City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

July 01, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City plans to buy west-side site, forcing out deli

The city Board of Estimates approved a plan yesterday to acquire a building near Maryland General Hospital that will force a family-owned deli to relocate.

The city needs to acquire the property at 890 Linden Ave. to widen Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Linden Deli owners Young An and his brother-in-law, Yong Kim, said the plan will ruin their 11-year-old business.

John C. Murphy, the lawyer for An and Kim, said they paid about $480,000 for the building and business. The city has offered to compensate the owners $210,000. The issue now moves to the City Council for its final approval of the authorizing ordinance. Murphy said the deli owners will continue to fight the move.

"Everyone talks about small business, immigrant businesses, and how they contribute to the city," Murphy said. "Well, here we are. Wouldn't you make special efforts to not really destroy a business like this?"

Man, 46, is fatally stabbed on East Monument Street

A 46-year-old man was fatally stabbed yesterday morning in East Baltimore, and police had no suspect and knew of no motive in the killing.

Officers, alerted by possible witnesses, found the man with several stab wounds about 11:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of E. Monument St., police said. The victim, whose name was being withheld last night, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

"It was in broad daylight on Monument Street," said homicide Detective Kirk Hastings. Anyone with information about the attack was urged to call him at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

Randallstown High shooting victim in Shock Trauma

William "Tipper" Thomas, the most seriously wounded victim in the May 7 shootings outside Randallstown High School, is back in Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical but stable condition, according to family members.

In late May, Thomas was transferred from Shock Trauma to Kernan Hospital, where he faced months of rehabilitation to regain use of his legs. But a week after he attended his June 4 graduation ceremony, he returned to Shock Trauma, said Ann R. Godwin, an aunt with whom he lives.

She said he developed a lung infection, one of his lungs collapsed and he has had three additional operations. Thomas was shot in the neck, back and chest when gunfire erupted in the school parking lot after a charity basketball game.

Fire Museum open for its summer season

LUTHERVILLE -- The Fire Museum of Maryland, which displays the history of firefighting through dozens of fire engines and exhibits, is open for its summer season. The hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Summer attractions include family story time at 11:30 a.m. Fridays; $1 off senior citizen admission Wednesdays; and craft days on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

The museum is at 1301 York Road. Admission is $6; $5 for firefighters and senior citizens; and $4 for children ages 2 to 12. Information: 410-321-7500.

Banneker park to offer series of nature programs

OELLA -- The Banneker Historical Park will offer free nature programs on five Saturdays, starting July 10 with "Native American Day" from noon to 3 p.m.

Other programs are "Log- Cabin Building," from 1 to 3 p.m. July 17; "Reptile and Amphibian Day," from noon to 3 p.m. July 24; "Scales and Tales," from 1 to 3 p.m. July 31; and "Watch out for that Bird," from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 7.

The park is at 300 Oella Avenue, at Old Frederick Road. Information: 410-887-1081.

Volunteer `victims' sought for summer disaster drill

TOWSON -- The county is seeking volunteer "victims" for a mock disaster drill to be held this summer.

Baltimore County Volunteers and the Office of Emergency Management are seeking 100 volunteers, who must be at least age 16. Students can receive community service hours for their participation. The drill will be on a Saturday in August.

Information: 410-887-2715.

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