City / County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

October 25, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Firefighters find man fatally shot at scene of blaze

Firefighters climbed into a second-floor window of a West Baltimore rowhouse and found a man lying in a bed suffering from a gunshot wound to the head as furniture burned downstairs, authorities reported.

Police said 55-year-old Edward Wyche, who lived in the house in the 2200 block of W. Saratoga St., was pronounced dead at Bon Secours Hospital and might have shot himself. A small-caliber rifle was found next to him.

Fire officials were investigating the cause of the blaze, although a police spokeswoman said detectives had been told that the fire might have been set intentionally.

Baltimore Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright said smoke was coming from a second-floor window when firefighters arrived before 8:30 a.m. Unable to get in through the front door, they used a used a ladder to gain access upstairs.

Political analyst Chideya to speak tonight at Pratt

Political analyst Farai Chideya will speak at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's central library tonight.

Chideya, a Baltimore native, will discuss her book, Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters, which discusses members of the American electorate who are unlikely to cast ballots in the coming election. She is the host of a call-in show on National Public Radio in San Francisco.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Poe Room at the library, 400 Cathedral St.

Retired black generals to discuss terrorism war

A panel of retired black military generals will participate in a town hall meeting tonight to discuss African-American participation in the war on terrorism.

The retired generals will talk about topics such as whether the war on terrorism is disproportionately affecting blacks in the United States and whether African-Americans are suffering higher casualty rates in Iraq.

The meeting - scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Morgan State University's School of Engineering, 5200 Perring Parkway - is free and open to the public.

Sen. Miller to discuss juvenile justice reform

State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller will address juvenile justice reform efforts in the General Assembly in tomorrow night at a West Baltimore church.

The talk is sponsored by the Maryland Juvenile Justice Coalition. Miller's district includes Prince George's County, site of the Cheltenham Youth Facility.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. at New Shiloh Family Life Center, 2100 N. Monroe St.

In Baltimore County

County seeks volunteers to be weather spotters

TOWSON - Baltimore County is recruiting weather buffs to serve as volunteer severe-weather spotters.

The volunteers will be part of SKYWARN, a national network of amateurs trained by the National Weather Service to keep an eye on thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and flooding.

The spotter class will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the fourth-floor conference room of the Baltimore County Public Safety Building, 700 E. Joppa Road. To register, call the Office of Emergency Management at 410-887- 5996.

`Montessori 101' offered tomorrow night at school

FORK - The Free State Montessori School is offering a program to help people learn how to incorporate Montessori teachings, philosophy and discipline into their lives at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 12536 Harford Road.

The "Montessori 101" course will explain Montessori's "hands-on" approach, the school said in announcing the program. The workshop is free.

Information: Mindi Scott, 410-592-3324.

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