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April 29, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Board of Estimates OKs deal to help minority contractors

Baltimore's spending board unanimously awarded a $300,000 contract yesterday to a nonprofit group that will run a program to help small, minority contractors qualify to bid on certain city work.

The contract awarded by the Board of Estimates authorizes the Small Business Resource Center to manage the Local Contractor's Development Program established in 2002 by the Mayor's Office of Minority Business Development.

FOR THE RECORD - A headline on an item in the City/Country briefs in yesterday's editions of The Sun erroneously said that "quality of life" crimes in Baltimore County had increased by nearly 17 percent. As the article stated, the number of offenses had increased by 1.1 percent; it was the number of arrests that had increased by nearly 17 percent. The Sun regrets the error.

The program was previously run by DevCorp Consulting Corp. of Washington, which helped 50 clients. Through that group's assistance, 22 companies qualified for the bonding needed to bid on city contracts from the departments of Public Works and Transportation. About half of those companies won city work, said Andrea Garris, acting director of the Minority Business Development Office.

Arnold Jolivet, a minority business advocate, criticized the program's past efforts but told the board he hopes the new contract produces better results.

Passenger killed in crash identified as Edgemere teen

A teen-age passenger killed Wednesday when a car slammed into a utility pole in Southeast Baltimore was identified by city police yesterday as a 17-year-old from Edgemere, while the driver remained hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police said Adam Malinski, 20, of the first block of Avalon Ave. in Dundalk was driving a 1992 Honda Civic west in the 6400 block of Holabird Ave. at a high speed about 9 p.m. when the car glanced off the side of an eastbound Ford Mustang turning left onto Kane Street.

Police said the slight impact caused the Honda to spin out of control and crash head-on into the pole.

Pronounced dead at the scene was Joseph Taylor of the 3200 block of Grace Road. Malinski was admitted in serious condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The driver and passenger in the Mustang were not injured, police said.

Man found dead in harbor identified as county resident

A man whose body was found floating Tuesday morning in the harbor near Fells Point was identified yesterday as a 26-year-old Dundalk resident, city police said.

The man was identified through fingerprints and by a relative as Damon D. Diotte of the 1900 block of Wareham Road, police said, adding that results of an autopsy by the state medical examiner's office were pending.

His fully clothed body was found about 8:30 a.m. by Police Department marine unit officers off the 1700 block of Thames St.

In Baltimore County

`Quality of life' crimes increase nearly 17 percent

TOWSON - Arrests for "quality of life" crimes such as destruction of property and drug possession rose in Baltimore County last year, county police said yesterday.

Arrests for offenses designated by the FBI as "Part II" crimes were up nearly 17 percent in the county last year compared with the year before, police said. Part I crimes include murder, rape, robbery and burglary, while Part II crimes include drug possession, disorderly conduct and vandalism, along with economic crimes such as fraud, counterfeiting and embezzlement.

Police said the number of Part II offenses increased 1.1 percent. Police said cooperation from community groups whose members identified problem areas and frequent offenders helped lead to the increase in the number of arrests for such crimes.

Cake, tour to mark Towson's 150th year

TOWSON - The 150th anniversary of Towson's selection as county seat will be marked today with a birthday cake and a walking tour.

The 8-foot-by-4-foot cake will be cut at 1 p.m. in the Towson Courthouse Gardens.

A walking tour of Towson and Prospect Hill Cemetery, led by Historic Towson Inc., will depart shortly thereafter.

Smith to hold discussion for Pikesville residents

PIKESVILLE - Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will hold a roundtable discussion for Pikesville-area residents tonight.

The discussion, which is the sixth in Smith's series of roundtables around the county, will feature a panel of community, religious and business leaders from the Pikesville area.

The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Pikesville High School, 7621 Labyrinth Road.

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