MIDDLE RIVER -- The county's fireboat has...

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MIDDLE RIVER -- The county's fireboat has been moved to Strawberry Point -- the tip of a peninsula on Middle River -- from a private marina in Bowleys Quarters and will be shared with police who operate from facilities there.

The 25-foot Boston whaler was moved last week. Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard said the vessel will be used mainly by police officers and paramedics.

When needed for rare fire calls, he said, firefighters from the Chase station will operate the boat's firefighting equipment. Hubbard said the boat is needed more for law enforcement and to help injured boaters than for fire, and the new arrangement allows the best access to open water.

Maryland trooper recruits begin training class today

PIKESVILLE

PIKESVILLE -- Trooper candidates are to begin 24 weeks of intensive training today when the 109th police academy class is to report at Maryland State Police headquarters on Reisterstown Road.

The 70 recruits will receive instruction in criminal and traffic laws, firearms, investigation and police procedures, and training in physical fitness.

The class is to graduate in January.

Community meeting set on proposed regional park

OWINGS MILLS

OWINGS MILLS -- A community meeting will be held next month to discuss plans for the future Northwest Regional Park west of Owings Mills.

The county acquired the 241-acre parcel north of Lyons Mill Road last year and is considering options for the community's first park, including nature trails and ball fields on part of the land.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Owings Mills High FTC School, 124 Tollgate Road. Information: Clinton Jennifer at 410-887-0700.

Police were seeking a suspect and motive in the fatal shooting of a Northwest Baltimore man near his home Saturday.

Police said Darryle Diggs, 22, of the 3300 block of W. Garrison Ave. in Pimlico was walking in the 5000 block of Denmore Ave. -- about a block from his home -- about 3 p.m. when he was approached by several men. One pulled a handgun and fired at least six shots, hitting Diggs several times, police said.

Diggs, who fell clutching a shopping bag containing a pair of shoes, was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3: 24 p.m., police said.

Man killed, woman injured in shooting at apartment

A man was fatally shot and a woman wounded in an apartment in the 1800 block of St. Paul St. and a suspect was being sought, police said.

John Norris, 26, and Shantee Payne, 21, were shot about 2 a.m. yesterday by a man who was known to one or both of the victims, police said. Norris was shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Payne was shot in the head and face and was in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night.

Two hospitals offer free muscular dystrophy clinics

Free clinics for those with muscular dystrophy are held every Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital and every other Monday at Maryland General Hospital.

Information: 410-955-6437 about the Hopkins clinic and 410-225-8800 about the Maryland General clinic.

Pub Date: 7/21/97

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