City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 25, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Administration seeks $22 million to cover additional city costs

Mayor Martin O'Malley's administration introduced 17 bills to the City Council last night asking for $22 million to pay for the operations of several departments that are exceeding their budgets for the current fiscal year.

The city departments requiring the supplemental financing include: police ($9.5 million); public works ($7.4 million); fire ($2.5 million); recreation and parks ($2.2 million); transportation ($250,000); and health ($200,000).

The administration also is seeking $400,000 for the state's attorney's office, which Baltimore helps finance.

Much of the additional costs stemmed from overtime related to snow removal and Tropical Storm Isabel.

Schoolchildren to form Living American Flag

Thousands of children from elementary schools across the area are expected to participate in the 21st annual Living American Flag at Fort McHenry today.

Pupils will be given red, white and blue cardboard rectangular squares to hold over their heads in a re-creation of the original Human Flag formed in 1914. That event marked the 100th anniversary of the defense of Baltimore and writing of the "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Actors in period costume will portray life at Fort McHenry in the 1800s. The event, sponsored by National Flag Day Foundation, will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Information: 410-563- FLAG or www.flagday.org.

Woman, son sentenced in 1995 death of husband

A 56-year-old woman, who was convicted last year of conspiring with her son to kill her husband in 1995, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Geralene Lincoln, of North Wilkesboro, N.C., was sentenced to life in prison, with all but 15 years suspended.

Her son, Leroy Lincoln, Jr., of the 400 block, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison, with all but 25 years suspended for conspiracy to murder his father. On February 27, 1995, Leroy Lincoln Sr. was found bludgeoned to death in his apartment in the 3500 block of E. Northern Parkway.

Woman is fatally stabbed in Perkins Homes courtyard

A 40-year-old woman died last night in the emergency room at Johns Hopkins Hospital, minutes after being stabbed at a Southeast Baltimore housing complex, police said.

About 7:45 p.m., the unnamed victim, believed to be a resident of East Baltimore, was among several people in a courtyard in the 200 block of S. Dallas Court at Perkins Homes when she was stabbed by an unknown assailant, said Detective Bob Cherry.

Anyone with information about the attack was urged to call Cherry or Detective Ray Laslett at 410-396-2100.

Druid Park Lake Drive lanes to be closed

The city Department of Transportation announced lane closings yesterday for a portion of Druid Park Lake Drive for construction work.

The roadway will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Linden Avenue and McCulloh Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for about four weeks, the department said.

In Baltimore County

Fire stations to receive exhaust-removal systems

HALETHORPE - A $750,000 federal grant will help the county Fire Department install systems to remove diesel exhaust from its 25 career fire stations, officials announced yesterday.

All major fire equipment runs on diesel fuel, which the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health regards as a possible carcinogen. Federal and local officials got a look yesterday at the technology at Halethorpe Station 5 on Washington Boulevard.

Halethorpe, Westview Station 13, Catonsville Station 4 and Eastview Station 15 are among the first stations to receive the systems. The federal grant will pay up to 70 percent of the project to a maximum of $750,000.

Senior center to observe fitness day tomorrow

COCKEYSVILLE - National Senior Health & Fitness Day will be observed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Cockeysville Senior Center, 10535 York Road.

Visitors can meet with experts on health and fitness matters, try a free yoga or tai chi class, or get a massage.

Information: 410-887-7694.

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