Digest

April 18, 2008

Anne Arundel : Laurel

3 girls flee juvenile facility; 2 caught

An intensive search by police from multiple jurisdictions continued last night for the last of three teenage girls who escaped from the Waxter Children's Center in Laurel, state police said. Shortly before 8 p.m., the girls, 18, 17 and 15, fled the facility in the 300 block of Red Clay Road. State police from the Glen Burnie Barracks, U.S. Park Police, Anne Arundel County police, at least two other agencies and an Anne Arundel police helicopter joined in the search, said Sgt. J. Cameron of the Glen Burnie Barracks. The girls had been confined to the center for minor juvenile offenses, and no weapons were believed to be involved in the escape, he said. Within an hour, one of the girls was captured in a wooded area near the center, and the second girl was found walking on the shoulder of Route 198 near Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Cameron said.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore

: Senator Theatre

Owner unveils plans for expansion

Senator Theatre owner Tom Kiefaber unveiled preliminary plans last night to turn his York Road building into a multiuse facility that would allow for concerts and other uses, although it would still be used primarily as a movie theater. The plans, drawn up by architect Steve Ziger of the Baltimore firm Ziger/Snead, would extend the theater's stage out several feet and would require removing the auditorium's front four or five rows, Kiefaber said. He avoided foreclosure in February 2007 when the Senator's fans donated almost $110,000 to help him remain as owner of the theater, which has been in his family since opening in 1939. Last night, he offered no timetable or estimated cost for the renovations.

Chris Kaltenbach

Senior housing

Nonprofit planning home-like facilities

The Maryland Health Care Commission has given a local nonprofit the go-ahead to begin planning four nursing facilities called Green Houses that will house 48 low-to-moderate income seniors in small, home-like settings in Baltimore. Mitch Posner, executive director of Govans Ecumenical Development Corp., said the commission yesterday awarded the nonprofit a "Certificate of Need" -- essentially, a license to move forward. The group will now begin fundraising, he said. Green Houses, so named because they are airy and sunlight-filled, are the brainchild of Dr. William Thomas, a professor at UMBC. GEDCO said it hopes to open the Green Houses by 2011 at Stadium Place in the Ednor Gardens-Lakeside neighborhood.

Tanika White

Statewide

: Gas tax

Harris wants levy stopped in summer

Republican state Sen. Andy Harris, who is running for Congress in Maryland's 1st District, called yesterday for a one-day special session of the Maryland legislature to suspend the state's 23.5-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax this summer when motorists hit the road in large numbers. But Gov. Martin O'Malley quickly rebuffed the idea and said that Harris was trying to "pander to the public."

Laura Smitherman

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