City/county Digest


December 06, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Unidentified man found fatally shot in Baltimore alley

An unidentified man thought to be in his late 20s was found fatally shot in a West Baltimore alley about 10 a.m. yesterday, city police reported.

Investigators said someone in the area reported hearing noise about 3 a.m. The victim, who was found in an alley in the 1600 block of Edmondson Ave., apparently was shot several times, police said. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Police had made no arrests, and knew of no motive in the shooting. Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Detective Michael Baier at 410-396-2100.

O'Malley inauguration set for tomorrow at City Hall

Mayor Martin O'Malley will be inaugurated to his second term in office during a ceremony at noon tomorrow in front of City Hall.

The ceremony, during which the mayor will take the oath of office, will be followed by a "family friendly" evening gala at 6 p.m. at the Maryland Science Center.

Tickets to the celebration can be purchased online at www.bal

Transportation officials to accept donated toys

The annual Toys for Tots collections at Baltimore's harbor crossings and marine terminal will take place Wednesday through Friday.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police and maintenance workers will collect new, unwrapped toys for underprivileged children at the Key Bridge, and at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on those days. Collections will also be held at the Dundalk Marine Terminal main gate from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Motorists, including those with E-ZPass, who want to drop off toys must use the far-right toll lane. Toys will be accepted only at designated sites during the scheduled times. Toll collectors will not accept toys or packages in the toll lanes.

The effort is part of the Marine Corps' national holiday toy distribution program.

Event planned for relatives of victims of homicide

A nonprofit group of people who have lost family members to homicide in Baltimore will hold an event devoted to healing and support tomorrow.

Saviors Against Violence Everywhere and the Family Bereavement Center will sponsor "An Evening of Joy, Peace, Laughter, Sharing and Healing" at 6 p.m. in Room 401 at the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse, 110 N. Calvert St. (Use the Lexington Street entrance.)

A presentation on dealing with grief during the holidays will be featured. Families are asked to bring a Christmas tree ornament to represent their loved one on a Tree of Angels that will be decorated tomorrow night. The group asks that photos not be used as ornaments. Information: 410-396- 1897.

In Baltimore County

Former schools official takes communications post

TOWSON - Donald I. Mohler III, a former Baltimore County schools spokesman and principal, has been appointed the county's director of communications.

Mohler, who also is a member of the county Board of Appeals, will begin his new assignment today, replacing Tori Leonard, who recently resigned, County Executive James T. Smith Jr. announced Friday.

"I think residents are going to see informed, excited explanations of what's happening in Baltimore County," Smith said. In his 30 years with the county school system, Mohler served as principal of Sparrows Point Middle School and Catonsville High School, assistant to the superintendent for communications and special projects, executive director for student support services and Northeast Area superintendent. Mohler is a lifelong Catonsvillle resident.

Flu shot clinic planned Wednesday at fairgrounds

TIMONIUM - The Baltimore County Health Department expects to administer 2,300 flu shots from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Timonium Fairgrounds 4-H Building on York Road.

Starting today, county residents who are at high risk for flu can get inoculation tickets from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Liberty Family Resource Center, 3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown, and at Eastern Family Resource Center, 9100 Franklin Square Drive, Rosedale; and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at North Point library branch, 1716 Merritt Blvd., and at Catonsville library branch, 1100 Frederick Road. Tickets also will be available Wednesday at the fairgrounds. Tickets must be presented to get the shots.

The cost for the flu shot is $20. The Health Department asked that Medicare patients take their Medicare cards and that participants have exact change. Information: 410-887- 2723.

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