TOWSON -- A former county corrections officer...


TOWSON -- A former county corrections officer briefly picketed the county detention center on Kenilworth Drive yesterday afternoon, complaining that her June 14 firing was unfair and discriminatory.

Laurie Brown, 35, of Baltimore, a corrections officer for nearly eight years and former county police officer, said she was fired after a series of run-ins with superiors and was denied unemployment benefits.

However, she acknowledged violating some rules, including once carrying her county-issued pistol unloaded into the women's jail on Bosley Avenue, and by donning an inmate's shorts over her uniform trousers when she was upset and questioning inmates about the incident despite orders to the contrary. She said male officers have broken similar rules without being fired.

PAL Recreation Center moving to former testing lab


COCKEYSVILLE -- The county Department of Recreation and Parks is preparing to move the Police Athletic League Recreation Center from Cockeysville Middle School to the site of the former county test laboratory on Galloway Avenue, near the Cockeysville library.

The new recreation center, expected to be finished early next month, will offer games, arts and crafts, a homework club, a sports club and peer helper group. It is a joint project of the recreation department and the county police for youngsters ages 7 to 17.

The materials testing lab, a division of the county Department of Public Works, has been closed. For information on the new PAL center, call 887-7734.

Hearing set for Thursday on Reisterstown duplexes


REISTERSTOWN -- A public hearing on plans for a 66-unit development of back-to-back duplexes just off Reisterstown's historic Main Street is scheduled for Thursday.

A county hearing officer will resume his review of plans for Goldsborough Manor, a development of "neotraditional" houses. In June, hearing officer Lawrence E. Schmidt delayed approval for the project, instead ordering county planners to issue a report on whether the project is compatible with nearby homes and businesses.

Under recommendations issued this month by the planning office, the project likely would have to be scaled back. Thursday's hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Room 118 of the old county courthouse in Towson.

Two city firefighters suffered minor injuries early yesterday while fighting a four-alarm fire in West Patapsco Industrial Park in Southwest Baltimore, a Fire Department spokesman said.

The fire originated in several shipping containers being used for storage at the inland industrial park in the 600 block of W. Patapsco Ave., said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, the spokesman. Firefighters arrived at 12: 40 a.m. and declared the fire under control at 2: 10 p.m.

Investigators spent yesterday surveying the scene but have yet to determine the cause of the fire.

Del. team wins Little Italy annual boccie tournament

A team from New Castle, Del. -- New Castle Team 2 -- won the second annual St. Gabriel's Open Bocce Tournament on Sunday, Joe Scalia of Baltimore's Little Italy reported yesterday.

Scalia's "Dream Team" was eliminated during the third round of competition because of infighting. "Two of our team members were arguing," Scalia said. "It made it difficult to play. I mean, how can you concentrate on winning when you can't get along with your partner?"

The New Castle team defeated five other teams from Little Italy and Pennsylvania to win the $1,000 grand prize.

Police seek gunman who fatally shot youth, 16

Police searched yesterday for a gunman who fatally shot a 16-year-old boy Sunday night in East Baltimore.

Damien Dean Turner of the 1200 block of E. Eager St. was standing at Bond and Biddle streets about 9 p.m. when a man came up to him and shot him several times, said Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman.

Pub Date: 8/27/96

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