The Board of Estimates approved a proposal...


The Board of Estimates approved a proposal yesterday to privatize the collection of city ambulance billing fees in Baltimore.

City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III was the only member of the five-member panel to vote against the proposal. Some City Council members have tried for the past several weeks to derail the proposal because they said that the city could collect the fees for less money.

Rural/Metro Corp. of Baltimore was awarded a contract yesterday allowing the company to retain 17.5 percent of what it collects. Company officials said that it can net the city about $3.5 million a year. If the company collects that amount, it would keep $612,500.

Body found in tractor-trailer believed to be missing man

A decomposed body believed to be that of a missing trucker was found yesterday in the sleeper compartment of an Allied Van Lines tractor-trailer parked in the rear of the Baltimore Travel Plaza in the 5500 block of O'Donnell St. in Southeast Baltimore, police said.

The trucker, a black male from Texas whose identity was not available, was found in his truck by another Allied driver about 9 a.m. yesterday, police said. That driver, with other Allied employees, had been told to look for the missing man's rig, which was last seen Friday on Long Island, N.Y.

An autopsy was scheduled.

Police name man who died in fiery crash of stolen Jeep

Police have identified Toby Love Austin, 22, of the 3100 block of Westmont Ave. in Southwest Baltimore as the man who was fatally burned when the stolen Jeep he was driving early Tuesday crashed into a van and a traffic signal support pole at Poplar Grove and Baker streets and burst into flames.

Officer John Dodge of the traffic investigation section said a 17-year-old South Baltimore male, who was a passenger in the 1994 Jeep Cherokee and suffered burns, remained at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Dodge said the driver of the van, Vonzeller Dansbury, 35, a security officer for the Housing Authority of Baltimore who injured her head, back and a knee, was in stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

2,200 senior citizens expected at town meeting

More than 2,200 senior citizens are expected to attend a town meeting with Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and other city officials from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Tickets to the event -- sponsored by the city's Commission on Aging and Retirement Education -- are free and can be reserved by calling 410-664-1123. Transportation will be provided upon request.

TOWSON -- A 13-year-old boy who drowned Tuesday night at a residential swimming pool has been identified as Jonathan Niles of the 8400 block of Allenswood Road, a seventh-grader at Old Court Middle School.

Jonathan was with a half-dozen 12- and 13-year-olds at a pool in the 3700 block of Courtleigh Drive in Randallstown, said county police spokesman Bill Toohey. He showed two adults that he could swim before being allowed in the deep end of the pool, which went from 3 to 10 feet in depth, Toohey said.

"He was splashing around, and they thought he was playing," Toohey said. "He went under and didn't come back up." After resuscitation attempts, the boy was taken to Northwest Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.

County memorial for 2 wars will be dedicated Monday


TIMONIUM -- The Baltimore County World War II and Korean War Memorial will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Memorial Day at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

The memorial, in the "Circle of the Immortals" in the cemetery at 200 E. Padonia Road, will contain 25 war mementos, including water taken from directly above the USS Arizona, which sank Dec. 7, 1941, in Pearl Harbor, and earth from Seoul, South Korea.

The program will include speeches by Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., 2nd District Republican, and Lt. Gen. James Fretterd, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard. Music will be performed by the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band and Maryland Sings.

Guest speakers announced at college commencements


CATONSVILLE -- H. Mebane Turner, president of the University of Baltimore, will be guest speaker at Catonsville Community College's graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening will lead commencement exercises at Dundalk Community College at 7 p.m. June 6. Howard Simmons, director of higher education at Arizona State University, will speak at Essex Community College's graduation at 1 p.m. June 7.

All graduation ceremonies of the Community Colleges of Baltimore County will be held at the individual campuses.

Pub Date: 5/21/98

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