City/County Digest


September 29, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man gets life term in 1998 killing of home remodeler

A 27-year-old city man was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for the 1998 fatal shooting of a Timonium home remodeler who was found dead in the front seat of his pickup truck in North Baltimore.

Peter Adams of the 400 block of E. Preston St. was arrested in 2001 after a witness came forward and identified him as the gunman who killed James T. Piche. Adams was convicted in May 2002 of first-degree murder and handgun charges in the death of Piche, 35, whose body was found Dec. 16, 1998, in the 5200 block of Alhambra Ave.

Adams' sentencing had been delayed until the court decided on his motion for a new trial, which was denied.

Pride of Baltimore II to return to city today

The Pride of Baltimore II is set to return to the Inner Harbor at noon today.

The Pride II recently participating in a re-enactment of the Battle of St. Leonard's Creek at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in Southern Maryland.

The ship will dock at Pier 1, next to the Constellation. It will make several port calls around the Chesapeake Bay this fall.

Forum set for parents of city schoolchildren

A forum for parents of Baltimore schoolchildren is being held today at City Hall.

Baltimore school system staff and City Council members will hear from parents and community leaders as part of an effort to increase parents' participation in their children's education.

The forum will be held at 5 p.m. in the council chambers.

In Baltimore County

Six suffer minor injuries in fire at apartments

WOODLAWN - At least six residents of a Woodlawn apartment complex were treated for minor injuries last night after a two-alarm fire forced them and several others from their homes. Some of the injured were rescued from their balconies, authorities said.

Reported at 8:08 p.m. at the Gwynn Oaks Landing Apartments in the 6700 block of Townbrook Drive, the fire damaged several units in a three-story section, forcing many to flee into the heavy rain.

An unknown number of displaced residents were relocated within the apartment complex, police said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Diesel leak forces closure of York Road in Towson

TOWSON - Diesel fuel leaking from a delivery truck's broken fuel line forced authorities to shut a portion of York Road in Towson yesterday morning, after several cars slid on pavement that was slick from the fuel and rain.

The box truck leaked 30 gallons of diesel fuel along York Road, from West Road south to Burke Avenue, where the driver pulled over about 7:15 a.m., according to the county Fire Department and Maryland Department of the Environment.

After two minor accidents, authorities shut down York Road between Chesapeake Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard for about 45 minutes so county trucks could spread sand. MDE reported that the spill posed no environmental hazard.

Israeli peace activist to speak at library today

PIKESVILLE - The Baltimore Tikkun Community will present activist Adam Keller of Gush Shalom, an Israeli peace organization, at 7 p.m. today at the Pikesville library branch, 1301 Reisterstown Road.

Keller is the editor of The Other Israel, a newsletter of the peace movement.

Information: 410-486-6307.

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