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By From staff reports | July 11, 2003
IN BALTIMORE CITY Two men arrested after bank robbery, police chase into city A robbery at 1st Mariner Bank on Route 3 in Crofton sparked a police chase that ended in Baltimore with the arrest of two suspects yesterday, Anne Arundel County police said. Michael Ross, 41, of the 1200 block of Turnberry Court in Pasadena and Joseph Michael Pierce, 38, of the 900 block of Sunnybrook Drive in Glen Burnie were arrested late yesterday morning on Malden Avenue, police said. A man had displayed a note to a bank teller implying a robbery, police said.
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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | July 17, 2002
The Housing Authority shut down a recreation center for two Annapolis public housing developments Monday after it was found that roof leaks had allowed water to enter the electrical system, creating a potential fire hazard. The city's electrical inspector, Clint Pratt, said he declared the Eastport building "unfit for habitation" and ordered the Housing Authority to replace the roof before reopening the building. The move is the latest problem arising from deteriorating conditions at the authority's 10 properties - which have brought criticism of the authority and its executive director, P. Holden Croslan.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2011
Baltimore received bids Wednesday to run just seven of the 31 recreation centers that officials wanted to hand over to third parties by the end of the year - raising the prospect that some will be forced to close. A spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said late Wednesday that if more groups do not step forward to pick up the cost of running the centers, the city will have no choice but to shutter some. "The current structure, with dilapidated buildings, understaffed centers, and a lack of resources and programming is not adequate and certainly doesn't make sense in this economic climate," said spokesman Ryan O'Doherty.
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By Taylor Lincoln and Taylor Lincoln,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1997
About 25 people protested the city's anticipated overhaul of the Department of Recreation and Parks yesterday, while parks officials called on employees to pull together during the department's budget crisis.Though Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has pledged to continue operating all 58 of the city's recreation centers through the summer, protesters said they feared services would be drastically reduced in the fall.The city budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 calls on recreation and parks to cut its budget by $5.4 million.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2003
City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr., Mayor Martin O'Malley and city school administrators are working to create a stepped-up effort to return truant children to school. Starting Monday, the city will begin a pilot program at Calverton Middle School on the west side in which a school police officer will drive a van around the neighborhood near the school, picking up truant pupils and returning them to the school, according to city officials. At the school, the children will be evaluated by social workers to determine if they have problems that can be addressed, said Deputy Mayor Jeanne Hitchcock.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | April 4, 2002
The city Board of Estimates approved yesterday hiring a consultant to survey residents to determine what they want from the Department of Recreation and Parks and to find funds for the agency from the private sector. Parks Director Marvin F. Billups Jr. said the consultant, who will be paid $29,250, also will analyze past studies of the department and interview residents and organizations about the agency. "What we are constantly finding is that there are many expectations that are all a little bit different," Billups said.
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1999
A second charge of petty theft scheme was filed yesterday against a man accused of soliciting donations for children's sports and then keeping the money, and Baltimore County police say at least 80 people have reported they gave the man money.Kirk Russell Bryant, 29, of the 1300 block of Saratoga Ave. was being held in the Woodlawn precinct pending a bail hearing yesterday, said Officer Morgan Hassler.After the first criminal charge was reported by the media, a woman who did not want to be identified called and said Bryant had tried to collect money from her and became angry when she declined.
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By Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer Staff Writer Michael A. Fletcher contributed to this story | May 4, 1992
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke today unveiled a plan to close two city recreation centers while proposing alternative uses for eight others.Under the plan, which would take effect July 1, several recreation centers would be offered to community organizations to operate.The plan was given to City Council members today.The 10 centers, which have a combined annual operating budget of $409,790, are spread among the city's six councilmanic districts.Clint Coleman, the mayor's press secretary, said Mayor Schmoke or Department of Recreation and Parks officials conferred with community leaders before proposing the changes, which are intended to improve the effectiveness of the remaining 67 recreation centers.
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June 4, 2014
Plans to expand the youth curfew signal a recognition that kids in Baltimore City need more community services, employment opportunities and structured recreational activities ( "Council approves stricter curfew," June 3). This recognition offers a chance to meaningfully empower kids and connect them with the services they need. However, the planned expansion of the curfew will increase contact between kids and police and is likely to undo successful efforts to reduce the inappropriate use of secure detention in Baltimore.
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