City/county Digest


October 18, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Homeless man dies after falling into water during fight

A homeless man died after falling into the harbor at Fells Point yesterday morning during a fight with another homeless man. The incident was being investigated as a homicide pending an autopsy, city police said.

The men had been fighting in the area at the foot of Broadway at Thames Street about 11 a.m. when they fell into the water. One of the men was rescued by the crew of a passing water taxi and taken ashore.

The other was underwater for several minutes before the crew of a police marine unit pulled him from under a pier, police said. The man, whose name was not released, died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Project to affect traffic in city's southwest

Starting today, traffic in a section of Southwest Baltimore will be rerouted because of construction of a new Monroe Street viaduct and approaching roadways in a project that is expected to be completed in the spring of 2006.

Monroe Street will be closed from Wicomico Street to Annapolis Road. Also to be closed are the access ramp from northbound Russell Street onto northbound Monroe, and the ramp from southbound Monroe to southbound Russell.

In another project, the city said there will be daily lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Bowleys Lane from Moravia Park Drive to Mannasota Avenue for approximately six weeks.

Arts performances set this month at city sites

As an observance of National Arts and Humanities Month, a free concert series featuring spoken-word artists and classical and jazz musicians is being presented this month in downtown office building lobbies.

Scheduled this week are the Mount Vernon String Quartet today in the Blaustein Building, 1 N. Charles St.; Charlie Wilhelm and Joan Jacobson, spoken word, tomorrow at Charles Center South, 36 S. Charles St.; Dawn Culbertson, lute music of the Renaissance, Wednesday in the B&O Building, 2 N. Charles St.; Maxim Kozlov, violin, Thursday, at 201 N. Charles St.; and Melvin Parks, vocalist, Friday at City Hall. All events will run from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The series is sponsored by the mayor's office and the Maryland Humanities and Maryland State Arts councils, and produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Information: 877-225-8466 or www.promotion

In Baltimore County

Two men sought by police in spate of bank robberies

TOWSON - Baltimore County police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying two people, one of whom is thought to be responsible for six bank robberies in the county since July.

During each robbery, police said, the man entered the bank, handed a note to the teller demanding money and fled on foot with the cash. The robber was described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a medium build and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a multicolored "ENYCE" sweat suit, a black cap and dark shoes. The second man was a possible accomplice in one of the robberies.

The banks involved are Provident Bank, 8600 block of Liberty Road, July 28; M&T Bank, 7900 block of Harford Road, Aug. 20; Provident Bank, 8600 block of Liberty Road, Sept. 7; Provident Bank, 8200 block of Liberty Road, Sept. 20; Provident Bank, 5400 block of Baltimore National Pike, Oct. 4; and Bank of America, 2800 block of Smith Ave., Thursday.

Anyone with information regarding the robberies is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

Towson U police to get crime-prevention award

TOWSON - The Towson University Police Department will receive the Governor's Crime Prevention Award for the 20th consecutive year, the university announced recently.

The Towson campus police are among about a dozen police agencies to receive the award, which recognizes contributions in policing and crime prevention. Two university staff members will be recognized for their efforts in crime prevention. Cpl. Larry Bell of the campus police was selected for his work with the Rape Aggression Defense program, and Polley Adams of Media Resource Services was selected for her efforts in placing sonic shock alarms on university LCD projectors.

Bell, Adams and the campus police force will receive their awards at a luncheon in December.

Kamenetz to speak at chamber breakfast

PIKESVILLE - The Pikesville Chamber of Commerce will feature County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz as guest speaker during a breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. tomorrow at Cafe 921 at the Pikes.

Kamenetz, a Democratic councilman for the 2nd District, will give an update on Pikesville. The meeting is open to the public. The cost is $15 for members of the Chamber of Commerce and $20 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-484-2337.

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