The price of a school lunch will...


The price of a school lunch will go up 25 cents for city public school students this school year, but students who get free and reduced lunches will not be affected, school officials said yesterday.

The price increase -- the first in 15 years -- will mean elementary school students pay $1.25 for a lunch and middle and high school students $1.50, officials said.

The cost for a reduced price lunch will remain at 40 cents, officials said.

West Baltimore man charged in killing Sunday in Brooklyn

A 21-year-old man was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting Sunday night of another man during an argument in a house in Brooklyn, police said.

They said Jermaine Jones was arrested about 2: 30 p.m. at home in the 2800 block of Belmont Ave. in West Baltimore by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Jones was questioned by police and was to be taken to the Central Booking and Intake Center for a bail hearing.

Police said Larry Williams, 22, of the 4100 block of Hyden Court was shot in the chest at his house about 8: 30 p.m.

Officers hand out coupons to youths for good deeds

Police officers, typically known for the handguns and ticket books they carry, have another way to encourage civility: free drink coupons for children who perform good deeds.

The 7-Eleven convenience store chain handed out coupons for free 12-ounce Slurpees to officers yesterday at an outlet store in the 2900 block of Harford Road. About 2,500 coupons will be distributed to officers in the city's nine police districts, and can be redeemed at any 7-Eleven.

This is the second year the chain is sponsoring Operation Chill in Baltimore. Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier praised the program, "which rewards young people for their random acts of kindness and good judgment."

Clerk candidates to address courthouse employees

Members of the union for Baltimore Circuit Courthouse employees will hold a forum today to hear from candidates vying to be their new boss.

Robert J. Ignatowski, union president, said six of the nine candidates for the post of Clerk of the Circuit Court are expected to attend. Each candidate has been asked to respond to three questions outlining his positions on courthouse management and employee policies. Each will have 10 minutes to speak.

The forum, which is limited to courthouse employees and invited guests, will be held at 5 p.m. in Room 220 at the Mitchell Courthouse, 100 N. Calvert St.

ROSEDALE -- A flatbed tractor-trailer overturned yesterday on the outer loop of Interstate 695, temporarily slowing traffic south of Diamond Point Road, Maryland State Police said.

The driver of the truck, Bruce Mumav of Indiana, Pa., was not hurt, police said. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, which occurred about 1 p.m.

"We've had numerous accidents there with tractor-trailers," said Cpl. William T. Boniarski of the Golden Ring barracks, which is investigating the mishap. The Beltway curves sharply at Diamond Point Road, he said, and truck drivers sometimes take it too fast and lose control.

Streetscape project under way in Catonsville


CATONSVILLE -- The $2.1 million streetscape project in Catonsville's business district -- postponed for months -- is under way along Frederick Road.

Workers began Sunday night to relocate utility poles along the four blocks of Frederick Road, from Bishops Lane west to Sanford Avenue, said 1st District Councilman Stephen G. Sam Moxley, a Catonsville Democrat.

Some shop owners had balked over proposed sidewalk renovations that include new benches and light fixtures because they feared the renovations would slow business. More construction on sidewalks is expected to begin in October. The Catonsville streetscape is one of several efforts to renovate business districts in older communities such as Pikesville, Essex and Randallstown.

Pub Date: 8/18/98

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