City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

December 03, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Police union signs 3-year contract with 3% annual raises

The city police union signed a three-year contract yesterday that is similar to the deals signed in recent months by both Fire Department unions, labor officials said.

The police contract will give officers a 3 percent midyear raise in each of the next three fiscal years, starting this year, said Labor Commissioner Sean R. Malone. Under the contract, officers probably will assume a higher percentage of their health care costs, he said.

The previous contract expired July 1, but the terms had been extended, Malone said.

NAACP branch to offer financial-planning seminar

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in partnership with Bank of America, has scheduled a free financial-planning workshop for 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Baltimore NAACP branch office, 8 W. 26th St.

Investment advisers will participate in the workshop, which will include information on setting financial goals, buying a home and financing a business.

The workshop is part of the NAACP's Financial Empowerment Initiative. Information: 410-366-3300.

Alumni group plans health seminar tomorrow

The Baltimore Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and its Alpha Iota Chapter will sponsor a health awareness seminar from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at Morgan State University.

The seminar, co-sponsored by the university, will focus on health promotion and disease prevention for African-Americans. Medical experts will discuss racial disparities in health care.

The free seminar will commemorate the health education efforts of Dr. John T. Chissell, a Kappa Alpha Psi member who died in May. Information, 443-250-4340.

In Baltimore County

Bail denied for suspect in high school shootings

TOWSON - A Baltimore County circuit Court judge denied yesterday a request to set bail for the Randallstown High School shooting suspect who has been held without bail since his arrest May 10 and whose trial was postponed last month at prosecutors' request.

Lawrence B. Rosenberg, an attorney for Antonio Richard Jackson, 21, said he argued that his client is entitled to bail because the two men accused of shooting into a crowd of students outside the school May 7 have been convicted of lesser charges than the attempted first-degree murder charges faced by Jackson, who is accused of bringing to the school the gun used in the shootings.

Rosenberg also pointed out that Jackson's trial was postponed last month because prosecutors had been unable to find a witness whose testimony about Jackson they characterized as "essential." The witness, Ronald Patrick Johnson, 20, of Owings Mills has not been found, prosecutor Stephen Bailey said yesterday.

Judge Patrick Cavanaugh denied the request for bail. Jackson is scheduled to be tried Jan. 18.

2-day car show starts tomorrow at fairgrounds

TIMONIUM - The East Coast Indoor Nationals Car Show will be presented from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds on York Road.

The show will feature 300 antiques, street rods, and custom and muscle cars from before 1973. Admission is $7 for adults. Children younger than age 6 will be admitted free.

Proceeds will benefit the Abilities Network, a nonprofit organization that provides services for adults and children with disabilities. Information: Sharon Norman, 410-828-7700, ext. 206.

Historian to offer insights into Pearl Harbor attack

TOWSON - World War II historian and former Army intelligence officer Karl Larew will give insights into Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor when he speaks at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Towson library, 320 York Road.

Larew, a history professor at Towson University, will discuss why the United States was caught off guard and why most senior Japanese military officers considered the mission a mistake. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.

The event is presented in partnership with the Auburn Society of Towson University. Information: 410-887-6166.

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