Fla. man charged with raping Pa. teen

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

October 19, 2006

A 21-year-old Florida man has been charged with raping a 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl at a Job Corps facility in Baltimore County, police said yesterday.

Marquis Alex Bridgewater, of Miami, was charged with second-degree rape in an incident last week at the Woodstock Job Corps in the 10900 block of Old Court Road last week, police said.

About 9:30 p.m. Friday, Bridgewater invited the girl and some other friends to his room in the male dormitory at the facility where they danced and drank alcohol, according to charging documents.

Eventually the friends left, leaving Bridgewater and the girl alone, court papers show. About 11 p.m., the two drank again and the teen began "to feel very light-headed and dizzy," according to court papers.

Later, a Job Corps staff member searching for the girl after curfew found Bridgewater standing behind her in his dormitory room, court papers show. She was partially robed and unresponsive, but was breathing.

A Job Corps staff member drove the girl to Northwest Hospital Center, court papers show. Her blood-alcohol level was 0.199, more than twice the legal driving limit, police said.

Bridgewater is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $100,000 bond, police said.

Job Corps is an education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor for people ages 16 to 24. The Woodstock facility is one of 94 such sites nationwide, according to the agency's Web site, and can accommodate up to 500 residents.

Nick Shields

Public Works

Loan to county to be forgiven

A vote yesterday by the state Board of Public Works to forgive an outstanding loan will allow Baltimore County to move ahead with plans to demolish rundown buildings in the Yorkway corridor of Dundalk, officials said.

The Board of Public Works' vote to approve a proposal for the state Department of Housing and Community Development to forgive the $2.2 million loan and release the lien against 20 apartment buildings allows the county to move ahead with plans to redevelopment the Yorkway Apartments, according to officials. The county bought the 20 apartments in August, paying $5.5 million and agreeing to assume the debt attached to them.

The 56-building apartment complex was built in the 1940s as housing for defense workers, but the two-block Yorkway corridor became a center of criminal activity, with more than 3,800 police calls for service last year, county officials said.

Essex

Gas leak found at middle school

An Essex middle school was evacuated yesterday afternoon after a gas leak was detected in the boiler room, fire and school officials said.

Firefighters were called to Stemmers Run Middle School just before 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon when a teacher reported smelling an odor, a school spokesman said.

Although school had been dismissed about an hour earlier, about 40 pupils attending after-school programs and several teachers and staff members were in the building. They were sent home, the spokesman said.

Firefighters traced the gas leak to the boiler room but were not able to determine the source of the leak. No injuries were reported, a fire official said.

It was unclear last night whether classes would be canceled today..

Julie Scharper

Timonium

Efforts for disabled honored

Several Baltimore County residents, businesses and organizations were honored yesterday for contributions to residents with disabilities.

During a luncheon ceremony in Timonium, 16 honorees received citations from County Executive James T. Smith Jr. in seven categories that included education, employment and transportation.

The event, in its 16th year, is sponsored by the county Commission on Disabilities, which works to ensure that programs, buildings and services in the county are open to all residents.

Environment

Hazardous waste collection set

Baltimore County environmental officials will accept household hazardous waste items Saturday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Baltimore County residents may bring paint, motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, cleaning solvents, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and other household hazardous wastes to the fairgrounds. The one-day event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The county operates a household hazardous waste collection facility at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, 6259 Days Cove Road in White Marsh. That facility is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday from April through November. Information: 410-887-3745.

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