City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 16, 2006

Baltimore: Appointment

Panel OKs Brown as parks director

A City Council committee yesterday unanimously approved the appointment of Connie A. Brown to serve as the director of Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks. Brown has been the acting director since last summer, after the departure of Kimberley A. Flowers, who held the $105,000-a-year post for three years. Brown has been largely credited with improving the department's morale and for completing the renovation of the grounds near City Hall. "This is the right man for the right job," said City Councilman Nicholas C. D'Adamo Jr., a member of the executive appointments committee. "This body's going to stand behind you."

Pollution

Worker washes paint into harbor

A worker for a paint contracting company inadvertently washed paint into the Inner Harbor yesterday, state environmental officials said. The worker, from Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., was working on the upper floors of a building in the 500 block of East Pratt St. Richard McIntire, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment, said the worker cleaned brushes about 1:15 p.m. in a drain that is connected to a storm drain that leads to the harbor. McIntire said the latex-based paint covered an area about 50 feet by 50 feet near the Hard Rock Cafe and would be allowed to naturally dissipate. McIntire said it has not yet been determined whether Whiting-Turner will be fined.

Federal court

Man, 25, convicted of gun possession

A 25-year-old Baltimore man was convicted in U.S. District Court yesterday of gun possession, federal prosecutors said. Wallace White, 25, was walking in the 1600 block of Cliftview Ave. on July 6 and ran after officers noticed a gun tucked into his pants. Officers recovered a loaded .380-caliber weapon. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. scheduled sentencing for May 23. White could be sentenced up to life in prison.

Board meeting

BCCC trustees to hear reports

The Baltimore City Community College's board of trustees is to meet at 5:30 p.m. today. The board is scheduled to hear reports from the student government and faculty and from the college's committees on academic affairs, student affairs, finance, personnel and the presidential search. An excellence award will be presented to an adjunct faculty member. The meeting is set for Room 30 of the Business and Continuing Education Center, 710 E. Lombard St. Information: the Institutional Advancement office at 410-986-5450.

Howard County: Ellicott City

Racist words written in chalk

Members of three Ellicott City households found their driveways chalked with racist words, obscene drawings or swastikas this week, Howard County police said yesterday. Spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said investigators are labeling the crimes "hate-bias" incidents. Police are offering a $300 reward for information leading to an arrest. Llewellyn said the chalk likely came from a child's toy chest that was left outside a house in the neighborhood off U.S. 40. The victims live in the 8400 block of Governor's Run Road and the 8300 block of Governor Grayson Way.

Llewellyn said the images have washed away. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-313-3200.

Melissa Harris

Columbia

Man tells police he dumped dead geese

A man claiming responsibility for dumping about two dozen dead snow geese near a Columbia playground this month has turned himself in, a Howard County police spokeswoman said yesterday. The man, whom police would not identify until charges are filed, could face a misdemeanor dumping charge that carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail or a $1,000 fine. Spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said that police are discussing those options with prosecutors. The birds, which had been shot, were found March 2 in Kings Contrivance village.

Melissa Harris

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