CATONSVILLE -- Operators of a proposed private...


CATONSVILLE -- Operators of a proposed private methadone clinic in Catonsville lost an attempt in federal court yesterdayto get an injunction to stop county government from interfering with its opening.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake, in Baltimore, granted the county's motion to dismiss the $6 million suit on a procedural technicality. The ruling can be appealed.

The county has blocked the opening of that clinic and several others pending enactment of a comprehensive new zoning law covering methadone clinics. Operators of Jacob's Ladder filed their suit in January, claiming the county is violating the Americans With Disabilities Act, but they never had a county zoning hearing before going to court.

Proposal for waste removal would help conserve landfill


TOWSON -- As part of its effort to conserve the county's landfill, the County Council is to vote tonight on a contract with Waste Management of Pennsylvania to continue transferring and disposing of residential and commercial refuse.

Fred Homan, budget director, said the $7 million, eight-year agreement would allow the county to dump as little as 100 tons of refuse a day in the landfill.

The first agreement in 1995 allowed the county to dispose of waste for less than $34 a ton, while the new agreement would allow disposal of up to 240,000 tons per year for $32 a ton this year.

Police issue warrant for man charging him in rape, assault


TOWSON -- A warrant has been issued for a man accused of first-degree rape and assault, county police said yesterday.

Mark Anthony Cobrand, 31, of the first block of Guildhall Court near Rolling Road is charged in a assault that took place Monday, police said. A 19-year-old woman was taken to a motel in the 6400 block of the Baltimore National Pike, pressured for sex and raped, police said.

Cobrand uses several aliases, police said. He is described as black, 5 feet 5-inches tall, of medium build and clean-shaven. Police said he sometimes drives a Toyota Cressida with license plate 797 BCK, and frequents the 3700 block of Reisterstown Road. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 410-887-2198.

The Filipino American Association of Upper Chesapeake Inc. will celebrate the centennial of the Philippines' independence from Spain beginning at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Baltimore Convention Center. The event will feature arts, crafts, music and a dinner-dance, for which tickets are $40 per person, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The celebration continues Sunday with a 10: 30 a.m. Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption, 408 N. Charles St., and a fiesta from noon to 7 p.m. outside the Towson Court House.

Man dies after falling into harbor off Fells Point

A man died yesterday when he fell into the harbor off Fells Point, and a businessman rescued the victim's girlfriend when she jumped in to try to save him, police and witnesses said.

Police said Timothy Leadman, 32, and his girlfriend, Rosalie Via, 51, both of the 200 block of S. Stricker St., had been drinking on embankment in the 1700 block of Thames St. when the man apparently fell five feet into the water about 4 p.m. John Gilchrest said he heard cries for help and pulled the woman to safety.

Firefighters and police pulled the man to shore, but said he was pronounced dead in an ambulance before it reached Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Union Square group to hold forum on Mencken House

The Union Square Association is sponsoring a public forum to discuss options for using the H. L. Mencken House at 1524 Hollins St., formerly part of the Baltimore City Life Museums. The meeting will be held at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at the Neighborhood Design Center, 1401 Hollins St. Information: 410-545-6649.

Pub Date: 6/12/98

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