City/County Digest


April 30, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Police search for suspect charged in bank robbery

TOWSON - Baltimore County police said they were searching yesterday for a man charged in one bank robbery and suspected in six others, including one yesterday in Owings Mills.

Gary Allen Mitchell, 33, is charged in an arrest warrant in a robbery March 19 of a Provident Bank branch on Shipping Place in Dundalk, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman.

Based on video surveillance tapes, Mitchell is also a suspect in a robbery yesterday afternoon at 1st Mariner Bank on Painters Mill Road in Owings Mills and in bank robberies in recent weeks in Dundalk, Catonsville and Baltimore, police said.

Mitchell's last known address was in the 300 block of Winters Lane in Catonsville. Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020.

Children recognized for anti-drug posters

TOWSON - Baltimore County State's Attorney Sandra A. O'Connor presented prizes yesterday to the middle school winners of her office's anti-drug poster contest.

Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders submitted more than 4,000 posters with anti-drug and anti-alcohol themes. Winning posters have been made into calendars, and winning pupils received U.S. Savings Bonds ranging from $300 to $600 - all paid for with assets forfeited from drug dealers, according to the state's attorney's office.

Samantha Cummings, an eighth-grader at Good Shepherd School, received the top prize. More than 20 other pupils also got awards.

Family Fun Farm Day set tomorrow at park

TOWSON - Farm-themed games, crafts and a hay wagon ride will be offered as part of a Family Fun Farm Day tomorrow at Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road.

The event, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Willow Grove Farm, is for all ages. Reservations are required. The cost is $3 per person.

Information: 410-887-2503.

In Baltimore City

Lawyer named to post in city Social Service's unit

Maryland Department of Human Resources Secretary Christopher J. McCabe announced yesterday the appointment of Anna Forbes Towns as assistant director of the Baltimore Department of Social Service's unit of Adult, Family and Children's Services.

Towns, who assumes the job next month, was most recently a lawyer in private practice, focusing on special education law. She has worked as a lawyer and social worker at the Department of Child and Family Services in Washington and been a liaison worker between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and faith-based community organizations.

Towns earned a law degree from the Howard University School of Law, a master's degree in social work from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., and a sociology degree from Morgan State University.

Radio broadcast expected to add traffic downtown

The city Department of Transportation issued a warning yesterday to expect heavy downtown traffic during this morning's rush hour as thousands of people attend a live national radio broadcast of the Tom Joyner Morning Show program at 1st Mariner Arena.

The free show, which is open to the public, is scheduled to air from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and feature an appearance by singer Patti LaBelle. It is part of a Joyner benefit campaign for Coppin State University.

Those attending the event were urged by the city to take public transportation or park at Camden Yards Lot C, but the numbers could have an impact on downtown parking, as well as traffic later in the morning as people leave the event.

League of Women Voters to hold dinner meeting

The annual dinner meeting of the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys.

Anthony McCarthy, radio host on WEAA-FM and publisher of the newspaper Gay Life, will discuss the outlook for the city in the wake of the 2004 General Assembly session.

The dinner meeting, which costs $30, is open to the public. Information or reservations: 410-377-7738.

May Fest to feature parade, entertainment tomorrow

First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church and Carter Memorial Church of God in Christ will hold their annual community May Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Saratoga Street and Fremont Avenue in West Baltimore.

Baltimore Ravens star Chris McAlister will join with the churches as hosts of the event, which will include a noon parade, entertainment and children's activities and offer information on employment, health and economic opportunities.

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