City/County Digest


April 20, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

East-side man charged with murder in Sunday stabbing

An East Baltimore man was arrested late Sunday and charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of another man hours earlier in front of the Johnston Square Apartments in the 1200 block of Greenmount Ave., police said. Neither man was a resident of the apartments.

Eastern District Officer Chemene Washington spotted and arrested the man about midnight in the 1200 block of Brentwood Ave., a short distance from the scene of the killing. Charged with murder was George Holman, 58, of the 3400 block of Dudley Ave.

Holman and Devon Anthony Boston Sr., 45, of the 1000 block of E. Preston St., were arguing about a woman about 6:45 p.m. in the apartment building's driveway when Boston was stabbed in the chest with a knife that pierced his heart, said Detective Kevin Hagan. Boston died 30 minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Scholarship created to honor water taxi victim

A memorial scholarship has been established at Purdue University in honor of Andrew M. Roccella, a 1999 graduate who was among the five people killed when a Seaport Taxi overturned during a storm in Baltimore's Northwest Harbor.

The scholarship, set up by Roccella's family and friends, will provide financial assistance to Purdue students interested in studying in abroad, according to university officials.

Roccella, 26, of Vienna, Va., studied abroad in Italy in 1998. He met his girlfriend, Corinne J. Schillings, also 26 and a graduate of Purdue, on the trip. She also died in the accident March 6.

For information or to contribute to the scholarship, call 765-494-7798.

Flood insurance team sets sessions with Isabel victims

A National Flood Insurance Program community outreach team has scheduled visits to several Maryland jurisdictions to meet with policyholders who had losses from Tropical Storm Isabel and want to request a review of their claims to ensure that their settlements were equitable.

The first session will be held in Baltimore, from noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Polish Home Club, 510 S. Broadway.

Also scheduled are sessions from noon to 7 p.m. April 27 at the Mainstay Building in Rock Hall; noon to 6:30 p.m. April 28 at Kent Island United Methodist Church in Chester; and noon to 7 p.m. April 29 at Anne Arundel's South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater.

No appointment is necessary The program also has a toll-free telephone number, 800-427-4661, to reach a representative and initiate a review.

Council to hold hearing on nurses' union vote

The City Council's Housing, Health and Human Services Committee will hold a hearing at 5 p.m. Thursday on a resolution asking Bon Secours Hospital to allow its nurses to hold a free election to decide whether they want to join a union.

The hospital's nurses are planning to vote May 5 on whether to join the Service Employees International Union.

Union members said yesterday that when the nurses tried to unionize last year, hospital administrators used propaganda to try to frighten them. Hospital officials, however, said they respect the right of workers to make choices for themselves.

Portion of Fleet Street to close for utility repairs

A section of Fleet Street between Wolfe and Washington streets will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, the city Department of Transportation announced.

The temporary closure is necessary to accommodate crews working on underground utilities, the department said.

In Baltimore County

Goucher talk to explore religious corruption causes

TOWSON - Charles Kimball, professor of religion at Wake Forest University, will speak at 7:30 tonight in Goucher College's Merrick Lecture Hall about the factors that cause religious corruption, which he addressed in his recent book, When Religion Becomes Evil.

In his speech, Kimball will explore strategies the world's major religions can use to counteract corruption. A panel discussion, moderated by Sanford J. Ungar, Goucher's president, will follow Kimball's talk.

The event, co-sponsored by the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore, is open to the public.

Villa Julie to present `Working' this week

STEVENSON - Villa Julie College will present Working, a musical based on Studs Terkel's portrait of American life, today through Saturday at the school's Inscape Theatre. The college is at 1525 Greenspring Valley Road.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Thursday, and at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $7, $6 for students and seniors, and $5 for Villa Julie students.

Information: 443-334-2296.

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