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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
The foreclosure auction of a 43-acre plot of waterfront land in Westport that was scheduled for Thursday has been canceled because an involuntary bankruptcy petition has been filed against the land's corporate owner, according to the auctioneer. Inner Harbor West LLC, a company affiliated with developer Patrick Turner, owes a construction firm and a land consulting company more than $200,000, according to the petition, filed last week by the consultant and builder. The auction had to be canceled because of the petition, said Andrew L. Billig, a member of the auction house A.J. Billig and Co. The land's trustees will have to convince the bankruptcy judge that the sale should proceed, he said.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
Developer Patrick Turner again put off possible foreclosure on the South Baltimore waterfront he wants to redevelop as the parties agreed Monday in backruptcy court to an Oct. 24 hearing on all matters in the case. The delay gives Turner's Inner Harbor West LLC another month or so to attempt to come to terms with creditor Westport Property Investments LLC, which had asked the court to lift the automatic stay triggered by the bankruptcy that blocks foreclosure. If Turner and his creditors don't reach agreement before then, Judge Robert A. Gordon could be asked to decide the fate of Turner's aspiration to turn 43 acres on the Patapsco River into a project including homes, stores, hotels, a high-rise building and a park.
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By Natalie Sherman | March 18, 2014
U.S. bankruptcy judge Robert Gordon on Tuesday denied a bid for more time sought by Westport developer Patrick Turner, who has been trying for almost a decade to turn a blank swath of Baltimore's western waterfront into a vibrant, mixed-use community. Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp., which made a $30 million loan to Turner's group that was due in 2010, holds “all the cards,” said Gordon, criticizing Turner's team for not providing a more detailed explanation of how they propose to move forward and why such a plan would merit an extension.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Developer Patrick Turner is negotiating with a new group over his role in an ambitious mixed use development project he had planned for waterfront property in Westport. Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp., which made a $30 million loan to Turner in 2007 to help finance the development, transferred ownership of the note July 2 to Westport Property Investments, LLC. Earlier this year, the bank moved to foreclose on the properties securing the loan, on which Turner owes more than $32 million.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
Two teen-aged girls and a man were shot in the 2200 block of Annapolis Ave. in the Westport neighborhood shortly before 6 p.m. Monday — adding a triple shooting to three other incidents that police have been investigating since Sunday night. The 14-year-old girl was shot in the right leg and the other, whose age was not released, sustained a "graze wound" to her shoulder, police said. Both were treated and released from an area hospital. The 23-year-old man, who was shot in the back, is awaiting surgery at an area hospital, police said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
A 56-year-old sedan service driver fatally shot Saturday was the father of five children and was beloved by his clients, according to a business associate. John Achiampong of Brooklyn was picking up a customer in the 2400 block of Maisel Couirt in Westport about 2 p.m. when a gunman opened fire, striking Achimapong in the head and injuring a second man. Steven Lehman said Achiampong worked with him for four years. "I've literally been through thousands of drivers, and as far as character goes, I'd put him in the top 1 percent," Lehman said.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
Police are investigating an overnight shooting that left one man wounded, while detectives continue to search for suspects in the separate beating of a man Thursday evening that left him in critical condition. Police responded to Harbor Hospital at 12:50 a.m. after a gunshot victim had walked in for treatment. The man told investigators he had pulled into a lot between the 2400 block of Maisel Court and the 2400 block of Wilgrey Court in the Westport neighborhood to say hello to a friend of his cousin when an unknown suspect shot at him numerous times.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
A lawsuit over the ownership of the Westport waterfront that was dismissed last month by a bankruptcy judge will be re-filed in a different court, an attorney for real estate developer Patrick Turner said Monday. Kenneth B. Frank said the suit against potential investors, alleging they conspired to gain control of a 43-acre waterfront in southwest Baltimore, will soon be filed in federal district court. Frank, who represents Turner, his partner Thomas B. Fore and their Westport-related companies, said Judge Robert A. Gordon determined bankruptcy court was not an appropriate venue for the suit.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun reporter | July 6, 2007
A developer's vision to transform the formerly industrial shores of the Middle Branch into a $1.4 billion community of homes, offices, shops and a hotel got final master plan approval yesterday from Baltimore's Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel. Turner Development Group plans 2,000 condos, apartments and townhouses, 300,000 square feet of shops, 3 million square feet of office and entertainment uses and two hotels on 50 acres of waterfront land the developer has acquired in Westport.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2011
One man was killed in a downtown Baltimore shooting early Wednesday, and three others were injured in an earlier drive-by shooting in the Westport neighborhood, police said. The killing broke a streak of nearly 12 days without a homicide in Baltimore, one of the longest such stretches in years, according to records. The downtown shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. in the 100 block of N. Eutaw St. near Lexington Market. Officers responding to the scene found a 1978 Buick on the sidewalk near a Metro stop in the 400 block of W. Lexington St., with a man in the driver's seat suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, said Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman.
