November 09, 2007

Man who pointed rifle at officer eludes surveillance

Baltimore police surrounded a block of rowhouses in Northwest Baltimore early yesterday to search for a man who they said had pointed a rifle at an officer.

After six hours, police watching a house to which they thought he had run on Allendale Road found that the man was not there. The officers found several pit bulls, including one about 10 weeks old, in the basement. Authorities said they are investigating whether the dogs were being used for fighting.

Officials investigating yesterday included members of a recently formed squad within the environmental crimes enforcement unit of the Department of Public Works that looks into illegal dogfighting rings.

The incident began about 2 a.m., when Officer Kiran R. Harrison, a six-year veteran, stopped to talk to a woman in the 2300 block of Allendale Road. Police said a man carrying a rifle approached them from behind and raised the weapon. The officer fired at least one shot, and the man ran into a nearby alley.

The department's SWAT team surrounded a house that they thought the man had entered, and officers used a bullhorn to try to communicate with him. After watching the house and investigating the scene, police determined that the man was not there.

Outside the rowhouses on the block, police officers searched the grass and sidewalks for evidence. They found a piece of paper and a set of keys, which they kept as evidence, and said they had found ammunition inside the house.

Gus G. Sentementes


: Inner Harbor

Aquarium evacuated after report of smoke

The National Aquarium at the Inner Harbor was briefly evacuated yesterday morning after smoke from a broken pump could be seen in the main building, aquarium and fire officials said.

Molly Foyle, a spokeswoman for the aquarium, said there was no fire but that hundreds of visitors and staff members from three buildings were ordered to leave when smoke was reported about 10:30 a.m. Foyle said everyone was back inside 20 minutes later, and patrons were treated to an extra dolphin show until the staff could regroup.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a spokesman for the Baltimore Fire Department, said firefighters from an engine company handled the call and made sure the pump was safely shut off. He said firefighters reported a light smoky haze on the fifth floor of the aquarium's main building on Pier 3.

None of the animals was injured, Foyle said.


Information session at BCCC tomorrow

A health information technology information session and lunch will be held tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m. at Baltimore City Community College as part of its annual celebration of National Health Information and Technology Week. The session, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Gaare Auditorium in the nursing building on the college's Liberty Campus, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. Information will be available on career options for prospective students. Information: Betty Mitchell, coordinator of the BCCC health information technology program, 410-462-7709.


Tips to be offered for job interviews

A workshop on interviewing techniques will be held today at 6 p.m. in the boardroom of the Bard Building on Baltimore City Community College's Harbor Campus, 600 E. Lombard St. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the college's Office Administration Club and the Kappa Beta Delta International Business Honor Society. Human resources specialist Karen McGlothern will offer advice for job applicants. Information, 410-986-5569.


Madison Street to close for repairs

Madison Street between Washington and Wolfe streets in East Baltimore will be closed from 6 p.m. today through 6 p.m. tomorrow for repairs, according to the city Department of Transportation. Motorists will be detoured north onto Washington Street, west onto Chase Street, south onto Wolfe Street and back to Madison.

Howard County

: Corrections

Jail's director plans to retire Dec. 31

Melanie C. Pereira, the first female head of a county jail in Maryland, will retire at the end of the year as director of the Howard County Corrections Department, she said yesterday.

Pereira, 53, became director of the agency that operates the county jail in 1997. Earlier, she was warden at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup and a deputy commissioner of the Maryland Division of Correction. She has worked in Maryland corrections for almost 33 years, beginning her career as a corrections officer at age 20, she said.

Tyeesha Dixon

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