City/county Digest


February 17, 2006

Police name four officers involved in fatal shooting

The Baltimore Police Department released yesterday the names of four officers involved in last week's fatal shooting of a suspect in an armed robbery who the department said shot at them during a foot chase.

A department spokesman said that officers Georgios Giannakoulis, Benjamin Newkirk, Demetrius Jackson and Hadyn D. Gross fatally wounded Eric Garrison, 33, of Catonsville during a shootout on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Friday afternoon.

Police said they suspected Garrison of robbing a Radio Shack in Northeast Baltimore. Officers saw him in West Baltimore shortly after the incident and pursued him. The man, who was in a stolen van, abandoned it on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Howard Street.

Garrison fled on foot and shot at the officers, who returned fire, police said. He died later that day at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. A police spokesman said that a preliminary investigation into the incident indicated that the officers acted appropriately. The officers remain on administrative duty pending the completion of the internal investigation.

Gross is facing a separate internal investigation into whether he and another officer committed perjury last year during his criminal trial, police officials confirmed last month. Gross was acquitted of assault charges in connection with an October 2004 incident in which he allegedly threatened a man with his gun while off duty in Canton.

Gus G. Sentementes

Baltimore: Aquarium

Volunteers needed to inform visitors

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is seeking volunteers age 18 and older to be exhibit guides and help provide information to visitors. Volunteers receive free parking and training. Interested people must respond by Tuesday. The next training class begins Feb. 25. Information: 410-576-3886.

Grants program

Applications sought from artists, groups

Baltimore's Arts & Humanities Grants Program is accepting applications from individual artists, community arts programs and small arts organizations interested in promoting the arts throughout the city's neighborhoods. Up to $4,000 is available per grant. Applications may be submitted through Friday. For more information or to obtain an application, contact the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts at 410-752-8632 or go to


Registration begins for spring classes

Registration for Baltimore City Community College's spring 2006 Accelerated II begins this week and runs through March 3 at the Liberty campus, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave., and the Harbor campus, 600 E. Lombard St. Accelerated II classes are set to begin March 20 and run through May 21, covering such topics as dietary management, early childhood education, English and nursing. For more information, call 410-462-8300.

Pratt library

Boxing analyst will discuss his book

A noted boxing analyst for ESPN and syndicated columnist will discuss and sign copies of his book, America On The Ropes: A Pictorial History of the Johnson-Jeffries Fight, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. The author, Wayne Rozen, wrote about the 15-round fight held July 4, 1910, when black boxing champion Jack Johnson fought James J. Jeffries, known as "the great white hope." The book explores racial tension at the time.

Immigration talk

Panel discussion set Feb. 28 at UB

A panel discussion on the American immigration system is set for Feb. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the auditorium of University of Baltimore's Langsdale Library, 1420 Maryland Ave. The free discussion - which is open to the public and titled "America's Broken Immigration System: The Impact on Immigrants, Their Families and Our Communities" - is sponsored by the University of Baltimore School of Law's Immigrant Rights Project and the American Friends Service Committee's Project Voice. Panelists will discuss immigration legislation under consideration in Congress. For more information, call Helen Harnett, Clinical Fellow, at 410-837-5732.

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