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County is allowed to spend 5 percent more next fiscal year

TOWSON -- The county is allowed to spend $905 million in local tax revenues, or 5 percent more than this year during the fiscal year that begins July 1, according to a county panel.

The County Council's Spending Affordability Committee approved yesterday the spending limit, which is based mainly on personal income projections for county residents.

The figures mean County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger can ask the County Council this spring for a $42.8 million increase in local spending in his proposed budget.

Man, 79, critically injured in high-rise apartment fire

TOWSON -- A man was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday after smoking materials caused a two-alarm fire in his 10th-floor apartment in the 16-story Glenmont Towers early yesterday, a fire official said.

George Maasch, 79, was flown to Shock Trauma for treatment of smoke inhalation, said Battalion Chief Mark F. Hubbard, a county Fire Department spokesman.

The fire at 1 a.m. was confined to the living room of Maasch's apartment, but prompted the evacuation of residents of the 10th, 11th and 12th floors of the tower in the 6900 block of Lachlan Circle near Towson.

Restaurant zoning approval is appealed by residents

CATONSVILLE -- Four residents have filed an appeal objecting to the zoning commissioner's approval of a Friendly's Restaurant and adjacent retail building seen as part of a revitalization of the Frederick Road commercial corridor.

The residents, who live on Egges Lane and Melrose Avenue near the proposed development, say the plan has no size and use specifications. The residents also say the zoning commissioner should have specified in his order that the parking lot serving the buildings would be unrestricted.

Developer Tom Booth wants to build a 3,800-square-foot restaurant and a 12,600-square-foot retail building on the site of three old houses at Frederick Road and Egges Lane.

In Baltimore City

14-year-old boy is charged in killing of man in Brooklyn

A 14-year-old South Baltimore boy was charged with fatally shooting a man during an argument over a female, police said yesterday.

Detective Richard Purtel said Tyrell John Taylor, whose Cherry Hill address he declined to reveal, was arrested Monday and charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the shooting of Robert Whitfield, 21, of the 3100 block of E. Monument St. Police said the shooting occurred about 11: 30 p.m. Feb. 9 during an argument over a female at Stoll and Ninth streets in Brooklyn.

Purtel said the teen, being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center, also is charged with robbing a man at gunpoint in the 2700 block of Fisk Ave. about five hours after the shooting.

Zoning Board approves live entertainment at bar

The Zoning Board unanimously approved yesterday live entertainment at Melba's Place, a bar in the 3100 block of Greenmount Ave. in Waverly. The establishment was recently opened by Matthew Bradley, whose request was granted over the protests of a group of homeowners at a packed City Hall hearing.

New Unity Baptist minister named an officer in CURE

Clergy United for the Renewal of East Baltimore (CURE) named the Rev. Johnny Golden first vice president at its monthly meeting yesterday.

Golden, of New Unity Baptist Church in the 2500 block of Polk St., moves up from second vice president of CURE, a coalition of 260 churches working to improve East Baltimore. He fills a vacancy left by the Rev. Anthony Johnson, who moved to Charlotte, N.C., last month.

Minister J. Douglas Wilson, executive secretary of CURE, said the Rev. Christina Holtsclaw of East Baltimore Deliverance Center was named second vice president.

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith to dance at Port Discovery

Native Baltimorean and actress Jada Pinkett Smith is returning home today to participate in "An African American Experience," a 4 p.m. event at Port Discovery in the Fishmarket Building on Market Street downtown.

She will dress in traditional African costume and perform and teach a dance to 70 pupils from several educational institutions. The pupils are members of the Dream Catchers, a group that helps children meet people who have achieved their dreams.

The Black History Month event is sponsored by Dream Catchers, Port Discovery, the Junior League of Baltimore, Polaroid and the Visionary Arts Museum.

Pub Date: 2/17/99

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