Funeral for four victims of fire today

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

June 02, 2007

Four of the victims of last month's Cecil Avenue fire are to be buried today after funeral services at Israel Baptist Church at 1200 N. Washington St. in East Baltimore. Funeral services for a fifth victim are scheduled Tuesday.

Seven people were killed in the May 22 blaze at 1903 Cecil Ave. Two children were buried this week.

Services for William C. Hyman, 66, Dominic Thompson, 27, Tashon Thomas, 16, and Davonta Witherspoon, 13, are scheduled at the church at 11 a.m. A wake will be at 10 a.m.

A separate funeral for Melvin L. Beckett, 13, will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. The wake will be at 10:30 a.m. The service will be at Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church, 2423 E. Biddle St.

Annie Linskey

Baltimore

: Reservoirs

Free fishing offered today

People without fishing licenses can fish at one of the city's three reservoirs tomorrow, one of three days out of each year designated a "free fishing day," according to the Baltimore Department of Public Works. The reservoirs -- Prettyboy, Loch Raven and Liberty -- are in Baltimore County.

The reservoirs are open to fishing all year, but a license from the state of Maryland is usually required. That rule is waived June 2, June 9 and July 4.

For more information or to obtain a fishing license, call 410-260-8260.

Pratt library

Raven to help start reading program

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is launching its summer reading program with the help of Baltimore Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle. The Rolle With Me Foundation is giving away free Ravens tickets to the top children and teen readers from each library in the system.

The theme of the 2007 program is Reading Road Trip. Children can register, and they receive prizes based on the number of books they read. Rolle will congratulate the top readers at a reception Aug. 16 at the Maryland Science Center.

The program begins June 9 and ends Aug. 4. For more information, visit www.prattlibrary.org.

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