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Ex-police chief to speak at gun-control meetingTOWSON...


Ex-police chief to speak at gun-control meeting

TOWSON -- Former county police Chief Cornelius J. Behan, a nationally recognized gun-control advocate, will be speak at an organizational meeting tomorrow of the county's Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse chapter.

The session will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Towson Unitarian Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. Workshops are planned on how people can make their voices heard on the issue.

Sgt. Mark Cowley, head of the county police Firearms Violence Unit, will speak about the unit's activities since being created in February. Students Against Handgun Abuse will give a presentation. For information, call Ginni Wolf at 889-1477 or 760-9597.

Explosive devices found at former steel company site

Several explosive devices that resemble pipe bombs were found yesterday by construction workers renovating a steel company site in East Baltimore, forcing police to close a portion of Edison Highway.

The Police Department's bomb squad was called to the former Armco Steel Co. about 8:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Edison Highway. Police said a security guard found what he thought was a pipe bomb.

While police and firefighters investigated, workers found five more similar devices. Police said they were used by the steelmaker to reopen clogged drainage holes in the bottom of vats that were sealed by hardened steel. Two of the devices were detonated at the scene and the others will be returned to the manufacturer. Edison Highway was reopened about 11 a.m.

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