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AROUND THE NATION

October 29, 2008

City police fatally shoot knife-wielding man

A city police officer fatally shot a man last night in an East Baltimore house when the man lunged at police with a knife after stabbing two other people in the dwelling, a department spokesman said. Names of the dead man, the stabbing victims and the officer were not available last night, police said. Officer Troy Harris, the spokesman, said Eastern District police responding to a report of a stabbing inside a house in the 800 block of N. Belnord Ave. about 10:50 p.m. entered the dwelling and found two people in a room bleeding from stab wounds; a man standing nearby was armed with a knife. Harris said the officers repeatedly ordered the man to drop the knife but that he refused. When the man made a threatening move toward the officers, Harris said, one of them pulled out his Glock 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and shot the suspect at least twice in the upper body. Harris said Fire Department medics arrived and pronounced the man dead at the scene. He said the two stabbing victims were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. He did not know the relationship between the dead man and the stabbing victims or what led to their being attacked. The officers were not injured.

Richard Irwin

40 state employees are being laid off today

Forty state employees are being laid off today as part of budget cutbacks that were implemented to cover a revenue shortfall brought on by the declining economy. More than half of the layoffs are in the Department of Transportation. Other agencies affected include the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The employees will receive severance pay equal to four weeks of salary and four months of health benefits. Gov. Martin O'Malley, at a news conference yesterday, pointed out that the state also eliminated about 800 vacant positions and hundreds of millions of dollars for state programs. "There just are not any painless options left to us anymore," the Democratic governor said. "We are making cuts that affect real people in painful ways."

Laura Smitherman

Disputed water bills at complex to be reviewed

Residents of a West Baltimore public housing development and the management company that runs the complex have agreed to review disputed water bills as the sides attempt to resolve who is responsible for payment. Some Townes of Terraces tenants have been issued water bills of more than $3,000 after years of nonpayment and late fees. Representatives from Edgewood Management, the city Water Department and the Baltimore Housing Authority met with a few tenants last week at City Hall and decided that each resident with a pricey water bill will have the account reviewed. Larry Davis, who works for Edgewood, said the company will show how the Water Department came up with the amounts. Many of the residents contend they went years without ever receiving the quarterly bills from management. Davis said he expects to review about 17 bills.

Brent Jones

Tech Council CEO will leave her post

The chief executive officer of the Tech Council of Maryland will resign at the end of November, the council said yesterday. Julie Coons, who led the council's effort to repeal a proposed computer services sales tax during the 2008 legislative session, is leaving to become the president and chief executive officer of the Electronic Retailing Association, said Michelle Ferrone, the council's vice president of marketing and operations. She said details about a search for a replacement are not complete.

Liz F. Kay

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