HYDES -- Police were seeking a woman...


HYDES -- Police were seeking a woman who abandoned a week-old baby on the steps of a church yesterday evening.

Police said a motorist driving past St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in the 13300 block of Long Green Pike in Hydes about 5 p.m. saw a woman place a bundle on the steps and walk away.

The motorist got out of his car, walked to the steps and found a baby girl wrapped in blankets, police said. They said he drove the baby to St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, where she was reported in good condition last night.

Police prom-night effort on drinking nets 25 arrests


TOWSON -- An effort to reduce prom-night drinking netted 25 arrests during the weekend, county police said, as undercover officers visited 22 liquor establishments and arrested 19 people over age 18 and six minors.

Seven false identification cards were seized, along with the driver's licenses of those who had the falsified identification, police said.

Police chose the weekend for the crackdown, called RAAM (Reducing Alcohol Availability to Minors) because many high schools held proms.

Developers pull back project at Green Spring Station


BROOKLANDVILLE -- The developers of a proposed office complex at Green Spring Station have temporarily withdrawn their project from the county review process, saying they need more time to prepare their plan.

Developer Howard Brown and William Hirshfeld, owner of the Greenspring Racquet Club, want to build two office buildings and a three-story parking garage on the site of the club. They had planned to ask county officials for permission to apply for building permits, skipping public input meetings and a development plan hearing.

Lawyer Jules Lichter, who represents Brown, said he expects the project to be resubmitted soon.


Task force on Ritalin will hold public hearing


PIKESVILLE -- Sparked by concern over the growing number of schoolchildren being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a state task force is seeking information from parents, teachers and doctors.

A public hearing will be held at 6: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the Pikesville Public Library, 1301 Reisterstown Road.

The 19-member Governor's Task Force to Study the Uses of Methylphenidate (Ritalin) and Other Drugs on School Children has held hearings throughout the state. The group is addressing the prevalence of prescribing Ritalin to treat the disorder, who prescribes it and why. Later, the task force will convene a statewide conference.

Very Special Arts Festival scheduled at Oregon Ridge


COCKEYSVILLE -- The county school system's special education department will sponsor the 16th annual Very Special Arts Festival tomorrow at Oregon Ridge Park.

More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in the festival, which provides an opportunity for students with and without disabilities to showcase their artistic abilities.

The festival will include venues for arts and crafts, performing arts and motor activities. In case of rain, the festival will be held Friday.

A malfunctioning air conditioner sent smoke through a Southwest Baltimore nursing home yesterday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of more than 100 residents, a Fire Department spokesman said.

No injuries were reported in the incident at 12: 30 p.m., the spokesman said. He said most of the third and fourth floors of the Caton Manor Nursing Home, in the 3300 block of Caton Ave., had to be evacuated.

Skeletal remains found by passer-by near rail tracks

A passer-by found the skeletal remains of a human body yesterday morning near Amtrak railroad tracks on Beryl Avenue in East Baltimore, police said.

Investigators said they were awaiting autopsy results to determine an age, sex and possible identification of the body, and possible cause of death.

Police said a person walking about 10 a.m. in the 2700 block of Beryl Ave., three blocks west of Frank C. Bocek Park, found the remains under a bush.

Pub Date: 5/19/98

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