City/County Digest


September 28, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Traffic light repairs will take longer than expected

Transportation officials said yesterday that repairs to the underground system that synchronizes traffic signals throughout downtown and beyond will take longer than expected after city workers were unable to fix the system over the weekend.

The underground electrical fire that knocked out power to a 25-square-block swath of downtown Sept. 20 also damaged the computerized system that synchronizes traffic signals at 220 intersections throughout a much larger area of the city.

City crews have been working since Friday to bypass the fire area at Guilford Avenue by threading two new cables along an alternate route to connect them to the synchronization control room at 414 N. Calvert St.

Crews worked through Saturday but were unable to complete the connection, said Transportation Department spokesman David Brown. Repairs were to resume last night if the weather cooperated, and the work could take another two days to complete, he said.

City given until Oct. 8 to file motion on Clark report

The state Court of Special Appeals decided yesterday that Baltimore City officials have until Oct. 8 to file a motion in an effort to keep secret an investigative report detailing police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark's domestic dispute from earlier this year.

If city officials do not file the motion, the report will become public. If they do, the court will hear arguments Oct. 26 from city officials, as well as representatives from the news media who sued the city for access to the report.

The Sun and WBAL-TV sued the city and Mayor Martin O'Malley in June, demanding the release of the documents. Baltimore Circuit Judge Joseph H.H. Kaplan decided this month that the investigation, conducted by Howard County police, should not be "shielded from public view." City officials appealed Kaplan's decision.

34-year-old identified as victim of fatal shooting

Police identified Damon Brooks yesterday as the man fatally shot Sunday night inside his East Baltimore apartment.

The 34-year-old was apparently involved in an argument over money before he was shot in the head, police said yesterday. Officers responding to a report of gunfire found Brooks dead about 11:30 p.m. inside the third-floor apartment in the 300 block of E. 23rd St.

No arrests had been made, and police urged anyone with information to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

O'Donnell St. entrance to I-895 to be closed today

The entrance ramp from eastbound O'Donnell Street onto southbound Interstate 895 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Maintenance staff will replace a light pole, weather permitting, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Motorists who would use entrance 11A to reach I-895 will be detoured onto the westbound O'Donnell Street entrance ramp, 11B.

In Baltimore County

Help sought in search for Alzheimer's patient

WOODLAWN -- Baltimore County police asked for the public's help yesterday in finding a 52-year-old man who has been missing since Friday.

Myron Lansing Shannon, 53, of the 7400 block of Lexham Court is described as black, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 140 pounds, with short grayish-black hair, brown eyes and no teeth. He suffers from Alzheimer's disease, is taking medication for memory loss and would be unable to give his home phone number if asked, police said.

He was last seen wearing a turquoise jersey with the number "88," a camouflage jacket, light blue jeans, and brown Timberland boots. Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307- 2020.

Voter Awareness Day set for today at college

TOWSON -- Towson University's political science department, in partnership with the Baltimore County Board of Elections and the Baltimore County League of Women Voters, will sponsor a Voter Awareness Day from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the Potomac Lounge of the Student Union on campus.

In addition to voter registration applications, participants may pick up absentee ballot information, election judge applications and instructions for using voting machines.

Information: Marge Craven, League of Women Voters, 410-343-2072.

Support group to offer talk on Alzheimer's care

OWINGS MILLS -- The Alzheimer's Association Caregivers Support Group will present Diane Wit, educational director for the Alzheimer's Association of Maryland, speaking on patient care from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Atrium Village, 4730 Atrium Court, Owings Mills.

The discussion will focus on orienting family members and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's to the illness. Symptoms and progression of the illness, the effects on the caregiver, behavior management and resources for care will be discussed.

This event is free, and free respite care is available upon request. Information: 410-363- 0330.

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