City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

April 08, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Lax fiscal oversight led to landfill thefts, city audit reports

A city audit released to the Board of Estimates yesterday detailed lax fiscal oversight at the Quarantine Road Landfill that led to the theft of more than $200,000 and to charges against a city employee.

The audit stated that none of the landfill's reported cash collections between Aug. 23, 2002, and March 18 last year - totaling $226,829 - were deposited in the city's bank account.

The audit department's investigation began in April last year after the Department of Public Works alerted officials that cash deposits collected at the landfill were missing. The audit also found that the landfill had no procedures "to ensure that reported cash sales were deposited in a timely manner."

On April 1, former landfill employee Thomasine Dionne Felder, 39, of the 5700 block of Jonquil Ave. pleaded not guilty to charges of continuing theft brought by the city state's attorney's office. A trial is scheduled July 8 before Judge John Glynn.

Scottish official, O'Malley discuss immigrants

Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell, who holds a position roughly equivalent to that of an American governor, visited City Hall yesterday to learn about the city's efforts to attract more immigrants.

During an exchange of gifts with Mayor Martin O'Malley, McConnell said that Baltimore and Scotland have suffered from declining population in recent decades.

McConnell and his staff said that he was impressed by O'Malley's recent hiring of a liaison to reach out to the city's immigrant communities.

"We've got the lowest birth rate in Europe and we want to welcome people from all over, not just of Scottish descent," McConnell told the mayor.

O'Malley treated McConnell and his staff to lunch at an Ecuadorean restaurant, La Cazuela in Fells Point, to showcase a section of the city that has attracted many Hispanic immigrants in recent years.

50-year-old identified as man killed in house fire

The name of a man who died Monday night during a fire that extensively damaged his Northeast Baltimore home was released yesterday by city police.

Roosevelt Horton, 50, who lived alone in the house in the 1800 block of E. 29th St. in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello community, was found dead on his living-room floor from burns and smoke inhalation after firefighters extinguished the blaze. It appeared to have started in the kitchen about 8 p.m. and spread throughout the first floor.

His death was the 22nd in city fires this year, said Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman. Twenty-seven people died in city fires last year, Cartwright said.

In Baltimore County

Park School walk, run to raise funds for Habitat

BROOKLANDVILLE - Students at the Park School are organizing a 5K run and 1-mile walk April 17 to raise funds to rehabilitate a Waverly house with Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity.

Registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at 33rd Street and Hillen Road at Lake Montebello. The fee is $10 per person or $20 per family.

Information: 410-339-7070, Ext. 4460.

Arbutus library to present vaudeville show April 21

ARBUTUS - Vaudeville comedian Paul Hadfield will present a free show at 7 p.m. April 21 at the Arbutus library branch, 1581 Sulphur Spring Road.

Through juggling, unicycling and ladder-walking, Hadfield will take the audience back to the great American tradition of traveling road shows and a time before people depended on radio and television for entertainment.

Information: 410-887-1451.

Camps focus on forensics, robotics, environment

WOODLAWN - Woodlawn High School has announced summer camps for seventh- and eighth-graders in robotics, forensics and environmental science.

Pupils in the one-week robotics camp, held in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University, will build a working robot for competition. Participants in the forensics camp will study a crime scene and investigate it, using the latest methods. The environmental science camp will study local streams, plants and soil.

Information: 410-944-5212.

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