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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1997
A recreational trail along the Gwynns Falls was lauded as an important "green" link among city neighborhoods during a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday in Leakin Park."
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September 30, 2013
Supporters of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park are understandably alarmed by a BGE plan to build a new gas pipeline through the area. The pipeline, which serves about 90,000 customers in the city and county, was one of the first such conduits built in the Baltimore region, and it has been repaired dozens of times since it was first laid in 1949. But the company says it's now reached the end of its useful life and must be replaced. The problem is that building a new pipeline along the original route may be impossible under today's stricter environmental regulations, while the available alternatives could require the company to cut down hundreds of the park's historic and beloved old-growth trees.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | July 5, 1997
Leakin Park is a place where a person can go from a crowded urban road to a secluded wooded path in minutes. But what makes the wilderness expanse a sanctuary for city dwellers makes it attractive for killers as well.It has been dubbed "the city's largest unregistered graveyard" -- an urban forest in Dead Run Valley where children discover skeletons and city workers find bullet-riddled corpses draped over guardrails.Established six decades ago on land once owned by a Prussian railroad industrialist, Leakin Park is simply the place to dump a body in Baltimore.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
One of the largest urban woodland parks in the eastern United States appears destined to get less wooded. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. aims to cut a swath up to two miles long through Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park in West Baltimore to replace an aging natural gas pipeline there. The plan has alarmed advocates of the city's largest park, who estimate from the various routes broached so far that anywhere from 500 to 2,000 trees could be felled, some of them a century or more old. "Parks are so important to the city," said Jo Orser, president of the Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park and a resident of neighboring Hunting Ridge.
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By William Wan and William Wan,SUN STAFF | November 29, 2004
The city began dumping leaves for compost into Leakin Park this weekend, befuddling some residents, who mistook the black bags of leaves for trash. Heru Anu, 47, looked out his window yesterday and saw dump trucks lined up along Windsor Mill Road. Anu, an avid birdwatcher in the park, was angry. "There were piles and piles of bags and an odor like you would smell from a landfill," he said. But learning that the bags are full of recycled leaves collected from residents, not trash, Anu said, "Recycling's good.
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By Marilyn McCraven and Marilyn McCraven,SUN STAFF | May 24, 1996
Mary Louise Wolf is behind on gardening chores at her large, verdant swath of Dickeyville. A bunch of tarragon slumped by the curb one morning this week, waiting to be planted. Thirsty greenhouse tomato plants sagged from the heat."I've been so busy that I really haven't had time," Wolf said. "Isn't it terrible to be so involved with one thing?"Wolf's home is the nerve center of the 10th annual Baltimore Herb Festival, the state's largest celebration devoted to such vegetation as sage, rosemary and thyme.
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By Roger Twigg | September 15, 1990
The police said yesterday that they have no suspects in the slaying of a 35-year-old psychiatric counselor whose body was found late Thursday on a road that runs alongside Leakin Park.Hope Sarah Patterson of the first block of Brubar Court, Gwynn Oak, died from a gunshot to the right side of the head, the police said. No motive has been established for her killing. Police believe that she was shot and killed on the road."I'm really surprised. She stayed to her herself, but she could handle herself," said Jada R. Patterson, an 18-year-old nephew of Ms. Patterson.
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By Amy Oakes and Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF | March 1, 1999
The 17-year-old former boyfriend of Hae Min Lee was charged yesterday in the killing of the Woodlawn High School student, whose body was found Feb. 9 in a West Baltimore park, city police said.Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman, said Adnan Musud Syed was arrested about 6 a.m. at his home in the 7000 block of Johnnycake Road in Woodlawn, Baltimore County, and taken to the Central Booking and Intake Center, where he was charged as an adult with first-degree murder.Rowe said Syed and Lee, 18, were classmates and became friends in May. At some point in the relationship, Rowe said, they started dating.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Reporter | March 30, 2008
The 1830s saw a "Franklin Towne" planned by William H. Freeman, a prominent Baltimore landowner -- but it didn't get off the paper because of a bank failure. Still, a leafy hamlet has grown up around what started as a gristmill along Dead Run, where Freeman envisioned his suburban oasis. Parts of Franklintown are recognized as local and national historic districts, and the former millhouse is a private home. The neighborhood is hidden between Leakin Park to the east and Security Boulevard to the west, just north of the tip of Interstate 70. Mostly in the city, Franklintown straddles the Baltimore City-Baltimore County line.
