City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 03, 2006

Girl, 12, reports being sexually assaulted in Elkridge

Howard County police are investigating a report from a 12-year-old girl that a man followed her and two of her friends from an Elkridge shopping center to a wooded area Sunday and than forced her to engage in a sex act.

The girls reported that the man told them he was selling magazines in the 6500 block of Waterloo Road, and when they walked away, he followed them. Two of the girls, ages 12 and 13, fled. They returned with friends to help the victim and confront the perpetrator, who fled, according to police.

Police yesterday released a sketch of the man, who is described as a Hispanic male, in his late teens or early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes and a tattoo in the shape of a half-moon on his stomach.

A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest. Police are asking anyone with information to call 410-313-3200.

Melissa Harris

Baltimore: Education

School board candidates sought

The Maryland State Board of Education is accepting applications for candidates for the Baltimore City school board until Friday. Voting members of the city board must live in the city and be at least 18 years old. To apply, candidates must submit a letter of interest listing strengths they would bring to the board, a record of personal history and experiences, proof of city residency and three references. Information may be mailed to the Maryland State Board of Education, Attn. Anthony L. South, 200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore 21201, or sent by fax to 410-333-2226.

Baltimore: Traffic

Charles St. closed for hotel demolition

A one-block section of North Charles Street is being closed to traffic during daylight hours so work crews can continue demolishing the Rochambeau building in the first block of W. Franklin St., the city Department of Transportation announced. Charles between Mulberry and Franklin streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday until work is completed. Patrons of Charles Street businesses will have access to stores, but motorists should expect delays. Northbound Charles Street traffic will be detoured onto Mulberry, St. Paul and Franklin streets and back to Charles. The closure began yesterday.

Baltimore: Public Works

City schedules leaf collection

Trash crews in Baltimore will start collecting bagged leaves Thursday and continue the service until Jan. 27, according to the Department of Public Works. Collections will take place on the second trash collection day of the week. Residents also can drop off bagged leaves from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the solid waste yards at 6101 Bowleys Lane, 2840 Sisson St. and 701 Reedbird Ave. In addition, Public Works will collect bagged leaves in heavily wooded communities Sundays from Nov. 12 through Jan. 14 (except Dec. 24 and Dec. 31). Residents are urged to put leaves in clear or labeled bags. Leaves should not be blown into gutters; there will be no vacuuming or street sweeping for leaves this year.

Carroll County: Politics

Candidates forum scheduled for today

The League of Women Voters of Carroll County will co-sponsor a candidates forum at 7 p.m. today in the Scott Center at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road.

Candidates for the House of Representatives - Republican incumbent Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett and Democratic opponent Andrew Duck - will be featured.

Candidates can display their literature and greet visitors until 8:15 p.m., when the forum begins.

Another forum will be held Sunday, with the lobby open from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. for candidates and community members to meet. One-hour forums will be held as follows: General Assembly at 2 p.m.; county Board of Commissioners at 3:15 p.m.; and school board at 4:30 p.m.

Information: 410-386-4415 or 410-549-4693.

Ellie Baublitz

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