Save Our Streams plans Project HeartbeatBALTIMORE --...


Save Our Streams plans Project Heartbeat

BALTIMORE -- Save Our Streams, a non-profit organization, is inviting volunteers to participate in the Nov. 7 Project Heartbeat effort that aims to educate citizens on ways to protect and improve city water sources.

The project is a citywide campaign that educates, trains and organizes residents about water improvement and protection methods for the Gwynns Falls, Jones Falls, Herring Run and other tributaries.

The program will teach volunteers how to monitor streams, sample water and collect pertinent data on the tributaries.

The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Venable High School, 700 E. 34th St. To pre-register, call 969-0084 or (800) 448-5826.

Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the sampling sites.

Westminster family displaced by fire


A Westminster family was displaced yesterday afternoon when a one-alarm fire damaged their Sullivan Road apartment.

The fire was contained about 10 minutes after firefighters arrived on the scene of at the 2 p.m. blaze in apartment A-3 at the rear of 31 Sullivan Ave.

"I just smelled smoke, and when I came out people were running around and saying to get out," said Robert Tighe, who lives above the burned apartment. "The fire trucks got here about five minutes after we got out."

Firefighters from Westminster, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Manchester and Winfield responded to the call.

The apartment, rented by 23-year-old Cheril Lynn Brown, was extensively damaged and deemed unsafe by county Building Inspector Dusty Freeman.

Officials said yesterday afternoon that they were unsure where Ms. Brown and her two children, ages 2 1/2 and 9 months, would be spending the night.

Man allegedly smelling of drugs is charged



BEL AIR -- A 24-year-old Bel Air man was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana after he walked into the state police barracks here Saturday allegedly smelling of the drug.

Troopers said that when James Joseph Smith of the 100 block of Hillendale Road went to the barracks about 10 a.m. to sign his criminal summons for battery, his clothing gave off a strong odor of marijuana.

Trooper Thomas Wardrope searched Mr. Smith's van and found four bags of marijuana, police said.

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