Boyfriend charged in slaying of woman
BALTIMORE -- The boyfriend of a woman whose burned body was found last month in Northeast Baltimore was charged yesterday in connection with her slaying, police said.
Antoine Mike Chase, 19, whose last known address was in the 4900 block of Marlboro Hall Road, was charged in an arrest warrant with first-degree murder, police said. He was being sought last night.
On June 24, firefighters who were putting out a brush fire at the foot of a hill near an apartment complex in the 5600 block of Sinclair Lane found the body of Michelle Renee Lowery, 20, of the 5400 block of Morello Road.
Ms. Lowery's mother, Germaine Reese Lowery, called police after learning that they were trying to identify a burn victim wearing a ring with the initial "G" on it. She said last night that the ring was hers and that her daughter often wore it.
Habitat for Humanity rehabilitating homes
BALTIMORE -- More than 500 volunteers are expected to rehabilitate 20 vacant homes in the Sand town-Winchester community this week as part of Sandtown Habitat for Humanity's annual "blitz build."
Volunteers will work with donated materials to renovate the units.
The project began yesterday in the West Baltimore neighborhood with singing and prayer by local clergy. On Friday at 3 p.m., Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will dedicate one of the newly renovated dwellings in the 1500 block of N. Stricker St.
Pizzeria's large bar brings fine, suspension
PERRY HALL -- When liquor board inspector George Engle bellied up to the 30-foot horseshoe-shaped bar at Papa Leo's pizzeria in the 9600 block of Belair Road in June to sip a beer, he found a problem.
That's because owner Abdulmanaf Parvizimotlagh had liquor nTC board approval for only a small service bar to serve alcoholic beverages to his restaurant's patrons seated at tables and booths.
But Mr. Parvizimotlagh had built a 22-stool bar and dance floor, without getting board approval, according to testimony last week before the board. The work apparently was in preparation for converting the establishment into a nightclub, testimony showed.
The board fined Mr. Parvizimotlagh $500 and suspended his license until he tears out the new bar and returns to the service bar concept that the board approved in 1992.
People displaced by fire to get assistance
COLUMBIA -- The Red Cross will help provide food, home furnishings, relocation assistance, clothing and medication for the next month for about 18 residents to help them after a Columbia apartment complex fire Saturday.
Meanwhile, other tenants of the complex are organizing a barbecue fund-raiser to help their neighbors after the three-alarm fire at the Chase Glen complex. The state fire marshal still is investigating the cause of the 4 a.m. blaze, which caused an estimated $1.1 million in damages and forced the evacuation of 60 people from 28 apartments in two connected buildings in the 10300 block of Hickory Ridge Road.
No residents were hurt, but three firefighters were treated for minor injuries in the blaze, which took 2 1/2 hours to put out and drew more than 60 firefighters from five counties.