City/county Digest


March 24, 2006

Sykesville: Training center

Man has heart attack, dies at hospital

A state corrections department trainee from Baltimore County suffered an apparent heart attack and died Wednesday on the last day of his five-week training at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville, authorities said yesterday. Michael Crockett, 39, of Windsor Mill Road in Woodlawn complained of chest pains to a fellow trainee while they drove to lunch about noon, said Raymond A. Franklin, the center's executive assistant director. When they returned, Crockett collapsed, and Maryland State Police officers tried to revive him with defibrillators. Within two hours, Crockett was pronounced dead at Northwest Hospital Center.

Baltimore: Homicide

No motive known in shooting of man

Baltimore police said yesterday that they have made no arrest and knew of no motive in the shooting of a man March 12 near his Harlem Park home. Lennard Hawkins, 22, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Wednesday. Police said Hawkins and two other men were talking near Hawkins' home in the 2300 block of Lauretta Ave. about 2:30 a.m. when a man shot Hawkins once in the upper body with a handgun. The other men were not wounded. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for an arrest and indictment.

Richard Irwin

Eager rec center

Kite-flying contest scheduled for today

A kite-flying contest is set for 4 p.m. today at the John Eager Howard Recreation Center, 2100 Brookfield Ave. Sponsored by the city Department of Recreation and Parks, the contest will include prizes for the most original, highest-flying kites. Participants must assemble their kites. The contest is free and open to the public. Information on the center or the contest: 410-396-7849.


Street closures set for parade Sunday

Transportation officials are warning motorists of street closures in Southeast Baltimore on Sunday for the Greek Independence Day Parade. The parade is to start at 2 p.m. at Eastern Avenue and Haven Street and will proceed on Eastern to Ponca Street and then head south on Ponca to Fait Avenue. Participants will start forming at 11 a.m. Ponca Street from Eastern Avenue to Hudson Street will be closed, starting at 7 a.m. Fleet Street from Oldham to Quail streets also will be closed, starting at 7 a.m. Eastern Avenue from Haven to Ponca streets will be closed, starting at 11 a.m. Detours will be in place.


Crisis in Darfur to be topic of talk

Ruth Messinger, president and executive director of the American Jewish World Service, will discuss the crisis in Darfur at 8 p.m. Monday at the Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Ave. Messinger, a former borough president of Manhattan, N.Y., will give an account of what she has seen in Sudan from her work with the international development organization. The talk is free and open to the public. Information: 410- 235-5354.

Pratt library

DuBois scholar to deliver lecture

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is celebrating the 100th anniversary of a cultural and literary group named in honor of scholar and intellectual W.E.B. DuBois. The DuBois Circle was founded in 1906 and is made up of 30 African-American women who study political and social issues. David Levering Lewis, a DuBois scholar and history professor at New York University, will deliver a lecture Sunday in Wheeler Auditorium at the library's central branch, 400 Cathedral St., starting at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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