Around The Region


December 12, 2009

Mount Royal Democratic Club is disbanding after 55 years

Officials of the 55-year-old Mount Royal Democratic Club have announced that the organization will disband and hold its final holiday party tonight at the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 Mount Royal Ave. Former state Sen. Jack Lapides said, "It's the end of an era for the club." The group's founder, retired Baltimore Circuit Judge Tom Ward, said, "We only had two meetings last year, and only a few people came." They said the door is open for others to form a new organization. Tickets to tonight's event, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., are $20.

- Jacques Kelly

Author to appear at Bethel AME on Sunday

Robert Greene, whose books on power and strategy have found an audience among hip-hop fans, will be a featured guest at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 1300 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore. Greene's works include "The Art of Seduction," "The 33 Strategies of War" and "The 48 Laws of Power." His latest book, "The 50th Law," co-written with the rapper 50 Cent, is a favorite of the Rev. Frank M. Reid III, senior pastor at Bethel, who has been passing it out to church members and friends.

- Matthew Hay Brown

Dance raises nearly $100,000 for Harford arts center

A gala that drew nearly 300 guests raised almost $100,000 toward a proposed Harford County Center for the Arts. In a takeoff on a popular TV competition, the second annual Dancing for the Arts last month at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace paired experienced dance instructors and studio owners with local officials and business leaders, many of them unpracticed in tangos, waltzes and fox trots. Organized four years ago to build a home for the arts, the nonprofit Center for the Arts group is searching for a location with about 22 acres and is raising construction money. Preliminary estimates say it will cost about $52 million, excluding land and site development, to construct the facility.

- Mary Gail Hare

Water main breaks affect N. Baltimore, Lutherville

Hundreds of residents and businesses in a 73-acre swath of North Baltimore, including the Village of Cross Keys, were without water most of the day after a main break on Falls Road north of Cold Spring Lane, a city public works spokesman said. The 80-year-old, 10-inch water main ruptured about 10 a.m. in the 4700 block of Falls Road, DPW spokesman Kurt Kocher said. DPW provided bottled water to a ManorCare facility that houses 180 residents, he said. In addition, the 388 homes in the Village of Cross Keys, as well as its 150-bed hotel and many homes in neighborhoods on Falls Road between Cold Spring Lane and Northern Parkway, were affected. Northbound and southbound Falls Road traffic was being detoured through the Poly/Western High School complex parking lot, but motorists were asked to avoid the area, if possible. Kocher cautioned that nearby roads could be iced because of flowing hydrants that were draining the line. DPW staff hoped to have the pipe repaired sometime Friday night. Early Friday evening, a 50-year-old 12-inch water main at Seminary Road and Oak Hampton Drive in Lutherville also broke. By 8:20 p.m., Kocher said that "significant progress" had been made in shutting down the busted main.

- Liz F. Kay and Don Markus

Copper wire, pipes stolen from Annapolis building site

Large amounts of copper wire and pipe were stolen this week from apartments under construction by the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, Annapolis police said Friday. On Monday night or Tuesday morning, someone entered the property, in the 100 block of Clay St. A locked fence around the building showed no sign of forced entry, and the apartments were open because they were under construction, police said.

-Andrea F. Siegel

Curtis Bay man gets 21 years for dealing crack cocaine

A 31-year-old Curtis Bay man was sentenced to more than 21 years in federal prison Friday for dealing crack cocaine, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Lonnie Bivins' sentence was enhanced after the judge found him to be a "career offender" with two prior drug convictions. Bivins and his conspirators sold $500 to $4,000 worth of crack and powder cocaine per day in the Curtis Bay area of Baltimore from 2005 through 2008, according to court records. Law enforcement authorities witnessed Bivins making drug transactions for a year before arresting him in February 2008.

- Tricia Bishop

Gang member gets 21 years for racketeering

A Baltimore gangster was sentenced to more than 21 years in federal prison yesterday for racketeering as a member of the Pasadena Denver Lanes, a faction of the Bloods gang. According to his plea agreement, Derrick Truesdale, 34, sold and distributed heroin and crack cocaine and participated in gang sanctions, said the Maryland U.S. attorney's office, which worked on the case with several city state's attorneys.

- Tricia Bishop

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.