City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

December 30, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Two men killed by gunfire in separate incidents

A 31-year-old member of a gospel choir was shot in one of two city homicides yesterday, apparently the victim of a robbery attempt just after midnight, police said.

Lyndell Honeyblue was walking home after visiting a friend in the 3000 block of Reese St., police said, when he was shot in the 3100 block of Ellerslie Ave. about 12:15 a.m. Officers found him lying in the street with a wound to his upper chest, said homicide Detective Richard Purtell.

Honeyblue, of the 900 block of Gorsuch Ave., was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 12:39 a.m., Purtell said.

The other homicide occurred about 4 p.m. in the 900 block of N. Monroe St., where officers responding to gunshots found a young man bleeding from wounds to the upper body, said homicide Detective Roscoe Lewis.

The unidentified victim, thought to be in his late teens or early 20s, died less than an hour later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Lewis said.

The killings brought the city's homicide total this year to 276.

City Hall march today to focus on teens, drugs

A group of local ministers, community leaders and repentant drug dealers plans to march this morning outside City Hall to call attention to concerns about teenagers caught up in the drug trade.

"They're tired of selling drugs; they're tired of going to jail; they're tired of dying on the street," said the Rev. James H. Jones II, an organizer of what he is calling the "March for Life." "I have young kids who are tired of selling drugs, who want to do something different."

Jones and other religious and neighborhood activists hope the 11 a.m. march in the plaza outside City Hall will demonstrate to Mayor Martin O'Malley that the city government needs to do more to help young people find alternatives to dealing drugs. He said he expects 70 people to attend.

"We want to shake up City Hall," said Jones, a first-time candidate for mayor in last year's Democratic primary.

Annual New Year's picnic to be held in Woodberry

Environmental and community activists will gather tomorrow for their fourth annual Midnight Picnic in Woodberry Woods.

The activists hope the event will show support for the Urban Forest of Woodberry. They object to a proposal by Loyola College to build an athletic complex just north of Television Hill, saying it would result in cutting down trees and otherwise harm the environment. College officials say the project would benefit the city, in part by turning a former dump into athletic fields.

The activists will meet at 11:30 p.m. at Rockrose Playground near Druid Park Drive in Woodberry, then walk to the crest of the hill to watch the city's downtown fireworks display at midnight.

In Baltimore County

Chamber to unveil legislative agenda Jan. 6

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce will unveil its 2005 legislative agenda at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 6 in the Minnegan Room of Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The agenda is the result of research and discussion by the chamber's legislative affairs committee. Among the issues are the chamber's policy on slot machines, the recommendations of the Thornton Commission by way of the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act and medical malpractice insurance.

The cost is $25 for chamber members and $50 for nonmembers. Information: Lori-Ann Gregory, 410-825-0047.

Osteoporosis screenings to be offered Jan. 12

TOWSON - Greater Baltimore Medical Center's osteoporosis and DEXA services department will offer free osteoporosis screenings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 in the third-level lobby of Physicians Pavilion West.

Women can be screened and learn what can be done to prevent and treat the disease. In addition, they will be able to discuss treatment options and lifestyle changes with a registered densitometrist.

Information: JoAnn Caudill, 443-849-3308.

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