City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

February 24, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

18-year-old dies after being shot while driving in Clifton Park

An 18-year-old died yesterday evening at Johns Hopkins Hospital after he was shot inside his car while driving along St. Lo Drive in Clifton Park, city police said.

The shooting occurred about 5 p.m. between Lake Clifton-Eastern High School and the Lawrence G. Paquin School, but did not involve either, police said.

The victim, Reginald Gray of the 5600 block of Kavon Ave., was found behind the steering wheel of a Ford Crown Victoria bleeding from at least one gunshot wound. Officers were responding to an anonymous 911 call reporting a man had been shot in his car and that it had stopped on the high school parking lot off St. Lo Drive.

Anyone with information about the killing was urged to call homicide Detective Richard Purtell at 410-396-2100.

$300,000 more approved for rail accident litigation

The Board of Estimates approved yesterday an additional $300,000 for litigation expenses for lawsuits arising from the July 2001 CSX Transportation Inc. train derailment and fire in the Howard Street tunnel.

The action brings the amount approved for expert witnesses, transcriptions of depositions and other expenses to $400,000. City Solicitor Ralph S. Tyler, whose office is handling the litigation, said "it wouldn't surprise me" if the costs reach $1 million.

Baltimore is suing CSX for $10 million for its costs in extinguishing the fire and loss of parking income. The city and CSX are defendants in lawsuits filed by eight plaintiffs, including the insurance companies for the Orioles and the Maryland Institute College of Art. The suits are in the discovery phase.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a final report last month that it couldn't determine what caused the derailment - but it found in a preliminary report that the accident was not the result of a water main break above the tracks.

Councilman seeks answers on unspent school funds

Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. said yesterday he plans to ask city school officials to explain why they have spent $30 million less so far this year than they had set aside in their budget for expenses.

Harris said he will ask his fellow council members Monday to permit an "informational hearing" on the issue. He decided to get involved, he said, after hearing from parents who wanted to know why the system has not spent all of the money available.

The queries came after the city school board criticized a report Tuesday by the school administration showing unspent funds, including more than $10 million set aside for supplies and $6 million budgeted for employee salaries and benefits.

The administration is studying why money was not spent by schools and departments.

Job fair set Saturday for new, charter schools

A job fair for teachers, administrators and aides interested in working in a charter or new small school in Baltimore will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sojourner Douglass College, 200 N. Central Ave.

Twenty schools will be represented at the fair including the city's New School Initiative Schools, five new charter schools opening next fall, and five new small high schools. For more information: Carol Beck at carolbeck@verizon.net.

In Baltimore County

Body of missing Pa. man discovered by boater

ROCKY POINT - The body of a Pennsylvania man who was reported missing Nov. 29 after he failed to return home from a fishing trip near the mouth of the Middle River was discovered Tuesday by a boater, Maryland Natural Resources Police reported yesterday.

The body of Thomas L. Davis, 52, of Stewartstown was spotted near Rocky Point in Hawk Cove on the southwest side of Hart Miller Island. It was recovered about 4:20 p.m. and sent to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore, police said.

His 25-foot cabin cruiser was found aground on the west side of Hart Miller Island, police said.

Grants for youth activities, crime prevention offered

TOWSON - Applications for community crime prevention grants and youth activity grants are available from the Baltimore County Police Department.

Nonprofit groups, community organizations, improvement associations and individuals are eligible. The deadline for applications is March 8. Information: 410-887-5637.

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