ANNAPOLIS -- Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in...


ANNAPOLIS -- Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills will be the site of 7,274 additional gravesites under a contract awarded yesterday by the state Board of Public Works.

The board awarded a $546,995 contract to Cossentino Construction Inc. of Baltimore to provide the additional gravesites at the cemetery in the 11000 block of Garrison Forest Road. The firm was the lowest of seven bidders.

The 91-acre cemetery has 17,756 gravesites and conducts more than 1,300 burials each year, making it among the busiest state veterans cemeteries the nation, Maryland officials said.

Two pit bulls stolen from back yard of home


WOODLAWN -- Two pit bulls valued at $400 each were stolen from a back yard Monday night, county police said yesterday.

The dogs, both tied with a chain to a tree, were reported missing by their owner, Williard Watson of the 4000 block of Buckingham Road, according to police reports. The dogs, named Gator and Redman, are reddish brown in color, police said.

Both dogs have been vaccinated for rabies, police said. Police had no suspects.

Middle school students to be honored for board game


TIMONIUM -- The all-girl engineering team from Pine Grove Middle School will be honored today at the First Annual Regional Manufacturing Institute's Challenge Awards Reception at the Holiday Inn Select.

The team created, designed and manufactured a board game called "Femme," which challenges players' knowledge of the feminine mystique. The entry captured first place in the state engineering competition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry in the categories of originality, workmanship, design graphics and quality of presentation.

The team includes Jennifer Mooney, Courtney Schultz, Julia Horodowicz, Hanna Badalov and Krysta Mrowca, as well as technology education teachers Jim Cooney and Bill Hermann.

In a rare reversal, Council President Lawrence A. Bell III and Comptroller Joan M. Pratt rejected yesterday a contract award a week after they approved it as members of the Board of Estimates.

Bell's and Pratt's reversals were an unsuccessful attempt to stop a five-year contract at $435,000 a year for Centre Management to manage the aging Baltimore Arena. The mayor, who supports the contract, controls three votes on the five-member Board of Estimates.

The two objected because they said Centre Management has a conflict of interest -- the firm's properties include professional basketball and hockey teams in Washington, and Baltimore is trying to get a National Basketball Association franchise.

Police seek suspect, motive in slaying

Police said yesterday they have no suspect and know of no motive for the slaying of a man in West Baltimore on Tuesday.

Detective Scott Serio said Leroy Jones, 25, of the 3300 block of Bloomingdale Road, was working on his car in front of a friend's house in the the 2000 block of Hollins St. about 11 p.m. Tuesday and stopped to talk to a man. During the conversation, the man pulled a handgun and shot Jones once in the head and fled, Serio said.

He said Jones died at 12: 10 a.m. yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Line malfunction cuts power in West Baltimore

A Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. feeder line in West Baltimore malfunctioned last night, knocking out power to 2,389 homes and businesses for about four hours, a BGE spokeswoman said.

Angela Walters said power went out at 8: 16 p.m. when a feeder line that serves communities along Reisterstown Road and Liberty Heights Avenue malfunctioned.

BGE repair crews restored power to 90 percent of the customers by midnight, and the remaining customers -- several businesses in an industrial park -- were to have electricity restored by 1 a.m., she said. The cause of the malfunction was not known.

Pub Date: 6/11/98

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