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Dan Rodricks | June 12, 2014
Two years ago, during bicentennial commemorations for the War of 1812, I was struck by how important the waterfront is to Baltimore. That might seem like an odd thing for a Baltimorean to say, but unless you own waterfront property, work near it or regularly take visitors to see it, you take it for granted. Next thing you know, there's some huge event at the Inner Harbor, and you're awed, along with all the other tourists, by the coolness that is the Baltimore waterfront. The Star-Spangled Sailabration was such a glorious event - with thousands of visitors enjoying fine mid-June weather, tall ships and Blue Angels - that it even impressed Baltimore's numerous cynics.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Dorothea Bache, a homemaker and retired Dorsey Speedway scorekeeper, died of cardiac arrest Friday at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The longtime Phoenix resident was 82. Born Dorothea O'Brien in Baltimore, she was known as Dot. She lived on Carrollton Avenue as a child and attended Seton High School. As a young woman, she operated an elevator at a building in downtown Baltimore. After her marriage to Robert Glenn Bache Sr., a Carey Street body and fender shop owner, she enjoyed riding a Harvey-Davidson motorcycle with him. While raising her family, she was a weekend scorekeeper at the Lincoln, Dorsey and Westport speedways.
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By Natalie Sherman | March 21, 2014
Developer Patrick Turner got more time to find an investor for his ambitious Westport waterfront project after a creditor filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition Friday against a company that owns part of the property, blocking a scheduled foreclosure auction at the last minute. It is the second time an involuntary bankruptcy suit stopped an auction of Turner's Westport land, which was used to secure a $30 million loan to his development team in 2007 from Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp.
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By Natalie Sherman | March 18, 2014
U.S. bankruptcy judge Robert Gordon on Tuesday denied a bid for more time sought by Westport developer Patrick Turner, who has been trying for almost a decade to turn a blank swath of Baltimore's western waterfront into a vibrant, mixed-use community. Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp., which made a $30 million loan to Turner's group that was due in 2010, holds “all the cards,” said Gordon, criticizing Turner's team for not providing a more detailed explanation of how they propose to move forward and why such a plan would merit an extension.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
A U.S. bankruptcy court is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to grant more time to developer Patrick Turner, who has tried for 10 years to transform the empty Westport waterfront from grassy marsh to a bustling neighborhood. The decision could end efforts by Turner, who was hailed as a visionary for his 2006 plan to create a $1.4 billion community of offices, townhouses and hotels on about 42 acres along the western corner of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, but who has struggled to find the money to push the project forward.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
A 56-year-old sedan service driver fatally shot Saturday was the father of five children and was beloved by his clients, according to a business associate. John Achiampong of Brooklyn was picking up a customer in the 2400 block of Maisel Couirt in Westport about 2 p.m. when a gunman opened fire, striking Achimapong in the head and injuring a second man. Steven Lehman said Achiampong worked with him for four years. "I've literally been through thousands of drivers, and as far as character goes, I'd put him in the top 1 percent," Lehman said.
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March 3, 2005
A man with a large tattoo of tombstones on his back who survived a shooting in November was fatally shot last night on a Westport street not far from the previous attack, police said. His name was withheld pending notification of his family. About 8 p.m., police found the man lying in the 2300 block of Cedley St., dead from several gunshot wounds, said Detective Eric Sharp. Anyone with information is urged to call Sharp or Detective Richard Purtell at 410-396-2100.
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March 20, 2005
Mary Helen Reichenberg, a homemaker in Westport who as a young woman endured the Great Depression and defied her parents to marry, died March 13 at Genesis Eldercare in Annapolis after a yearlong bout with complications from a fall. She was 90. She was born Mary Helen Beach in Alexandria, Va. Her family moved to Maryland as her father, a glassblower, followed job opportunities. She graduated from Western High School in Baltimore. After graduation, she began working as a clerk in Baltimore's Water Department billing section.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
A lawsuit over the ownership of the Westport waterfront that was dismissed last month by a bankruptcy judge will be re-filed in a different court, an attorney for real estate developer Patrick Turner said Monday. Kenneth B. Frank said the suit against potential investors, alleging they conspired to gain control of a 43-acre waterfront in southwest Baltimore, will soon be filed in federal district court. Frank, who represents Turner, his partner Thomas B. Fore and their Westport-related companies, said Judge Robert A. Gordon determined bankruptcy court was not an appropriate venue for the suit.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
Police are investigating an overnight shooting that left one man wounded, while detectives continue to search for suspects in the separate beating of a man Thursday evening that left him in critical condition. Police responded to Harbor Hospital at 12:50 a.m. after a gunshot victim had walked in for treatment. The man told investigators he had pulled into a lot between the 2400 block of Maisel Court and the 2400 block of Wilgrey Court in the Westport neighborhood to say hello to a friend of his cousin when an unknown suspect shot at him numerous times.
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