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September 09, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City issues request for bids to redevelop Oldtown Mall

The City of Baltimore is hoping someone will breathe life into Oldtown Mall near downtown and turn it into useful retail space, preferably a grocery store.

The Baltimore Development Corp. issued a 60-day request yesterday for proposals for the 5-acre site along the 400 and 500 blocks of N. Gay St. Although the city would like to see a grocery store built there, other ideas for the space will be considered. Proposals are due by noon Nov. 9.

The BDC is also seeking proposals for two city-owned properties on Harford Road in Northeast Baltimore. The sites are 4500-4502 Harford Road, a former gas station, and 4504 Harford Road, a single-family house. Both properties are vacant. Proposals for these sites are due by noon Nov. 8.

Attempted murder charges dropped against city man

Charges against a West Baltimore man accused of attempted murder in a shooting incident involving an off-duty Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer were dropped yesterday because the officer refused to cooperate with prosecutors, the city state's attorney's office said.

Dale Fauntleroy, 20, of the 2500 block of Woodland Ave. was cleared of any wrongdoing, including handgun charges, in the incident Aug. 11 and released from jail, said Margaret T. Burns, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney.

Transportation Authority Officer Devin Walker told Baltimore police that Fauntleroy shot at him at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 11 as he was sitting on the steps of a house in the 2700 block of Parkwood Ave. He also said Fauntleroy's cousin, Dione Fauntleroy, 19, of the 1600 block of W. North Ave., acted as a lookout.

However, since Walker reported the incident, he has recanted portions of the account and refused to help prosecutors, Burns said. Last month, charges against the cousin were dropped.

2 discussions planned to mark 9/11 anniversary

A pair of town hall meetings on U.S.-Islamic relations are scheduled for next week in Baltimore and College Park to commemorate the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The first discussion will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday in Mergenthaler 111 on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus and will include speeches by Kenneth Bacon, former assistant secretary of defense, and Ammar Abdulhamid, Syrian poet, novelist and commentator.

The second meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Grand Ballroom at the University of Maryland and will feature Shibley Telhami, the school's Anwar Sadat professor, and Peter W. Singer, director of the Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World.

The events, which are free and open to the public, are sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy, a nonpartisan youth leadership group.

Hispanic Heritage Night scheduled at aquarium

The Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the National Aquarium in Baltimore will hold a Hispanic Heritage Night tomorrow.

The event at the aquarium will include music, dance performances and lessons, stories, games, a bilingual underwater dive presentation and a buffet of Latin foods.

The evening is part of the aquarium's Friday after Five plan - admission is $5 after 5 p.m. - and is to run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The last ticket will be sold at 8 p.m. Information: 410- 727-7425 or 410-576-3845.

In Baltimore County

County receives $750,000 to hire officers for schools

TOWSON - Baltimore County will receive a federal grant of $750,000 to hire six community police officers to work in schools, according to a statement released yesterday by the offices of Maryland's Democratic senators, Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski.

The grant is from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services' COPS in Schools program, which is administered by the Justice Department.

"Combining community policing and education is an excellent way to help prevent school violence, as well as reduce crime in our local communities," Sarbanes said in the statement.

Volunteer fire companies to get $3.5 million in aid

KINGSVILLE - Baltimore County's volunteer fire companies will receive $3.5 million in county aid for fiscal 2005 at the annual meeting of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association tonight.

County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will present the checks to the volunteer firefighters at 6:30 p.m. at the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, Cedar Lane near Bradshaw Lane, the Baltimore County Fire Department said in a statement.

Baltimore County's joint fire service has 25 professional stations and 33 volunteer companies. Career stations are funded by the county, while volunteer companies receive a fixed amount of money, which they supplement through donations and fund-raising activities.

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