City/County Digest


October 07, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

U.S. agency awards city $14 million to finance two projects

A federal agency awarded Baltimore more than $14 million to help finance two economic development projects, city officials announced yesterday.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provided a $13.3 million loan and a $975,000 grant to the city's Department of Housing and Community Development.

The loan will be used to acquire 26 acres in Carroll Camden in Southwest Baltimore and in Rosemont in West Baltimore, two urban-renewal areas. Baltimore Development Corp. will administer the loan to finance the Gateway South Initiative, a plan to redevelop 600,000 square feet of business space in a 16-acre area southwest of M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The grant has been designated solely for the development of the Warner Street Corridor in the Carroll Camden Industrial Park, which is home to more than 165 businesses that employ more than 6,100 people.

Man shot to death in Northwest Baltimore

A 21-year-old West Baltimore man was fatally shot early yesterday in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

Officers responding about 12:40 a.m. to a report of shots fired in the 3400 block of Woodland Ave. found Jermaine Murdock of the 1100 block of N. Stricker St. sprawled on the sidewalk, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man is the 223rd homicide victim this year in Baltimore. At this point last year, there had been 202 victims.

Harris asked anyone with information to call Detective Donald Bradshaw at 410-396-2100.

Man held in Boston waives extradition in 1974 killing

The man sought in a 1974 Baltimore killing who was arrested in Boston last month in a knife attack on a bus waived an extradition hearing yesterday, but will stand trial there before being returned to Maryland, the district attorney's office for Suffolk County, Mass., reported.

Michael Hughes, 57, is being held without bail in Boston as a fugitive, and faces trial there on charges including a civil rights violation stemming from the slashing of a 23-year-old transit bus passenger Sept. 5, possibly because the victim is gay, the prosecutor's office said.

After the arrest of Hughes, authorities learned that he was wanted on charges of fatally shooting 40-year-old McKinley Johnson, a civilian Baltimore police employee, on Christmas Eve 1974. Johnson had been preparing charity baskets for the poor and was shot while chasing a thief who stole a can of lunch meat.

Woman's body found in Inner Harbor

Homicide detectives are seeking the identity and cause of death of a black woman whose body was found floating in the Inner Harbor last night near the Constellation.

About 7:30 p.m., a couple riding in a paddle boat between the historic ship and the Light Street pavilion at Harborplace spotted the body and alerted authorities, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. A police marine unit retrieved the body.

Moses said it was clad in blue jeans and a waist-length coat, and appeared to have been in the water for several days. Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Michael Baier at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

Residents can drop off electronics for recycling

TOWSON - Baltimore County residents can drop electronic equipment off for recycling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 York Road.

Computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, scanners and other accessories, televisions, VCRs and other electronics for home use will be accepted. The program is open to Baltimore County residents, who will be asked for photo identification. No equipment will be accepted from businesses or institutions.

Information: Bureau of Solid Waste Management's customer service line, 410-887-2000.

Church, hospital to hold health fair Saturday

GLENDALE - Loch Raven United Methodist Church and Good Samaritan Hospital will sponsor a health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the church's fellowship hall, 6622 Loch Raven Blvd.

Screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, hearing, cholesterol, vision and osteoporosis will be offered. Presentations on AIDS, smoking cessation and breast cancer will be held.

Information: 410-825-0900.

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