City/county Digest


December 16, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

5 groups submit their proposals for Oldtown Mall project

Baltimore Development Corp. officials announced yesterday that five groups have submitted proposals to redevelop Oldtown Mall in East. Baltimore.

The proposals involve 5 acres in the 400 and 500 blocks of N. Gay St., excluding the former firehouse, and officials are hoping that the winning proposal will include a grocery store as an anchor. The area, which includes historic commercial buildings, was turned into a pedestrian mall during an earlier renewal effort and has been beset by vacancies and deterioration, BDC officials said.

The five development teams that submitted proposals are the Baltimore Chinatown Association; Continental Realty Corp. and Big Mac Properties, which includes former Baltimore Raven Michael McCrary; DLC UrbanCore LLC and DLC Management Corp., both based in New York; P&L/Federal Development LLC of Washington; and Willner Realty & Development Co. of Upper Darby, Pa. A decision is expected by spring.

Man killed, second wounded in E. Baltimore shooting

One man was shot fatally and another wounded last night as they walked down an East Baltimore street, police said. Their names were not released.

The victims, both in their early 20s, were walking in the 1800 block of E. Chase St. about 7:35 p.m., when they were approached by two men, Detective David Peckoo said. Seconds later, one of the assailants pulled out a gun and shot both victims, one in the upper body and the other in the left leg.

Ambulances took both victims to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the man shot in the body died at 8:27 p.m. The other man was reported in good condition, Peckoo said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Peckoo at 410-396-2100.

Clark N.Y. domestic reports can be closed, judge rules

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday that city officials do not need to publicly release two reports from New York about a continuing domestic dispute between former Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark and his estranged wife.

The reports were gathered while authorities were investigating a domestic dispute this year between Clark and his fiancee. Both reports, which involve a suburban New York police department, were made in July 1990 and do not reflect any injuries or arrests. Circuit Judge Joseph H. H. Kaplan ruled the information regarding the couple's children was nearly impossible to redact.

The Sun and WBAL-TV sued Mayor Martin O'Malley this year for records regarding Clark's May domestic dispute. Nearly all of the information gathered during the investigation has been released.

Spending board delays giving back pay to officer

The city's spending board delayed yesterday awarding $75,000 in back pay to a city police officer who was fired after being accused of sleeping on the job but then rehired under court order.

The item had been listed on the Board of Estimates' routine agenda, meaning that it was expected to pass without discussion. But city Solicitor Ralph S. Tyler asked the board to delay the matter for the week because he was not familiar with the case and wanted to look into it.

On Oct. 2, 2001, police officials said they found officer Daniel Redd asleep about 11 a.m. at the reservoir at Druid Hill Park, where he was supposed to be on anti-terrorist duty. Redd, who joined the force in 1994, was fired in June 2002.

In Baltimore County

State OKs $47.5 million for Towson U. building

ANNAPOLIS - The state Board of Public Works awarded two contracts yesterday worth $47.5 million for design and construction management of a new liberal arts building on the Towson University campus.

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Baltimore will be paid $38.4 million to manage construction for a 253,000-square-foot complex that will consolidate several scattered departments. A partnership of Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates of Washington and Ziger/Snead of Baltimore will receive $9.1 million for architecture and engineering services.

The architecture contract was awarded despite a complaint from Arnold Jolivet, president of the American Minority Contractors and Businesses Association Inc., that only 15 percent of the money would go to minority firms, less than the state goal of 25 percent.

Police recruit class to graduate tonight

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Police Department's 118th recruit class will graduate at 7:30 p.m. today at Notre Dame Preparatory School, 815 Hampton Lane.

Rear Adm. Lewis S. Libby will be the keynote speaker.

The graduates being honored include 41 Baltimore County police officers, two University of Maryland, Baltimore officers, three Annapolis officers, five Morgan State University officers and five Baltimore County auxiliary officers.

Library Web site offers archive of newspapers

TOWSON - Starting this week, anyone with Internet access and a Baltimore County Public Library card can read full-image and full-text copies of newspapers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune dating as far back as 1849.

The county library is the first in the metropolitan area and second in the state offering cover-to-cover, downloadable files of the New York Times from 1851 to 2001, The Wall Street Journal from 1889 to 1987, the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to 1984, The Washington Post from 1877 to 1988, the Los Angeles Times from 1851 to 2001 and The Christian Science Monitor from 1908 to 1991. The database is Proquest Historical Newspapers.

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