City/County Digest


April 16, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

T-shirt business was cover for gambling, police say

An East Baltimore T-shirt business was a cover for a gambling operation, city police said after a raid that interrupted a dice game and turned up $40,000 in cash and at least $100,000 in IOUs.

None of the 25 men found there was arrested, but each was given a citation and order to appear in District Court to answer gambling charges, said Maj. Marcus Brown, commanding officer of the Northwestern District.

Forcibly entering C-Low Clothing in the 2400 block of E. Monument St. early Wednesday, officers with a search-and-seizure warrant found the crowd in a second-floor room where a pool table had been converted for shooting craps, Brown said.

Police learned of the gambling operation a week ago from a source in Northwest Baltimore and had the business under surveillance before the raid.

Fire victim identified as homeless man, 41

A homeless man who died last week in a fire in a tiny downtown park has been identified as 41-year-old Jeffrey Sanford, the city Fire Department said yesterday.

Sanford was spending the night in the park across St. Paul Street from the entrance to Mercy Medical Center when he was burned about 5:30 a.m. April 6, fire officials said.

A homeless advocate said earlier that the man had started a fire to keep warm, was overcome by the smoke and fell into the flames.

Strangulation ruled cause of homicide victim's death

A homicide victim whose wrapped body was found Tuesday afternoon in a Northeast Baltimore alley died from strangulation, the state medical examiner's office ruled yesterday.

The adult male victim - whose name and age were not divulged - was found by a person walking in the alley behind a house in the 3200 block of Harwell Ave. near Clifton Park, police said. They would not say how the body was wrapped.

Anyone with information about the death was urged to call Detective Napoleon McLain at 410-396-2100.

Women's Housing Coalition plans fund-raiser Monday

The Women's Housing Coalition, a nonprofit group dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness, will hold the ninth annual Kitchen Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Walters Art Museum.

The fund-raising event will include food made by 11 local chefs and caterers, as well as drinks, music and a silent auction.

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, is honorary chairwoman. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling 410-235-5782.

In Baltimore County

Transplant Center sets remembrance ceremony

HUNT VALLEY - The Transplant Resource Center of Maryland will sponsor a remembrance ceremony Sunday to honor organ donors and their families.

More than 300 donor and recipient families are expected to attend the ceremony, held in observance of National Donate Life Month, according to event organizers. Donor families are to be presented with a Gift of Life Donor Medal and a tree seedling in honor of their loved ones.

The ceremony will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road. Information: 410-242-7000, Ext. 3023..

Catonsville High steel band presents concert tomorrow

CATONSVILLE - The Catonsville High School Steel Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school auditorium. The program will feature Ken "Professor" Philmore, a Trinidadian steel pan virtuoso and arranger who has recorded eight albums.

The band, formed as a means for students to study and perform music from a culture other than their own, performs more than 30 times a year throughout the state.

Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for students; and children 3 and younger will be admitted for free. The school is at 421 Bloomsbury Ave. in Catonsville. Information: 410-747-7643.

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