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Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is to officiate...


Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is to officiate at today's 3 p.m. opening of two key elements of the newly renovated Cherry Hill shopping center -- a branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and a Neighborhood Service Center office.

In an unusual commercial development by a nonprofit organization, Catholic Charities has raised $5.5 million to renovate the old shopping center, renamed Cherry Hill Town Center.

The town center's Super Pride market and several of its 15 retailers are open for business. The official dedication for the complex is set for Saturday.

Mayor's son arrested in video rental dispute

The son of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was arrested on Route 29 in Howard County yesterday on charges he failed to return two rented videos in 1995.

Gregory J. Schmoke, 27, of Baltimore was stopped about 3:30 a.m. for a minor traffic violation when police discovered an outstanding arrest warrant issued in a dispute with a Dundalk video rental store, Howard police said.

Gregory Schmoke could not be reached for comment but a spokesman for his father said the missing tapes resulted from a misunderstanding and could have been lost in a fire that destroyed Gregory Schmoke's home in late 1995. Gregory Schmoke did not appear for a February 1996 court hearing and a judge issued an arrest warrant, according to court records. He was released on his own recognizance.

Officer arrests armed man shortly after shooting

A police officer driving near Carroll Park yesterday heard a gunshot and then confronted an armed man moments after another man had been shot in the groin, a police spokesman said.

Southern District Officer Brandon Justice was driving in the 2000 block of Eagle St. about 3 p.m. when a man armed with a 9 mm Beretta semiautomatic handgun ran in front of his cruiser, said the spokesman, Sgt. Scott Rowe.

Rowe said Justice got out of his patrol car, drew his handgun and ordered the armed man to surrender. The suspect complied and was arrested, Rowe said. The wounded man was treated last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The suspect was being questioned.

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, Towson University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County announced yesterday they are beginning a four-year scholarship program for this year's high school seniors.

The program will provide financial support for room, board and in-state tuition to Towson and UMBC. Two four-year scholarships -- each worth about $40,000 -- will be awarded to Baltimore County public high school students.

Students must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average and combined SAT scores of at least 1,360, and their college applications must be postmarked by Dec. 15. Information: 410-455-3313 at UMBC or 410-830-3333 at Towson.

Free asthma fair planned at middle school today


ESSEX -- A free asthma fair will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Deep Creek Middle School to give students and families an opportunity to learn about the causes of and treatments for a condition that affects one in 10 school-age children.

The fair -- open to students and families from Deep Creek Middle and Sandalwood Elementary schools -- will include information from doctors and nurses about controlling asthma symptoms, lung testing and testing for allergies to animals, dust mites and other allergens.

The fair is sponsored by the two schools, the county Health Department, the school system's Office of Health Services and Franklin Square Hospital. T-shirts and other prizes will be given away.

Pub Date: 12/03/98

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