City/County Digest


August 26, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

First `probable' case of W. Nile this year reported in city

Baltimore health officials reported yesterday the city's first "probable" case of West Nile virus this season.

The 59-year-old man was hospitalized with aseptic meningitis, an inflammation of the lining of the spinal cord, officials said. Final tests are expected to confirm the diagnosis. A second case of West Nile was confirmed this summer in Prince George's County.

West Nile is caused by a virus that is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Infected mosquitoes have been found this year in Baltimore near Pimlico Race Course and in Prince George's, Dorchester and Harford counties. Last year, the virus sickened 73 Marylanders and killed eight.

City gets $1 million grant for methadone treatment

The city's Board of Estimates formally accepted a federal grant yesterday aimed at providing temporary methadone treatment for drug addicts waiting for longer-term care.

The grant - nearly $1 million from the Department of Health and Human Services - was requested by the city Health Department and will be administered by Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems Inc.

Baltimore's health commissioner, Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, said the grant will make it possible for 1,000 uninsured city residents who are drug addicts to receive interim methadone treatment until slots in long-term methadone treatment facilities become available.

Events planned to mark Constellation anniversary

A cannon will be fired at 10:45 this morning at the Inner Harbor to recognize the 150th anniversary of the launch of the USS Constellation and mark the approximate time of the 1854 launch ceremony at the Gosport Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Va.

The Anniversary Festival of the Sea and gathering of former Constellation crew members and descendants will be held at the Inner Harbor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The festival will include nautical and folk music as well as such activities as knot-tying and model-ship making. Activities on Pier 1 will be free, but there will be an admission fee to tour the ship and museum. Children 14 years and younger who bring a homemade birthday card for the Constellation will receive free admission with a paying adult.

In Baltimore County

Burned body identified as Owings Mills man, 22

OWINGS MILLS - A man whose charred body was found inside a burning car Sunday has been identified as an Owings Mills resident, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Police said they believe that the fire that killed Vadim S. Movsesyan, 22, of the 100 block of Twin Willow Court was set accidentally. Movsesyan's car had been parked behind a vacant house in the 11200 block of Reisterstown Road, police said. Emergency workers arrived at the scene about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, after a passing motorist reported a fire in the woods, police said.

The medical examiner's office is trying to determine a cause and manner of death, police said.

Event Saturday focuses on Liberty Road corridor

RANDALLSTOWN - An Education, Housing & Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Road, for prospective homebuyers in the Liberty Road corridor.

The free fair is sponsored by the county school system, the Liberty Randallstown Coalition and the county Office of Community Conservation. It will feature home-maintenance workshops, health screenings and back-to-school information, organizers said.

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. said in a statement that he would attend the fair and that the county would pay $2,000 toward the closing costs of the first two attendees who place contracts on Liberty Road-area homes this year. Information about the county grant program: 410-887-4040.

Har Sinai to hold open house Sept. 2

OWINGS MILLS - Har Sinai, a Reform Jewish congregation, will hold an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 2 at the congregation's new temple at 2905 Walnut Ave.

Har Sinai's spiritual leaders, Rabbi Bradd Boxman and Cantor Nancy Ginsberg, will be joined by other members of the staff to share information about the synagogue.

Activities for the day will include tours of the synagogue and the Children's Corner, Har Sinai's new preschool. Information: 410-654-9130.

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