Balto. Co. board OKs construction funding requests
The Baltimore County school board voted 11-1 last night to forward to state officials 50 requests totaling more than $108.7 million for school construction before tomorrow's deadline. Board members will re-examine county funding for the projects, now estimated at almost $54.1 million, during the budget process later this year. County schools received nearly $25 million of the $70.3 million requested for the current fiscal year, school officials said. The board also approved the system's comprehensive maintenance plan for school buildings before the Oct. 15 deadline.
Liz F. Kay
Wicomico County: Salisbury
Problems corrected at institution
Seven years after citing harmful conditions at a Salisbury institution for the mentally retarded, federal investigators have ended their monitoring of the Holly Center, saying the deficiencies have been corrected. In 1998, the investigators reported chronic problems in dealing with feeding, choking and aspiration incidents at the center and a lack of adequately trained staff. "It is evident that state and Holly Center officials have worked diligently to correct the deficiencies we had identified," U.S. Justice Department Special Litigation Chief Shanetta Y. Cutlar wrote in a letter to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
Baltimore County: Randallstown
Lockdown affects three schools
Three Randallstown-area schools were locked down for about an hour yesterday as police faced off with uncooperative residents of a nearby home they were trying to search, authorities said. Police were trying to serve a search warrant when the residents - one of whom was armed - refused to come out, police spokesman Bill Toohey said. After a SWAT team was called in, police were allowed in. Students and staff at Deer Park Elementary, Deer Park Middle and Randallstown High schools were prohibited from coming and going during the lockdowns, which ended about 3 p.m., he said.
Hearing on 900-unit complex is planned
A hearing on the proposed 900-unit condominium and apartment complex to replace Dulaney Valley Apartments is scheduled for 9 a.m. today. Zoning Commissioner William J. Wiseman III is to decide whether to approve the development plan for the 13-acre site across from Goucher College. The hearing is in Room 106 of the County Office Building, 111 W. Chesapeake Ave. in Towson.
Baltimore: Interstate 895
Counterfeit DVDs, CDs seized by police
Maryland Transportation Authority Police reported seizing $14,000 worth of counterfeit DVDs and compact discs yesterday from a minivan stopped for speeding on Interstate 895 in Baltimore. Officer Brian Brummitt of the MdTA Police stopped the 1991 Plymouth about 1:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes near Moravia Road for traveling 70 mph - 15 mph over the limit. He noticed numerous DVDs in plain view in the back seat, and through further investigation determined that there were 233 counterfeit DVDs and 722 counterfeit CDs. The driver, Warren Lamont Felder, 48, of the 3000 block of McElderry St. was charged with various counts of possessing counterfeit-trademark goods.
Forum on family policy is tonight
A public forum on the school system's "Family and Community Engagement Policy" is set to be held tonight from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Alice G. Pinderhughes Administration Building, 200 E. North Ave. The forum is being held by the city public school system and the Parent and Community Advisory Board. Information: 410-396-3138.