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In Baltimore County

Theater manager abducted at gunpoint, forced to empty safe

RANDALLSTOWN -- The manager of the Security Square Mall movie theaters was kidnapped at gunpoint early yesterday morning and forced to drive back to the mall and empty the theaters' safe, county police said yesterday.

Donny Green, 28, was kidnapped in the driveway of his home in the 9500 block of Oak Trace Way about 12: 15 a.m., said Cpl. Vickie Warehime of the Baltimore County Police Department. Two men wearing dark clothing and masks and carrying guns ordered him to drive to the mall, where they took the money from the safe before ordering him to drop them off near the mall.

The manager was unhurt, Warehime said. The amount of money taken was not disclosed.

County attorney recommends city law firm for EPA plan

TOWSON -- County Attorney Virginia Barnhart recommended yesterday that the County Council hire the Baltimore law firm of Piper & Marbury for legal work on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to place a Rosedale landfill on its list of Superfund cleanup sites.

EPA officials plan to include the 68th Street Dump/Industrial Enterprises site on the list of the nation's 1,200 worst toxic waste sites. The county owns 5 acres of the 160-acre site, which was closed by a court order 30 years ago.

Barnhart said hiring the firm at $275 an hour would help the county avoid being held liable for millions in cleanup costs. The agreement, which would pay the firm up to $35,000 over three months, is scheduled for a vote March 1.

In Baltimore City

Commissioner wins award for launching 311 number

Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier was one of three officials to win the 1998 Law Enforcement News People of the Year award for implementing the nation's first 311 nonemergency number.

The award, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, recognizes Frazier and two other officials who launched the 311 number -- Joseph Brann, director of Community Oriented Policing Services in the U.S. Department of Justice, and John Cohen, a law enforcement consultant with AT&T; Corp.

The 311 line has reduced the number of 911 calls by 35 percent, speeding emergency response time and allowing officers to devote more time to patrol duties.

Volunteers sought to help check nursing home complaints

Volunteers who want to help investigate and resolve complaints of nursing home residents are being sought for the ombudsman program operated by the Baltimore City Commission on Aging.

Volunteers will be trained during evening classes in April. To sign up, call 410-396-3144.

Officer who saved 3 lives to receive service award

Baltimore Police Officer Nicholas Louloudis, who saved the lives of three people last year, was to receive the Distinguished Service Award of the Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Inc. at a luncheon at 11 a.m. today at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers in Westminster.

Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman, said that in February 1998, Louloudis rushed a man, who had suffered life-threatening injuries in a traffic accident, to a hospital. In August and September, Louloudis prevented two men from committing suicide, Rowe said.

Pub Date: 2/24/99

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