City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 28, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man found bound, fatally shot in car parked at school

A man was found bound and fatally shot in the chest yesterday morning inside a car parked at Lyndhurst Elementary School in West Baltimore, police said.

Faculty members called police about 8:30 a.m. to report a man sleeping in the back of a beat-up, light blue Oldsmobile parked near a trash container in the school's parking lot, said Agent Donny Moses, a city police spokesman.

The school, in the 600 block of Wildwood Parkway, remained open while detectives searched the car and the contents of its trunk late yesterday morning. Moses said the man's hands were tied with rope in front of his body. Detectives were using the car's registration yesterday in an attempt to identify the victim.

Schaefer Tower remains closed today for repairs

State officials announced yesterday that the downtown William Donald Schaefer Tower will remain closed today as repairs continue on the building's fire sprinkler system.

The 27-story building at 6 St. Paul St. was closed Wednesday afternoon when officials discovered the problem in the sprinkler system's pump motor in the basement. The city Fire Department recommended that the building be evacuated and be kept closed to workers as a safety precaution.

More than 1,500 employees from 17 state agencies work in the building. A Department of General Services spokesman said officials hope the repairs are completed in time for the building to reopen Tuesday after the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Council to discuss agencies that exceeded budgets

The City Council's budget and appropriations committee is scheduled to meet at noon today in City Hall to discuss Mayor Martin O'Malley's request for $22 million to pay for the operations of several departments 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 extra costs stemmed from overtime related to snow removal and Tropical Storm Isabel.

The additional expenditures are being covered by money from several sources including, among others, excess funds from tax collections, surplus money from other agencies, and forfeitures of drug and gambling contraband.

30 attend hearing on demolishing ex-dairy

More than 30 people attended a combative daylong administrative hearing about whether an art deco-inspired former dairy in Fells Point can be demolished to make way for a cluster of townhouses.

"This is a pretty contentious situation," said administrative hearing officer Patrice Wells, as preservationists challenged city officials and a developer who want to demolish the 1937 building in the 2000 block of Fleet St. She will render her decision within 30 days.

City Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano defended his decision to sign a demolition order. But several preservationists said losing the building would threaten the architectural fabric of Fells Point, one of the oldest sections of the city.

In Baltimore County

7 high school students win $500 art scholarships

WOODLAWN -- Seven Baltimore County high school students have won $500 scholarships in the third annual Security Square Mall Art program.

The winners are Candice Carr (Owings Mills), Julien Dashiell (Randallstown), Ashley Jones (Carver Center for the Arts), Kelly Keppley (Lansdowne), Daniel Nicholson (Woodlawn), Errol Webber (Milford Mill Academy) and Jessica Winters (Catonsville).

Students were required to produce a two-dimensional poster, drawing, quilting, photograph, print or collage. Eighteen finalists were chosen, and the winners were selected by teachers and administrators in the county public school system. Each winning piece of artwork will be displayed for a year in the Security Square Art Scholarship Gallery.

Outdoor concert series to kick off Tuesday night

CHASE -- The 10th annual summer concert series held outdoors at the Oliver Beach Community Hall Park will kick off Tuesday with the Dixie Mudcatters. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are sponsored by the Friends of the Oliver House.

Other concerts will feature the big band sound of the Townsmen on June 8, the Middle River Concert Band on June 21 and Glenn and the Gemtones, music of the 1940s and 1950s, on June 29.

Information: 410-335-5834.

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