City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

July 14, 2006

Street closures, parking limits are under way for Artscape

The Baltimore Department of Transportation has begun closing streets and restricting parking around the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in preparation for the annual Artscape weekend July 21 through July 23.

Officials are urging people who attend the celebration of the arts to use public transportation. The Light Rail has a stop at Mount Royal Avenue, which is on the festival grounds, and will have extended hours that weekend.

Closed is Dolphin Street from Mount Royal Avenue to Howard Street. Starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Mount Royal will be closed from North to Maryland avenues; Cathedral Street will be closed north of Preston Street; Preston will be closed from Cathedral to Howard streets; and Oliver Street will be closed from Maryland to Mount Royal.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Maryland Avenue will be closed between Oliver and Preston streets (including the access ramp to the Jones Falls Expressway); and Mount Royal Avenue will be closed from Charles Street to Maryland.

Starting at 9 a.m. July 21, Maryland Avenue will be closed from West Lanvale to Oliver streets, and West Preston Street will be closed from Maryland to Cathedral Street.

City officials also say that several two-way streets will be made one-way near the festival to help local residents get to their homes. From 9 a.m. to noon July 23, Maryland Avenue will be converted to two-way traffic from Preston Street to Mount Royal Avenue for morning church services.

Most traffic restrictions will be lifted July 25. Detour signs will be in place.

Baltimore: Downtown

Van driver indicted in reporter's beating

The man who police said drove the getaway vehicle for two men accused of beating a Sun reporter in February in downtown Baltimore was indicted yesterday on a charge of being an accessory after the fact.

Gregory G. Kulla, 37, of Westminster is accused in court documents of helping two men flee after Carl Schoettler, 74, was knocked unconscious. Schoettler had stopped in the 200 block of W. Fayette St. on Feb. 25 after being involved in a minor traffic accident with Kulla, according to court documents.

Police said that after the attack, two men jumped into Kulla's van -- owned by a strip club -- and were driven away. Police have said that Kulla had no connection with the two men.

Phillip Carter, 19, and Latar Bradshaw, 23, both of the 3100 block of N. Bruce St. also were indicted yesterday -- both on charges of attempted murder and robbery. All three are to be arraigned Aug. 3 in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Julie Bykowicz

New schools chief names Abernethy

Patricia Abernethy, a deputy superintendent for Washington County schools, has been hired to the newly created position of deputy chief of staff in the Baltimore school system. Abernethy, who previously headed curriculum and instruction in the city schools, is the first major administrative hire by new interim Chief Executive Officer Charlene Cooper Boston. Boston has not announced who will be her chief of staff. Douglass Austin, who holds the position, has resigned effective Aug. 25. In addition, the assistant to the CEO, Alexandra Hughes, left her job last week. Abernethy is scheduled to begin her job Aug. 14.

Sara Neufeld

Baltimore County: Dulaney Valley Rd.

Propane burned off after trucks collide

Baltimore County firefighters were burning off thousands of gallons of propane last night from an overturned tanker truck after a collision with another truck on Dulaney Valley Road near the bridge over Loch Raven Reservoir, authorities said. The road was closed after the collision about 5 p.m. and was expected to be reopened by 6 a.m. today. One man was injured as a result of the collision and was treated at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Firefighters monitored the burning of propane from two 1-inch pipes on the United Propane Co. tanker.

Washington Co.: Cascade

Man gets 3 1/2 years in child-porn case

A 44-year-old Washington County man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Baltimore to serve 3 1/2 years in prison for distribution of child pornography. According to the statement of facts provided to the court April 20 at his guilty plea, Jeffrey L. Gilchrest of Cascade uploaded 23 files from his home computer onto a Yahoo Internet group depicting an underage girl in various poses and stages of undress. Gilchrest distributed these files over the Internet as they were posted on the group's Web site and e-mailed to the group.

Matthew Dolan

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