City/County Digest


August 11, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

State building reopens after break in main is repaired

The headquarters of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reopened yesterday, one day after a water main break forced employees to be sent home early.

The repairs to the 10-inch-wide, 30-year-old main were completed before the start of business yesterday. The cracks -- both radial and lateral -- were discovered by Department of General Services workers early Monday morning, according to Dave Humphrey, a spokesman for the agency.

The Herbert R. O'Conor Office Building at 201 W. Preston St. -- where almost 2,000 employees work -- was not damaged, Humphrey said. Crews were forced to cut away part of the broken water main and then install stainless steel couplings.

Firefighters rescue three who fled burning rowhouse

City firefighters rescued three people last night who fled their burning West Baltimore rowhouse and took refuge on the roof of an adjoining dwelling. Each suffered minor smoke inhalation but refused medical treatment, a Fire Department spokesman said.

When firefighters arrived in the 2600 block of Francis St. about 9:30 p.m., they spotted two men and a woman huddled atop the roof of a two-story home as flames raced through the second and third floors of their dwelling next door, sending dense smoke throughout the area.

Firefighters climbed an aerial ladder and escorted the three to safety, said Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman. The fire was under control in less than 30 minutes. Its cause is under investigation.

Two captured after shooting involving Md. transit officer

Police have captured two relatives in connection with an exchange of gunfire Monday night in West Baltimore between an off-duty Maryland Transportation Authority police officer and would-be robbers.

About 10:30 p.m., one of the men fired an errant shot at the officer and his girlfriend -- who were sitting on a porch in 2700 block of Parkwood Ave. -- during a robbery attempt, authority police spokeswoman Catherine Leahan said. The officer fired back, hitting the man in each leg, Baltimore police said.

The 20-year-old suspect was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he remained yesterday. Baltimore police did not release his name but said he will be charged with attempted murder and handgun violations. The injured man's relative -- Dione Fauntleroy, 19, of the 1600 block of W. North Ave. -- was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with attempted murder and handgun violations, police said.

Authority police did not release the name of the officer. As is routine, he has been assigned administrative duties while the incident is investigated.

Druid Hill Park to be site of 13th Stone Soul Picnic

The 13th annual Stone Soul Picnic will be held Saturday at Druid Hill Park.

The picnic, which is sponsored by several local radio stations, will run from noon to 8 p.m. and feature a dozen musical acts, including S.O.S. Band, Regina Belle, Laylah Hathaway, Boney James, Van Hunt and Tamyra Gray.

The picnic will include vendors selling arts and crafts and food. There also will be a children's pavilion.

In Baltimore County

Grant to set up jobs plan for parents owing support

TOWSON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the county justice system a $151,000 grant to establish a program that would help unemployed county residents who owe child support to find jobs.

The Baltimore County Family Employment and Support Project will match nonpaying parents with caseworkers who will help them develop job skills, assist in finding employment and monitor their progress so they can pay child support and avoid jail, Circuit Judge John O. Hennegan said yesterday.

Participants would enter the one-year program voluntarily or by court order, and the court employment coordinator would report their progress to the judge.

Teens programs continuing at Scott's Branch center

RANDALLSTOWN -- A summer program for teenagers at the Scott's Branch Police Athletic League Center at 3651 Rolling Road will be offered until Aug. 20, the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Police Department announced.

The program -- which includes hip-hop dance classes, sports leagues and job-skills training -- is in operation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays at the Randallstown center. The program is running from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dundalk PAL Center, 7701 Dunmanway.

Information: 410-887-4156.

Fire Department show offers hurricane tips

TOWSON -- The latest edition of Burning Issues, the Fire Department's cable television program, includes information on how the county prepares for hurricane season.

Lt. Richard Muth, director of emergency management, also discusses the impact of Tropical Storm Isabel in the eastern part of the county and offers tips for residents to prepare for such storms.

This edition of Burning Issues will run on Comcast Channel 25 though Oct. 1.

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