City/County Digest


April 28, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Girl, 15, indicted as adult in attack at birthday party

A Baltimore grand jury indicted a 15-year-old girl yesterday who is accused of using her high-heel boots as a weapon in the near-fatal group beating of a 12-year-old girl at a birthday party this year.

Seletta Broaddus, who was a guest at the party, was indicted as an adult on charges of attempted first- and second-degree murder, assault and reckless endangerment. Police say Broaddus participated in the attack on Nicole Ashley Townes in February.

Broaddus, of the 400 block of N. Hilton St., is being held without bail. Nicole spent 20 days in a coma and is now recovering in a rehabilitation center, court records show.

Police find man's body floating near Fells Point

Baltimore police are waiting for autopsy results from the medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death of a man whose body was found yesterday floating near Fells Point in the Inner Harbor.

About 8:30 a.m., members of the Police Department's marine unit were on routine patrol when they found the body of a white man who appeared to be in his 20s near the 1700 block of Thames St., said spokesman Troy Harris.

Authorities have not identified the man, who was fully clothed, Harris said. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 410-396-2100.

City's management process finalist for Harvard award

Harvard University will announce today that Baltimore's CitiStat system has been named as a finalist for a $100,000 innovation award for improving the delivery of city services.

CitiStat is a management technique that keeps constant tab on services such as trash collection, pothole patching and housing inspections by consistently analyzing statistics generated by residents' complaints and service requests.

Mayor Martin O'Malley's senior staff and agency and department heads meet in biweekly CitiStat sessions to review statistics and quickly respond to head off problems like escalating overtime. The CitiStat process has reduced overtime costs by $20.9 million since its inception in 2000, city officials say.

On May 12, officials from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government will review Citi- Stat and 14 other finalists from nearly 1,000 applicants. They will name five winners July 28.

In Baltimore County

Goucher to hold discussion of desegregation decision

TOWSON - Goucher College will mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision with a panel discussion tomorrow night.

"Brown vs. Board of Education: A Look at Maryland 50 Years Later" will examine the impact of the 1954 ruling to desegregate public schools. Panelists include attorney Larry Gibson, Del. Salima S. Marriott, former Baltimore school board President Walter Sondheim Jr. and radio talk-show host Marc Steiner. Goucher President Sanford J. Unger will moderate.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Heubeck Multipurpose Room on the Goucher campus.

Orchestra to perform Friday at Villa Julie

STEVENSON - The Greenspring Valley Orchestra at Villa Julie College will present its spring concert Friday night at the school.

Villa Julie faculty member and orchestra director Robert Suggs will perform as soloist in Haydn's Trumpet Concerto. The orchestra, which is wrapping up its second season, includes students from Villa Julie and other schools, along with community members. Musicians of any age are welcome to join.

The concert is scheduled at 8 p.m. in the college's Inscape Theatre. Information: 443-334-2433.

Kamenetz reappoints Stahl to Board of Appeals

TOWSON - Baltimore County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz has reappointed Pikesville attorney Lawrence Stahl to the county's Board of Appeals, which handles zoning and land-use disputes.

Stahl has served on the board since 1995.

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