TOWSON -- With yesterday's approval of a...


TOWSON -- With yesterday's approval of a liquor license transfer, owners of the Melting Pot restaurant are moving forward with plans for a 172-seat fondue restaurant in the 400 block of York Road.

Jeffrey L. Nichols and John N. Fox, who have operated a similar restaurant in Wilmington, Del., for four years, hope to open the dinner-only restaurant this summer. They plan to spend more than $300,000 on renovations and hire about 50 employees.

The franchise restaurant will be located in space vacated by Flutie Garcia, a Mexican restaurant that went bankrupt two years ago.

Ocean City police arrest man on attempted murder charge


OCEAN CITY -- A Frederick man charged in Baltimore County with attempted murder and theft was arrested on Coastal Highway during the weekend, police said.

Baltimore County police had issued a warrant last month accusing Donald Carroll Stepp, 31, whose last known address was the 600 block of Stonegate Road, of 30 counts of credit card fraud and one count of attempted murder. He was arrested Saturday after a stolen credit card was presented at a variety store, said Officer Jay Hancock of the Ocean City Police Department. Stepp is being held in Worcester County Jail on bail set at $75,000, Hancock said.

School board meetings revised for May and June


TOWSON -- The county school board has revised its meeting schedule for May and June.

The board has eliminated a meeting scheduled for May 5 and added a meeting in June. The board's remaining meetings for this school year are tonight, April 21, May 19, June 16 and June 30.

Cedonia Park playground to be considered at meeting


ROSEDALE -- A public meeting about the possible construction of a playground for toddlers at Cedonia Park in Holland Hills will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

The meeting will be in the gymnasium of Rosedale Activity Center at 8200 Old Philadelphia Road. Information: Joe D'Adamo, 410-887-0294.

A 90-year-old man, one of three family members stabbed in their Northeast Baltimore home March 7, has died, and charges against his alleged attacker -- his grandson -- have been upgraded to first-degree murder, police said yesterday.

William J. Ferrell Sr. was pronounced dead at 6: 20 p.m. Sunday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Yesterday, at Sinai Hospital, his 85-year-old wife, Leana C. Ferrell, was in serious condition and his granddaughter, Lori Sue Wilson, 38, in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Damon Wilson, 19, Ferrell's grandson, was arrested March 7 at the family's home in the 3400 block of Copley Road, police said. They said Wilson, who is also charged with two counts of attempted murder, had been arguing with his family about money.

Writers to hold workshops, readings at Morgan State

Three visiting writers will give readings and conduct workshops beginning today during a four-day literary event at Morgan State University.

Featured writers are: John Edgar Wideman, novelist and essayist, whose most recent work is "The Cattle Killing"; Helen Lee, author of "The Serpent's Gift," a well-received first novel; and Kevin Young, author of an award-winning poetry collection, "Most Way Home."

The trio will conduct writers' workshops at 2 p.m. today and Thursday in Holmes Hall, Room 114. They also will read from their works at 7: 30 p.m. Friday in Jenkins Hall, Room 104. The three events, on the north campus, are open to the public.

Pub Date: 3/24/98

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