City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

October 30, 2005

Baltimore:

Central Booking

Suspect missing from intake center

An armed-robbery suspect escaped yesterday from the Central Booking and Intake Center, officials said. Troy Aaron Gross, 42, of Gwynn Oak was arrested Thursday on armed robbery and other charges, said Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Vernarelli said Gross was taken to the facility Friday morning. He said correctional officers discovered that Gross, who was being held without bail, was missing yesterday. "Right now, it appeared he was able to walk out," Vernarelli said. "It's not exactly clear how or when he got out."

Interstate 95

Russell St. ramp to close temporarily

The ramp from southbound Russell Street to southbound Interstate 95 will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, starting tomorrow, for construction work, according to state transportation officials. Weather permitting, city contractors will perform work as part of the Russell Street Viaduct Replacement Project, and the temporary daily closures should end by Nov. 11. A detour will direct motorists from southbound Russell Street to westbound Interstate 695 and then onto southbound I-95.

Home renovations

Grant to help clean up lead-based paint

The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning received a $2 million federal grant last week that the group will use to renovate 380 city houses and expand efforts to eradicate the problem of lead-based paint in homes. The grant came from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. The Baltimore coalition, led by Ruth Ann Norton, also launched a campaign to end lead poisoning of children by 2010. Norton said her group would use some of the grant money to start a private fund that she hopes will eventually raise $10 million.

District Court

Man, 53, charged with water pollution

A 53-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with water pollution, accused of illegally discharging brick-washing wastewater into storm drains, the Maryland attorney general's office announced last week. Prosecutors allege that Michael Potter of the 600 block of S. Monroe St. committed the violations Oct. 27, 2004, in the 3400 block of Fait Ave. and May 13 in the 800 block of W. Lombard St. The maximum penalty for illegal discharge of a pollutant into water is one year in prison and a $25,000 fine. Trial has been set in Baltimore District Court for Dec. 9, according to the attorney general's office.

Convention Center

Seminar to explore paying for college

A seminar on "How to Pay for College" for parents and students is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Baltimore Convention Center. Sponsored by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and the Baltimore National College Fair, the seminar will include information on the college application process, financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

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