City/county Digest


December 21, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City man charged in instances of graffiti vandalism

A Hampden man who used the graffiti tag "APES" to vandalize numerous locations in Baltimore was charged yesterday with 10 counts of malicious destruction of property and three counts of trespassing. He also has been charged with similar crimes in Baltimore and Harford counties.

Christopher R. Peters, aka Christopher R. Apes, surrendered to city officials yesterday and was taken to Central Booking and Intake Center, said Kurt L. Kocher, a spokesman for the city's Department of Public Works. Peters allegedly marked numerous city locations, including the 28th Street bridge near Druid Hill Park, with his graffiti tag, Kocher said.

This is the second arrest for Peters, who was first taken into custody by state police Nov. 17. Investigators found 2,000 cans of spray paint, photos of graffiti and an ape suit at Peters' house. They also found references to Peters on the Internet, including an article about a Milwaukee graffiti spree.

Animal shelter to alter hours during holidays

The municipal animal shelter will alter its hours during the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

The shelter, at 301 Stockholm St., will be closed to the public Dec. 24 and 25, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The shelter, normally closed Mondays, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.

No rabies clinic will be held Jan. 1. The next clinic will be Feb. 5.

The holiday schedule will not affect the hours of animal control street operations. To file an animal complaint: 311; information: 410-396-4688.

Mayor's office announces holiday lights contest

Think your holiday lights outshine your neighbors' display or that they're designed more creatively than the much-celebrated facades along 34th Street in Hampden? Now's your chance to find out.

Mayor Martin O'Malley's office is holding a contest that will display the most inspired holiday decorations in the city. The mayor's office is asking residents to e-mail photos of favorite displays (JPEG format) to

The best entries will be posted on the city's Web site,, where visitors will be able to vote. The winner will receive what the mayor's office called a "prize-pack of goodies," with an estimated value of $110, from Live Baltimore, a group that promotes city living.

In Baltimore County

I-83 bridge replacement under way in Parkton

PARKTON - The State Highway Administration has started work on a $10 million project to replace the dual bridges carrying Interstate 83 over the North Central Rail Trail and Little Falls in the Parkton area.

The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2006, the SHA said in a statement.

The work will include roadway widening and paving on the approaches to the bridges, landscaping and protection of the bridge abutments, the SHA said. The contractor for the work is Six-M Co. Inc. of Delta, Pa.

Junior firefighters, cadets featured on cable show

TOWSON - Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company cadets and the English Consul junior firefighters are featured on the latest edition of the Baltimore County Fire Department's cable TV program Burning Issues.

Also in this edition, Lt. Patrick Taylor of the fire marshal's office discusses Christmas tree safety.

The program will appear on Comcast Channel 25 in Baltimore County through Feb. 4. Program schedule:

2 pupils win awards in King essay contest

COCKEYSVILLE - Two Cockeysville Middle School pupils have won the annual Martin Luther King Essay Writing Contest.

Sara Shifflet, an eighth-grader at Cockeysville, won first prize and a check for $250. Sixth-grader Dolly Bindon took second prize and a $150 award. The pupils wrote 500-word essays on how to keep King's dream alive. Sara and Dolly will be honored at a breakfast Jan. 17.

As first-prize winner, Sara will see her work published in the program guide for the event. The contest is sponsored by the King's Landing Women's Service Club in partnership with the YMCA of Central Maryland.

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