Foundation to honor students at Leith Walk on Saturday
The Community Outreach Team Foundation will celebrate on Saturday the achievements of 300 students of Leith Walk Elementary School who have an A average and perfect attendance. Foundation President Harold L. Diggs Jr. said the event from noon to 3 p.m. at the school, 1235 Sherwood Ave., will feature music, games, contests and a special feature called "Story Book." Diggs said children attending the event will be encouraged to dress up like their favorite characters from storybooks they've read. Diggs said 40 men who are foundation volunteers will be monitoring the event, providing security and assistance. He added that the foundation plans to introduce similar events to many other city schools. "We believe in supporting the city's youth," he said.
- Richard Irwin
Public urged to avoid stream after sewage spill
Baltimore County residents were advised to avoid Powder Mill Branch after an overflow of 20,000 gallons from a sanitary sewer was discovered Wednesday morning, according to public works officials. The cause of the overflow, in a wooded area of the Seton Industrial Park north of Liberty Road, remains under investigation. Utility crews cleared the line and shut it off by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to David Fidler, a county public works spokesman. County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management staff will continue to monitor the stream, Fidler said.
-Liz F. Kay
4 arrested in Baltimore in health care reform protest
Four people were arrested Thursday afternoon inside a Southeast Baltimore health facility while protesting national health care reform bills, police said. "They were protesting as individuals and had no permit," said Agent Donny Moses, a Baltimore police spokesman. The four drew a large crowd and there was "a lot of yelling," Moses said. About 1 p.m., the two men and two women were protesting outside Care First Health Center at the Canton Crossing Tower, in the 1500 block of S. Clinton St., when they entered the lobby and were stopped by a security officer who warned them they were trespassing on private property. Police asked, then ordered them to leave, and all four were arrested and charged with trespassing and failure to obey a lawful police order when they did not, Moses said.
- Richard Irwin