City/County Digest


September 23, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

$25,000 approved to aid the hunt for social services chief

The city's spending board belatedly approved hiring an executive search firm for $25,000 to help find a new director for the Department of Social Services.

City officials hired Ralph Andersen & Associates this summer to help find candidates for the job, which has been the subject of a dispute between Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Mayor Martin O'Malley for the past year.

Normally, the Board of Estimates would have to approve such a contract beforehand. But city officials who brought the item to the board yesterday said they were hampered by time constraints imposed by a July 12 court ruling, which gave the city and state 45 days to find a director who was acceptable to Ehrlich and O'Malley.

That deadline came and went last month. Candidates are being interviewed, and an appointment is expected "soon," O'Malley said yesterday.

Unidentified young man fatally shot in Waverly

An unidentified young man died last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital, shortly after being shot on a street in the city's Waverly section, police said.

Northern District officers responding to a reported shooting about 7:45 p.m. found the victim - believed to be in his late teens or early 20s - lying in the 700 block of E. 36th St., bleeding from multiple wounds, police said. He died shortly after 9 p.m.

Anyone with information was urged to call Detective Mark Hughes at 410-396-2100.

Northern Neighborhoods to hold homebuying fair

Northern Neighborhoods will hold a tour and homebuying fair Sunday to highlight northern areas of the city east of York Road.

The tour and fair - set to run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. - will meet in the eastern parking lot of Belvedere Square in the 500 block of Belvedere Ave. It will include tours of neighborhoods, visits to open houses and information from real estate and housing professionals and lenders.

The tour will include areas around Belvedere Square, Morgan State University and Good Samaritan Hospital. Northern Neighborhoods is a group of neighborhood associations. Information: 410-435-6680.

Panel to discuss effects of noise on sea mammals

A panel of experts will speak at the National Aquarium today at 6:30 p.m. on the effects of sonar and other human noises on whales, dolphins and other marine mammals.

The event, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is open to the public. Advance tickets are $10. If seats are available, tickets at the door will be $5.

Information: 410-727-3474.

Registration due today for youth poetry slam

The Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold a poetry slam Saturday afternoon for youths age 11 to 18.

Students are asked to share original poems and writing, competing for prizes that include gift certificates to local stores.

The slam will be held in the Central Library's Edgar Allan Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St. Registration is required by today at 410-545-3288.

In Baltimore County

Police release photograph of man sought in robbery

TOWSON - County police are looking for a man they say is responsible for the armed robbery of a liquor store in Arbutus.

Police distributed a photograph of the man, described as 30 to 40 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has a goatee. Police said a man armed with a handgun walked into the store in the 900 block of Leeds Ave. about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6, demanded money and fled.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP. A reward of up to $2,000 is offered.

MADD to hold meeting today in Cockeysville

COCKEYSVILLE - The northern Maryland chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Cockeysville branch library, 9833 Greenside Drive.

The guest speaker will be Peggy Basham, facilitator for the Families of Homicide and Drunk Driving Victims, a support group associated with the Baltimore County state's attorney's office.

Information: 410-321-MADD.

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