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April 06, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man killed in blaze becomes city's 22nd fire fatality of 2004

A fire believed to have been caused by food left unattended on a stove damaged a Northeast Baltimore rowhouse last night and claimed the life of an occupant.

The victim - a man in his mid-30s whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives - was the 22nd person to die in fires in the city this year, a Fire Department spokesman said. Twenty-seven people died in city fires last year.

Reported at 8:23 p.m., the fire spread from the kitchen at 1804 E. 29th St. in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello community and quickly spread through a hallway into the front living room, where the lone occupant was found dead on the floor, apparently from burns and smoke inhalation, said spokesman Kevin Cartwright.

Although the fire was confined to the first floor of the two-story dwelling and quickly brought under control, two adjoining houses sustained smoke damage. Their occupants were uninjured, he said.

Victims of fatal shooting identified as city man, 29

City police have identified a 29-year-old Southwest Baltimore man as the victim in one of two fatal shootings Sunday.

Robert Jenkins, whose last known address was in the 2400 block of Smith Ave., was found dead about 5 a.m. in the 1800 block of Dover St. in Southwest Baltimore. He suffered bullet wounds to his upper body, police said.

The other victim, a 16-year-old boy whose name was withheld pending notification of family members, was found dead Sunday afternoon on a parking lot behind William H. Lemmel Middle School in the 2800 block of N. Dukeland St. by two brothers, one of whom was being given parking lessons by the other, said Detective Jack McGrath.

No arrest has been made in either killing, police said.

Wine tasting to benefit city's Artscape festival

A wine tasting to benefit Baltimore's Artscape festival will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in Brooklandville.

In addition to fine wine, the sixth annual Wine Arts Tasting will feature food prepared by the Classic Catering People, live music and an art auction. The event is being held at the Cloisters, 10440 Falls Road.

Tickets are $75 in advance, $100 at the door. Information: 410-752-8632.

In Baltimore County

Cromwell Valley Park plans Easter egg hunt

TOWSON - A free Easter egg hunt, complete with horse-drawn hayrides and a variety of contests, will be offered Saturday at Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the park's Sherwood Farm. No advance registration is needed.

Information: 410-887-2503.

Best-selling author to sign books at library

COCKEYSVILLE - Chris Crutcher, an author of best-selling teen books, will take part in a free program and book signing April 13 at the Cockeysville library branch, 9833 Greenside Drive.

The program will start at 6:30 p.m. and is part of Baltimore County Public Library's annual celebration of great books for kids and teens.

The 57-year-old family therapist from Spokane, Wash., has written a number of award-winning teen novels, including Whale Talk and Ironman. His autobiography is King of the Mild Frontier.

Memory loss, dementia topic of seminar April 15

CATONSVILLE - The difference between normal memory loss and dementia will be the topic of a free seminar April 15 at Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road.

Dr. James Parshall of Franklin Square Hospital Center will be the speaker of the event, which starts at 6 p.m.

Information: 410-887-2594.

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