COCKEYSVILLE -- A construction crew working near...


COCKEYSVILLE -- A construction crew working near Beaver Dam and Warren roads about 11 a.m. yesterday uncovered a box of blasting caps, and the light rail system was closed from Timonium to Hunt Valley as a precaution, officials said.

The blasting caps, used to detonate dynamite, were unstable, said Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey, and might have been left from earlier construction work in the area. The police hazardous-devices unit went to the area to detonate them safely, he said.

Light rail service was suspended between 11 a.m. and 2: 55 p.m., said Mass Transit Administration spokesman Anthony Brown, and buses were sent to the area to provide substitute service.

Police to warn residents about man who raped woman


COCKEYSVILLE -- County police will call area residents during the weekend to warn them about a man who raped one woman last month and has exposed himself to four others. The most recent incident was Monday.

A woman who lived on Cedar Tree Court was raped April 2, said police spokesman Bill Toohey. Her assailant was described as a thin, blond white male about 25 years old, between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a mustache.

That description also fits a man who has awakened four women in the early morning by knocking on their doors, and who then exposed himself to them, Toohey said. Police have increased patrols in the area, he said.

Sparrows Point High senior is 'Young Woman of Year'


TOWSON -- Rebecca Umberger, a senior at Sparrows Point High School, recently was named "Young Woman of the Year" by the Baltimore County Commission for Women.

Ranked third in her high school class with a 3.92 grade point average, Umberger has held many posts at Sparrows Point High, including president of Students Against Destructive Decisions, president of Future Business Leaders of America and treasurer of the Student Government Association.

Her community service includes volunteering at St. Rita's soup kitchen and walking to raise money for juvenile diabetes.

A 10-year-old boy and a woman sitting on the steps of a West Baltimore rowhouse were wounded early yesterday when a man shot at them for no apparent reason, city police said.

Witnesses told police that one of two men walking in the 1400 block of N. Fulton Ave. about 12: 20 a.m. turned and fired two shots at the victims without saying a word. No arrests have been made.

Douglas Wheeler, 10, sitting in front of his house, was struck in the left arm and was in stable condition yesterday at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Phillis Domneys, 35, of East Baltimore was wounded in the right knee and was in stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Two architectural panels to be combined by year's end

Two professional panels that review architectural designs of key buildings proposed for Baltimore -- from a major hotel to public housing -- will be combined by year's end, city officials said yesterday.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said the five-member Architectural Review Board, which monitors plans for buildings in the downtown business district, and the six-member Design Advisory Panel, which monitors plans for key sites outside downtown, will be merged into a citywide design-review panel.

The move is part of a city effort to streamline services, reduce duplication and save money, said Planning Department Director Charles C. Graves III. The new panel will report to Graves.

Mercy names breast center to recognize $500,000 gift

At an ecumenical service yesterday, the Breast Center at Mercy Medical Center was named for Florence B. Hoffberger and her late husband, Charles H. Hoffberger, in recognition of a $500,000 endowment from the Hoffberger Foundation.

Income from the endowment will provide for breast and cervical screening for eligible women who received free services under a statewide program that ended last year, Mercy officials said.

The gift was termed a significant contribution toward Mercy's goal of $6.25 million in donations to benefit its Center for Women's Health and Medicine.

Pub Date: 5/22/98

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