City/County Digest


September 02, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Elevators at Charles Subway station to be closed for 4 months

The elevators at the Charles Center subway station will be closed for four months starting yesterday, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

The elevators will be closed to allow upgrades to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Of the 33 subway elevators, 29 have been upgraded, and all are scheduled to be completed by June.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun gave an incorrect date for the touch-screen voting demonstration at Stella Maris in Timonium. The demonstration will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8, according to Darlene M. Anderson, deputy director of the Baltimore County Board of Elections. The Sun regrets the error.

MTA staff members will be available to assist riders unable to use the station's escalators on their own, said Cheron Wicker, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Woman, 51, shot at home Tuesday dies at hospital

A 51-year-old woman who was shot early Tuesday at her East Baltimore home died yesterday evening at Johns Hopkins Hospital, city police reported.

The victim, Jenny Emerson-Bey, was dropped off at her home in the 2400 block of E. Biddle St. about 12:05 a.m. by a female relative and had just entered the house when the relative heard several gunshots and called police, said Detective Gordon Carew.

"We're following some leads," Carew said of the investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call the homicide detective at 410-396-2100.

Man, 24, shot in his SUV, dies of wounds at hospital

A 24-year-old East Baltimore man died late last night after he was shot while seated in his sport utility vehicle, police said.

Shortly after 11 p.m., Eastern District officers heard gunshots coming from the 1100 block of Homewood Ave. and found the victim slumped over the steering wheel of a Ford Explorer and bleeding from multiple wounds to the upper body.

Police said the man, believed to have been shot through an open window, died in the emergency room at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His name was withheld pending notification of family members.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Joseph Jefferson at 410-396-2100.

Senator Della's son pleads guilty to gun charge

The son of Sen. George W. Della Jr. pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to a misdemeanor charge of transporting a handgun. He was given a suspended sentence and ordered to perform community service.

George Della, 21, was arrested at 11:30 p.m. New Year's Eve after police stopped him in East Baltimore for speeding and noticed a handgun in the console of the car.

He was given a two-year suspended sentence, two years of probation and was told to complete 100 hours of community service. If he successfully completes his sentence, Judge Kaye Allison said, she will consider striking the guilty finding in two years.

Police to get $8,500 TV to use in emergency center

City police are getting an $8,500 plasma television, but don't expect the department's top brass to gather 'round for Monday Night Football.

The 50-inch TV - approved yesterday by the Board of Estimates - will be used in the emergency center in police headquarters, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. The television will be used to display facts and figures for Comstat, the department's system for mapping crime and tracking police performance. Now those images are projected on a pull-down screen, Monroe said.

The television will also enable police commanders to monitor crimes and emergencies, such as footage of high-speed car chases, she said. Live images taken from cameras, including those aboard department helicopters, can be projected onto the screen, she said. The department has a similar television in its mobile command unit.

In Baltimore County

Demonstrations planned of new voting systems

TIMONIUM - "Get Ready to Vote," a hands-on demonstration of Maryland's voting system, will be presented from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.

Representatives from Baltimore County's Voter Outreach program and Diebold Electronic Systems, which makes the polling equipment, will show how to use the touch-screen electronic voting booth and answer questions.

Other presentations are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville campus, J Building, 800 S. Rolling Road; from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Watersedge Fall Festival at the end of Dundalk Avenue in Dundalk; and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Pickersgill Retirement Community, 615 Chestnut Ave., Towson.

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