City/county Digest


May 05, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Seven who died in the line of duty to be honored Friday

TIMONIUM -- Three police officers and four firefighters from Maryland who died in the line of duty during the past year will be honored Friday at the 19th annual Fallen Heroes Day ceremony. The memorial service will start at 1 p.m. at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road.

Among those to be honored are Lt. Walter A. Taylor Sr. of the Baltimore Police Department; Fire Spec. Thomas Brown of the Baltimore County Fire Department; and firefighter Richard A. Jones of the Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Company.

The ceremony will include a procession of more than 25 honor guards from throughout Maryland, motorcycles, mounted units, bagpipers and drummers.

Police seek information in thefts from supermarkets

TOWSON -- Police departments in Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel counties are seeking information about a series of thefts from cash registers at Giant supermarkets.

In at least five incidents, according to Baltimore County police, a person distracted a cashier at the help desk while another person or several people pried open the cash register and took money.

Police said they believe five people are involved in the scheme. In Baltimore County, an attempted theft April 16 at a Giant on Belair Road and a theft April 17 of $674 from a Giant on York Road are attributed to the group, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman. The same group is believed to be responsible for two similar incidents in Anne Arundel County and one in Howard County, Vinson said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020, Anne Arundel County police at 410-222-6135 or Howard County police at 410-313-3200.

Lectures focus on death, dying and bereavement

PIKESVILLE -- A pair of lectures on death, dying and bereavement will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral home, 8900 Reisterstown Road. The lectures, which are expected to last until 9:30 p.m., are free and open to the public.

The program, the Irvin B. Levinson Memorial Lecture Series, features Therese A. Rando, clinical director at the Institute for Study and Treatment of Loss in Rhode Island, whose talk is titled: "Coping with Sudden & Traumatic Death of a Loved One."

Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg of Baltimore's Beth Tfiloh Congregation also will speak. His talk is titled: "Critical Illness, Critical Care, Critical Choices."

In Baltimore City

Man gets life sentence for killing in Liberty Heights

A life sentence has been imposed on a 30-year-old Baltimore man convicted last month of first-degree murder in the slaying of another man who was shot in the head four times in the Liberty Heights neighborhood.

George R. Foster of the 4700 block of Melbourne Road also was given a concurrent term of 20 years by city Circuit Judge Kaye Allison at the sentencing Monday for related handgun offenses.

Prosecutors said Foster and an unknown accomplice approached Michael Rice, 23, near his home in the 5600 block of Haddon Ave. on June 15, 2000, and opened fire.

Forum to address efforts to retain `creative class'

Baltimore's efforts to attract, engage and retain the "creative class" -- including artists, writers and scientists -- will be discussed during a free forum at noon today at the Johns Hopkins University's Downtown Center, Charles and Fayette streets.

David Costello, director of the Mayor's Office of Community Investment, will introduce "Creative Baltimore," an initiative intended to position Baltimore as a diverse and creative city.

Creative Baltimore is a response to Richard Florida's book The Rise of the Creative Class, which argues that "creative class" residents are a key to urban development.

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