NEWS
December 2, 1997
AFTER YEARS of brainstorming and fund-raising, today marks the groundbreaking for a 4.5-mile asphalt trail along stream valleys in West Baltimore's Leakin and Gwynns Falls parks.If everything goes as planned, that new walking, bicycling and line skating path will eventually stretch nearly 15 miles, connecting Dickeyville and Windsor Hills to the Inner Harbor and Middle Branch.Today's ceremony is cause for jubilation. For the first time since the two parks were devastated by Tropical Storm Agnes in the summer of 1972, they are about to become accessible to the public.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
A man was shot near the east edge of Leakin Park in Baltimore Tuesday afternoon and later died at a hospital, police said. The man, who was shot multiple times in the 3800 block of Clifton Avenue about 4 p.m., has not yet been identified as police look for a motive and suspect and notify his next-of-kin. No more information was immediately available. Before Tuesday, 60 people had been killed in Baltimore in 2013. cwells@baltsun.com twitter.com/cwellssun
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
Volunteers taking part in a cleanup at Leakin Park on Saturday morning discovered a decomposing body, police confirmed.  The body was discovered off of the 4900 block of N. Franklintown Rd., in the Southwestern District, at around 11 a.m. Police said volunteers were cleaning the area when they noticed what appeared to be a body in "severe stages of decomposition. "  There were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play, though a police spokeswoman said that was not unusual given the decomposition.
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May 28, 2012
Since we have big park-related events coming up, I read Timothy Wheeler's recent article on Baltimore's parks with particular interest ("Baltimore's parks ranked 15 t h in U.S.," May 24). For the second year, Nature Art in the Park is sponsoring the installation of several site-specific artworks that celebrate nature in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park. The artworks will be on view throughout the summer on the trails between the Carrie Murray Nature Center and Orianda House, off Windsor Mill Road.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
A person was fatally shot Wednesday night in the 4700 block of Windsor Mill Road, in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, police said. Police were notified of the shooting at 9:05 p.m. No other information, including the sex or age of the victim, was immediately available from police. steve.kilar@baltsun.com twitter.com/stevekilar
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2011
Baltimore police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old Linthicum woman whose body was found in Leakin Park last month, charging her boyfriend with first-degree murder. Police said Lois Smyth had left her home to meet with boyfriend Kenneth Brunetti and attend a picnic on the afternoon of May 29. Court records show that police believe Smyth was "lured to the Gwynns Falls Trail" in the 3900 block of Windsor Mill Road and down a wooded path, where she was shot in the head.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2011
A seventh person was convicted Friday in Baltimore Circuit Court in what police and prosecutors say was a gang-related killing of a man who was beaten, wrapped in a blanket, stabbed and set on fire for failing to carry out a task. With his trial about to begin — in which several co-defendants were expected to testify — 25-year-old Anthony O. Williams entered an Alford plea, maintaining his innocence but acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him in the murder of Petro Taylor in December 2008.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | December 2, 1998
A 44-year-old Northwest Baltimore man was abducted, forced into the trunk of his car and shot Monday night after he offered to give a man a ride home and was accosted by him and two armed men, police said.Police said after Gregory Hamlett, 50, of the 4000 block of Kathland Ave. offered a man a ride about 9 p.m. in the 4200 block of Frederick Ave., two other men got into his gray 1984 Cadillac with tags EBM 058 and ordered him to drive to an unknown location, where they forced him into the trunk.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2002
Hikers and bikers will be able to complete a 14-mile trail journey from Leakin Park to the Baltimore waterfront thanks to a $1 million grant announced yesterday. Gov. Parris N. Glendening announced the funding for the third and last phase of the Gwynns Falls Trail as part of a $2 million infusion of federal dollars to expand the state's network of foot and bike paths. The governor appeared at Charles Carroll Barrister Elementary School in Baltimore and praised the Gwynns Falls Trail as part of his environmental strategy.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2011
Baltimore police confirmed that homicide detectives have made an arrest in the Dec. 12 killing of a 25-year-old mother and dancer on The Block who was found shot to death near Leakin Park. Hassan Muhammed, 32, of the 1600 block of Guilford Ave., is charged with first-degree murder and related charges in the killing of Cherrie Gammon, online court records show. He was arrested on Jan. 17 at 5:30 a.m., police said. Gammon's body was found on the side of the road in the 1400 block of N. Franklintown Road.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2011
Baltimore police on Tuesday launched an extensive search and investigation into the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl, involving an elite FBI team and more than 100 officers who scoured a secluded city park for hours. Authorities all but ended their search in Leakin Park around dusk, having found no signs of a body or clues to the whereabouts of Phylicia Simone Barnes of North Carolina, who had been visiting her older sister in Northwest Baltimore when she apparently vanished the afternoon of Dec. 28. Detectives suspect foul play and have said it's a possible the teen was abducted and taken out of state.
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