City/County Digest


July 21, 2004

In Baltimore City

Shotgun blast wounds bus driver; man, 30, arrested

An MTA bus driver was wounded by a shotgun blast early yesterday after picking up a man who was the gunman's intended target, police said. A suspect was arrested about five hours after the incident.

The driver, Eartha Collins-Harrison, 49, stopped to pick up the passenger about 1 a.m. in the 2400 block of Reisterstown Road , said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

As the bus started to pull away, the gunman fired a shotgun, wounding the driver in the right hand and right thigh but not injuring any of the few passengers on the bus, police and MTA officials said. Collins-Harrison was in good condition at Sinai Hospital, Harris said.

The man who police said was the intended target identified the gunman from a photo lineup, and police arrested Anthony Jackson, 30, of the 2200 block of Whittier Ave. He was charged with 10 offenses, including attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Norris to begin serving prison term in Fla. today

Former Baltimore police Commissioner Edward T. Norris is scheduled to surrender this morning to begin serving his six-month prison sentence for federal corruption and tax crimes.

Norris will be confined at the minimum-security federal prison at Eglin Air Force Base, not far from his current home in Tampa, Fla.

Norris, who left his Baltimore job to become superintendent of the Maryland State Police, pleaded guilty in March in U.S. District Court to using money from a little-known city police account to pay for romantic liaisons, lavish meals, trips and gifts. His prison term is to be followed by six months of home detention.

Ravens quarterback to read to children in Hampden

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller will read to children at the Hampden branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library at 2:30 p.m. today.

The event is part of the Pratt's "Readers Rule" summer program, in which thousands of city children have set reading goals to meet by Aug. 7. A celebration will be held for top readers Aug. 25 at the Maryland Science Center.

Besides reading, Boller will sign autographs and talk with children. The Hampden library is located at 3641 Falls Road. Information: 410-396-6043.

NAACP to hold workshop on financial topics

The Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold a workshop Saturday outlining the basics of business development, saving and investing.

Workshop topics also include financing businesses and establishing financial goals.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NAACP's Baltimore branch offices, 8 W. 26th St. Information and registration: 410-366-3300.

In Baltimore County@SUBHEDCar-seat check planned for tomorrow in Woodlawn

WOODLAWN - The Baltimore SAFE KIDS Coalition has scheduled a child safety-seat check from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at the parking lot across from Fox Chevrolet at 6633 Security Blvd.

According to the organization, four of five children are not secured correctly in vehicles.

Information: 410-328-7532.

From staff reports

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