TOWSON -- County Council members voted unanimously...


TOWSON -- County Council members voted unanimously last night to proceed with condemnation of 25 acres on Cowenton Road to be part of a park system for the new planned community of Honeygo.

The property owner, Vincent Del Pizzo, refused the county's offer of $385,000 for the land. Although he has tried to sell the land for $1.5 million, his representatives say his first choice is to develop the property himself.

Council members also voted unanimously to condemn a 98-acre tract at Falls and Greenspring Valley roads, owned by businessman Clarence Elder. Elder refused the county's $885,000 offer, saying the land is not for sale.

Hillendale man is victim of fatal shooting


TOWSON -- Police have identified the victim of a homicide in Hillendale over the weekend.

Howard Washington Hemmings, 26, of the first block of Lynfair Court, called 911 at 1: 17 a.m. Saturday. When police and paramedics arrived, they found Hemmings in his apartment with multiple gunshot wounds in his abdominal area. He was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died at 3: 55 a.m.

An investigation is under way.

Police seek details about missing Gwynn Oak woman


TOWSON -- County police are seeking information about a 34-year-old Gwynn Oak woman missing for more than a month.

Deborah Lynn Blunt, of the 7100 block of Bexhill Road, was last heard from when she spoke on the phone to family members on May 9. She was supposed to go to work the next day, but never showed up.

Blunt, who police say has a history of drug use, was known to frequent the 3600 block of Howard Park Ave. in Baltimore. Anyone who has seen her or who has any information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Baltimore County Police at 410-887-2198.

Circuit Judge Thomas E. Noel set a $350,000 final judgment yesterday in a case against a lawyer found by a jury to have been negligent in his representation of a former client who lost a civil sexual abuse case brought by the client's stepdaughter.

Last month, a jury said attorney Michael P. May should pay the former client $500,000 for humiliation and embarrassment. Noel said $350,000 was the maximum amount allowed under the law for noneconomic damages.

Noel also affirmed the jury's decision that the client was not entitled to get back $1.1 million, the amount of a judgment, including interest and legal fees, that the stepdaughter won in a Baltimore County case seven years ago.

Hispanic community center gets new executive director

Haydee M. Rodriguez, who had been Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's liaison to the Hispanic community for six years, began serving June 1 as executive director of Centro de la Comunidad, a community center serving the city's Hispanics.

Centro de la Comunidad, at 2720 Pulaski Highway in East Baltimore, offers bilingual services to Hispanic families and assistance with employment, citizenship, health and housing.

Man charged with murder in city worker's death

A West Baltimore man was charged early yesterday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a city worker outside his mother's home Saturday night, police said.

Aaron James "Ernie Pernie" Watkins, 29, of the 2700 block of Riggs Ave. was also charged with attempted murder and was being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.

Police said Tyrone Johnson, 45, of the 2700 block of Rayner Ave., a Department of Public Works employee, was shot in the head as he was about to enter his mother's house in the 1500 block of N. Stricker St. Police said the gunman was shooting at a man in the 1300 block of N. Stricker St., who was hit in the leg.

Pub Date: 6/16/98

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