City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 10, 2006

Maryland: Judiciary

Web site offers data on court cases

Maryland courts have begun offering a free Internet site where the public can find basic information about traffic, criminal and civil cases. The site - http:--casesearch.courts.state. md.us - provides access to cases in all district and circuit courts, except Montgomery and Prince George's counties' circuit courts. It includes trial date, charge and names of defendants and plaintiffs but not contact details. This is the first phase of putting case data online, said Bob Bruchalski, deputy director for judicial information systems.

Andrea F. Siegel

Baltimore: Howard Park

Man who died in fire is identified

A resident killed in a fire that injured two other people last week in a Gwynn Oak Avenue apartment building was identified yesterday by the city Fire Department as Said Sawab, 36. He was pronounced dead after firefighters found him in a second-floor room Friday, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman. Two others escaped serious injury by jumping from a second-floor window, Cartwright said. The fire is under investigation. In another blaze, investigators are trying to learn the identity of a man whose body was found March 2 in a burning vacant house in the 500 block of Baker St.

Richard Irwin

Entertainment

Zoo birthday draws record attendance

Officials at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore report a record attendance during last week's 130th birthday celebration. The two-day event - which included free admission to the zoo - was attended by more than 22,000 people, with almost 10,500 on Saturday and a single-day record of 11,556 on Sunday, according to zoo President Elizabeth "Billie" Grieb. The weekend event marked the reopening of the zoo after being closed for two months.

High schools

Dance programs to be showcased

Ten Baltimore high schools will showcase their dance programs during the annual citywide dance symposium at 3 p.m. Sunday at Coppin State University's James Weldon Johnson Auditorium, 2500 W. North Ave. The event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available through today at participating schools and from the Office of Physical Education/Athletics, 200 E. North Ave., Room 305. Information: 410-396-8610 or 410-396-8611.

Market Place

Children's artwork set at Port Discovery

Port Discovery will showcase an exhibit, beginning tomorrow, that was produced by young Baltimore artists. ArtWorks: Children Celebrating Their Neighborhood was created by children ages 7 to 17 at the Open Minds program, a project of the Creative Alliance, a nonprofit community arts organization, and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The exhibit at the children's museum, 35 Market Place, opens at 10 a.m. Admission is $11 for adults, $8.50 for children and is free for children under age 2.

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