City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 17, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Arcadia man dies after being pinned by farm tractor

ARCADIA - An Arcadia man died yesterday afternoon when the farm tractor he was driving overturned into a creek, pinning him in 2 feet of water. A Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman said it wasn't clear whether the man had drowned or was killed by the impact.

The incident occurred while the man, whose identity was not released by county fire officials, was mowing a field on his property in the 16200 block of Trenton Church Road.

A small amount of diesel fuel, transmission fluid and hydraulic fluid leaked into the stream when the tractor overturned, fire officials said. Crews built two dams and used floating absorbent booms to contain the spilled material.

County rejects complaint over contract process

TOWSON - Baltimore County has denied a contract appeal by the drug treatment provider Right Turn of Maryland, saying the county's bidding process was proper.

Right Turn, which has had a contract to treat nonviolent drug offenders for the county for 10 years, had alleged that the county had "arbitrarily" changed the terms of its request for proposals.

But county budget chief Fred Homan wrote to Right Turn's attorney last week that the county had requested proposals centered on cognitive behavioral therapy, which the county concluded would be more effective at preventing recidivism than Right Turn's traditional 12-step program.

Senior volunteers to be honored Thursday

TOWSON - Baltimore County will honor more than 1,200 senior volunteers who gave at least 100 hours last year at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Martin's West.

Artist Sandy Magsamen and County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will speak at the Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland will be recognized by the county Department of Aging as Business Partner of the Year.

In Baltimore City

Autopsy results awaited after woman's body found

Police were awaiting yesterday the results of an autopsy on the body of an unidentified woman found Friday in bushes near Carroll Park.

About 2:30 p.m., Southern District police were directed to the 600 block of S. Payson St. where they found the nude body of a woman in her late teens near railroad tracks and the northern edge of Carroll Park.

Police said the body bore numerous signs of injury.

Anyone with information on the case should call Detective Corey Alston at 410-396-2100.

Construction executive wins fair-housing award

Bart Harvey, chairman and chief executive officer of the Enterprise Foundation, a home construction company, has been named recipient of the 2004 Fair Housing Award from Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc.

Harvey will be honored during BNI's 45th annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave. in Baltimore. Baltimore Circuit Court Administrative Judge Marcella A. Holland will be the keynote speaker.

Harvey was selected because of the Enterprise Foundation's efforts at providing low-income people with affordable housing and access to jobs and childcare. BNI advocates for stable, racially integrated neighborhoods and offers counseling in tenant-landlord disputes.

Information: Joe Coffey, BNI executive director, 410-243-4468.

Summer reading program set to begin June 21

A summer reading enrichment program for children and adults is scheduled to begin June 21 in Baltimore.

Sponsored by George Washington University's College of Professional Studies, the program for children 4 and older will focus on developing phonics and comprehension. The curriculum for older students and adults aims to improve comprehension, study skills and vocabulary. Tuition is $299. Another program will be offered in Towson starting July 27.

Information: 800-978-9596.

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