TOWSON -- County police and code enforcement...


TOWSON -- County police and code enforcement inspectors will be paying attention to unauthorized roadside flower vendors looking to make money for Mother's Day.

Raymond S. Wisnom Jr., chief of the division of code inspections and enforcement, said a squad of inspectors will patrol the county searching for flower merchants operating without permission on private property.

Police Sgt. Kevin B. Novak said patrol officers are being told to pay attention to people selling illegally in the public right of way. Violators will be asked to move on.

Parkville High senior wins oratorical competition


PARKVILLE -- Parkville High School senior Lynne Plettenberg won the 61st annual National American Legion Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis recently, defeating champions from the 49 other states, Washington, Puerto Rico, Mexico and France.

She delivered a 10-minute speech called "Bringing Our Constitution Out of Its Infancy" and gave a five-minute impromptu speech.

Plettenberg -- who will attend Rice University in the fall and major in computational mathematical analysis -- won $22,000 in scholarships for her victories at the local, district, state and national levels.

Montessori School to hold children's festival


LUTHERVILLE -- The Montessori School will sponsor an International Children's Festival, with a parade of nations and entertainment, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 10807 Tony Drive, near Falls and Greenspring Valley roads.

The free festival also will feature the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China and several pyramids -- all in miniature. The event will FTC include an international market, a silent auction, children's games and a toddler play area. Information: 410-321-8555.

An insurance company plans to donate a recovered stolen car to a regional police auto theft task force at a ceremony today to thank authorities for their help recovering stolen vehicles.

Representatives from Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. will hand the keys to a 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the Regional Auto Theft Team at Baltimore's Northwestern Police District. The "RATT squad," formed in 1995, is made up of 24 officers from Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Police said the car had been stolen last year, was recovered by the task force and will be used in undercover surveillance. Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a city police spokeswoman, said the task force was a factor in a drop in auto thefts -- which declined in the city from about 13,000 in 1994 to 8,000 last year.

Baltimore firefighter charged in man's shooting

A city firefighter was arrested early yesterday and charged with shooting another man during an argument over a minor parking mishap, police said.

Arrested at his home about 4 a.m. and charged with assault with intent to kill and a handgun violation was Moise Jenkins, 24, of the 1400 block of Lochner Road. He was suspended from duties at Engine Co. 41 on South Conkling Street pending an investigation, authorities said.

Police spokesman Robert W. Weinhold Jr. said Jenkins was backing his car from a parking space in the 900 block of Belgian Ave. about 3: 20 a.m. when he struck a car behind him occupied by neighborhood resident Gary Fuller, 36, who was shot in the head in the ensuing argument.

2 men charged in robbery of Hooters restaurant

Two men were in custody yesterday, charged with robbing an Inner Harbor restaurant of an undisclosed amount of money early Wednesday by pointing a handgun at the manager's head, police said.

Police said two men, one armed with a 9 mm Ruger semiautomatic handgun, robbed Hooters at Harborplace's Light Street Pavilion about 1 a.m., and suspects were arrested within minutes near Sharp Street. Money and a gun were recovered, police said.

Charged with armed robbery, assault and handgun possession were Anthony Couser, 22, of the 2500 block of St. Paul St. and Gomell Antonio Jenkins, 20, of the 700 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. They were being held in the Central Booking and Intake Center -- Couser without bail, and Jenkins on $100,000 bail.

Pub Date: 5/08/98

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