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July 08, 2005

BALTIMORE

Acting finance director nominated to keep post

Mayor Martin O'Malley nominated a veteran member of Baltimore's finance department yesterday to become city government's top money manager.

The mayor said he wants the City Council to confirm Edward J. Gallagher as the city's permanent finance director, a job that Gallagher has held in an acting capacity since February.

"We couldn't be luckier -- or happier -- to have someone of his caliber willing to take on this enormous job of overseeing a $2 billion budget," O'Malley said in a statement.

Before becoming the department's deputy director in 2000, Gallagher was the city's budget director. He joined Baltimore city government in 1983 after serving as the director of finance for Monroe County, N.Y., and as chief administrative officer for Scott County, Iowa.

Gallagher, 69, is a city resident who holds a master's degree in mathematics from Brown University, a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the State University of New York, and senior executive and government finance certificates from Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin.

-- Doug Donovan

ANNE ARUNDEL

Fired BGE employee, 46, kills himself in ex-boss' office

A 46-year-old man who was fired from his job at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. yesterday returned to his Hanover office with a shotgun, blasted his way into a supervisor's office and killed himself while seated at her desk, police said.

The man, whose name was not released, had worked at BGE for 28 years as an assistant designer, drawing plans for residential and commercial projects, said Linda Foy, a BGE spokeswoman.

No one else was injured in the attack, which occurred at a business park in the 7300 block of Parkway Drive in Anne Arundel County.

A BGE supervisor saw the man approaching a rear entrance of the office, a shotgun in hand, said Anne Arundel County police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Urbas. While standing outside, the man fired two shots through the supervisor's window.

He proceeded to shoot his way through a locked glass door and headed toward the supervisor's office, Urbas said. Once inside the office, he sat down at the supervisor's desk and shot himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Employees at the office, a small, one-story facility, hid under desks and ran to the opposite side of the building to escape, Urbas said.-- Justin Fenton and William Wan

TOWSON

Panel to propose broader shopping center security law

A panel studying security at Baltimore County shopping centers will propose that a new law requiring surveillance cameras in the parking lots of certain shopping centers also include large retailers and industrial parks that have commercial spaces, according to the committee's chairman.

The law requires that shopping centers with 15 or more tenants provide video surveillance over at least 75 percent of their parking areas by September 2006.

The committee yesterday discussed broadening the law to include any retail or commercial space larger than 125,000 square feet and also any industrial park with commercial space that fits the law's definition of a shopping center.

The committee will present its recommendations and proposed amendments to the County Council in September.

HARFORD COUNTY

Dundalk woman, 21, drowns in creek at Rocks State Park

A 21-year-old woman drowned early yesterday in a creek at Rocks State Park in Harford County, a state Natural Resources Police spokesman said.

About 1 a.m., Lindsay Nicole Morris of Dundalk was swimming with friends in Deer Creek, when her foot lodged between rocks and she submerged, said Cpl. Ken Turner of the Natural Resources Police.

Moments after trying unsuccessfully to rescue Morris, her friends called 911. Rescue personnel pulled Morris from the water just after 3 a.m., and she was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where she was pronounced dead.-- Tyrone Richardson

BALTIMORE

Police investigate killing in city's Walbrook section

Police were investigating the shooting death of a man yesterday at West North Avenue and Poplar Grove Street in the city's Walbrook section.

The shooting occurred about 6 p.m., a police spokesman said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released.

BALTIMORE

Russell Street lane closures for construction start tonight

Baltimore City transportation officials are preparing to use reversible lanes of traffic along Russell Street to accommodate rush-hour traffic.

To start preparing for the reversible lanes, they will begin lane closures this weekend along northbound and southbound Russell from Patapsco Avenue to Hamburg Street, weather permitting.

One lane of through traffic in each direction will be open throughout the construction work, set to last from 11 p.m. tonight until 9 p.m. Sunday.

BALTIMORE

Opening statements due in child murder case

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