in the 2700 block of McElderry St.

A female suspect charged in the four shootings, Marion Daughton, 18, had been arrested Tuesday morning at her home the 200 block of N. Milton Ave., and was being held at Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.

In Baltimore County

Student from Reisterstown wins national scholarship

REISTERSTOWN - A University of Maryland, College Park student from Reisterstown has been named the state's only recipient of the Truman Scholarship, a national award given to 77 college juniors who are committed to public service careers.

Melissa Boteach, a graduate of Owings Mills High School, is majoring in government and politics and Spanish. After learning about the hardships faced by South American coffee farmers, she organized the Fair Trade Coffee Advocacy Club, which tries to ensure that coffee sold on campus comes from democratic cooperatives that guarantee fair wages to coffee farmers.

Boteach, who is studying in Argentina for the semester, will receive $24,000 toward graduate school. She plans to enter a program where she can combine a law degree with a master's in international affairs.

African-American center to hold readings by 4 poets

TOWSON - Towson University and its African-American Cultural Center will sponsor a free reading by four leading poets at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

The poets include Alvin Aubert, Mari Evans, Naomi Long Madgett and Lorenzo Thomas.

The event will be held in Towson University's African-American Cultural Center, in the University Union on the main campus, 8000 York Road.

Performing arts workshop set for children next week

NORTH POINT - A spring break performing arts workshop will be held for children from noon to 3 p.m. Monday to April 8.

Costuming, makeup, set/prop construction, pantomime and theater games are among topics to be featured during the sessions, which will be held at North Point Government Center, 7701 Wise Ave.

Cost is $10. Information or registration: 410-887-5370.

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