Digest

August 29, 2007

Body found in park that of city teenager

A body that was found on fire early Monday in a Baltimore County park was identified by police yesterday as that of a 17-year-old Baltimore youth.

The body of Glen Michael Stewart of the 5400 block of Gist Ave. was found about 1:45 a.m. in Villa Nova Park at Villa Nova and Queen Anne roads, Baltimore County police said.

An autopsy was scheduled for yesterday.

Anyone with information about the death was asked to call county police at 410-307-2020.

Randallstown

Apartment fire ruled accidental

A fire this month at an apartment complex started accidentally, but the cause remained under investigation, county fire officials said yesterday.

The Aug. 14 fire severely damaged three buildings in the Brookhaven Estates complex.

It is unclear whether the pull alarms were working in the buildings damaged in the fire, said Elise Armacost, a county Fire Department spokeswoman.

Residents said the alarms, located in hallways, did not sound when they were pulled, but firefighters said they heard the alarms when they first got to the scene, Armacost said.

The apartment buildings are required to have fire extinguishers and "pull station" alarms in common areas, said Armacost. But, she said, "They are constantly vandalized."

County fire inspectors have been working with the management company since March to make improvements in the apartment complex and ensure the alarms and extinguishers are working, Armacost said.

Three firefighters were injured in the two-alarm fire. Eighteen families were displaced, according to an official from the complex's management company.

Laura Barnhardt

Essex

Street upgrade gets under way

A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday for a streetscape project in Essex.

The $1.5 million project is to begin at Old Eastern Avenue and Stemmers Run and Back River Neck roads, and continue east along Old Eastern Avenue for about a half-mile.

It is designed to create an appealing entrance to Middle River and to make the intersection of Old Eastern Avenue and Stemmers Run and Back River Neck roads safer by enlarging the medians, reducing the distance pedestrians must walk and by adding crosswalks. The project is also to include bike lanes on both sides of Old Eastern Avenue.

The project began in 2003 with a concept development process that included county staff, a design consultant and an advisory group of community representatives. The group met over a nine-month period to develop a design.

The project is scheduled to be completed next summer, county officials said.

Education

Eighth-graders to head to college

Eight-graders from several Baltimore County public schools soon will have the opportunity to experience a day of college through a partnership set to be announced tomorrow in the media center at Dundalk Middle School, 7400 Dunmanway, according to county school officials.

The College Gateway Partnership is being sponsored by the county public school system and the Community College of Baltimore County.

Starting next month, the initiative will enable students, their teachers, and school counselors to spend one day on a CCBC campus, taking classes created for the middle-schoolers and taught by CCBC and county schools faculty. The students will also learn how middle school can help them prepare for college.

Students from Deep Creek, Dundalk, Golden Ring, Holabird, Lansdowne, Middle River, Old Court, and Woodlawn middle schools as well as Loch Raven Technical Academy will participate in the program.

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