TOWSON -- Anyone younger than age 18...


TOWSON -- Anyone younger than age 18 no longer will be able to get a legal tattoo in Baltimore County without parental permission, under a law approved last night by the Baltimore County Council.

A violation of the legislation, which takes effect in 45 days, carries a maximum fine of $500 and 90 days in jail.

The bill, introduced by 5th District Democrat Vincent J. Gardina, was prompted by complaints from parents and community groups. State legislators have promised to push for a similar law statewide.

Fire in school stairwell is under investigation


WOODLAWN -- Baltimore County fire investigators did not know yesterday what caused an afternoon blaze in a stairwell that forced evacuation of Woodlawn High School but caused no injuries.

Several large gym mats piled at the bottom of a stairwell near the boys' locker room burned about 1: 50 p.m., said attalion Chief Mark Hubbard, a Fire Department spokesman. Heavy smoke filled the school, and the stairwell was damaged by smoke and flames, he said.

Parkville-Carney library closed for flood repairs


PARKVILLE -- The Parkville-Carney library branch will be closed this week because of flooding from Sunday's wind-driven rains.

Grace Jonke, branch manager, said 5 to 6 inches of water was on the flat roof when she arrived yesterday. Although damage to books was slight, carpeting and lighting fixtures were drenched, Jonke said.

Roofers are working to fix the building's leaky roof, which was due for replacement, she said.

Construction began yesterday on a radio tower in Northwest Baltimore, the first step toward a $38 million communications system that will link the city's public safety and other agencies when it is completed in late 1997.

The 800 megahertz system will include the tower -- which will be next to Northwestern District police station in the 5200 block of Reisterstown Road -- and a communications center at Abel Wolman Municipal Building on Holliday Street downtown.

The police and fire departments operate on different radio systems. The new system will make it easier for the agencies to communicate with each other.

Students prepare packages for homeless

Students at the Catholic Community School of South Baltimore are creating Christmas packages for the homeless, filling shoe boxes with cans of food and drink and decorating them with wrapping paper and a personal card.

The "Lunchbox for the Homeless" Campaign is a tradition for the school at Battery Avenue and Gittings Street. Students will deliver 150 boxes to Paul's Place soup kitchen, 1118 Ward St. in Pigtown on Dec. 17 and 175 boxes at the SS. Stephen and James Evangelical Lutheran Church's soup kitchen at Hamburg and Hanover streets Dec. 18.

Hospital needs volunteers with 4-wheel-drive vehicles

Union Memorial Hospital is seeking volunteers with four-wheel-drive vehicles to assist in transporting essential personnel to the hospital during inclement weather. Information: Andre Parker, director of security, (410) 554-2679.

Pub Date: 12/03/96

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