In Baltimore County
State panel expected to approve $1 million to buy farm for park
CHASE -- The state Board of Public Works is expected to approve today a grant of $1 million to help pay for an 84-acre farm that will be turned into a park serving the eastern area of Baltimore County.
Altenburg Farm, next to Chase Elementary School, would link several parks, including Dundee and Saltpeter parks and portions of Gunpowder Falls State Park.
The county plans to build 12 athletic fields on the property, which it acquired last year for $1.35 million.
Crews stop poison leaking from truck toward drain
RELAY -- A leaking tractor-trailer spilled several gallons of a mildly poisonous material yesterday in the 5100 block of Washington Blvd., drawing the county's hazardous materials team and the state Department of the Environment, fire officials said.
The spill was cleaned up 2 1/2 hours after the call at 7: 24 a.m. and before the material, which was not further identified, reached storm drains, said Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard, a county Fire Department spokesman. The truck, owned by USF Red Star Inc. of Arbutus, had been parked for some time, he said.
"When we first got there, a sign on the truck was labeled corrosive and poisonous," Hubbard said. "That's what caused us to be especially cautious, but they found out later that it was not extremely toxic."
Man flees burning home, suffers smoke inhalation
NORTH POINT -- A 37-year-old man was treated for smoke inhalation at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center yesterday after escaping from his burning home in the 1700 block of Leslie Road. The fire caused a neighborhood evacuation, police said.
About 11: 24 a.m., police said they responded to a call for a possible overdose. When officers knocked on the door, they heard a popping sound and saw smoke and flames coming from the house, a police spokeswoman said.
Police said the man ran out the back door with his pet snake. The man, whose name was not released, was treated and given an emergency evaluation at the hospital. No charges have been filed. The fire caused extensive damage to the house.
In Baltimore City
16-year-old boy charged in fatal shooting of cabbie
A 16-year-old boy was arrested by homicide detectives in the 3000 block of Fairview Ave. in Northwest Baltimore yesterday in the death of a Diamond Cab Co. driver, who was shot during an attempted robbery Sept. 7 and died two days later, police said.
John Dave Flowers of the 3100 block of Brightwood Ave. was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and was awaiting a bail review last night at the Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.
Cabdriver Robert M. Young, 32, of the 700 block of E. 34th St. was shot in the head in the 3000 block of Howard Park Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.
Clothing store employee shot during robbery attempt
An employee at a North Baltimore clothing store was shot in the arm yesterday when he tried to fend off a robbery attempt with the store owner's .38-caliber revolver.
Chang Ho Park, 42, was working at Magic Men's Wear in the 3200 block of Greenmount Ave. in Waverly about 11 a.m. when an armed man tried to rob the store, said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman.
Park took his boss' weapon from under the counter and was shot in an arm during an exchange of fire with the gunman, who escaped, Cook-Hayes said. Park was in fair condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Glendening says relations with city should improve
Gov. Parris N. Glendening endorsed Democratic mayoral nominee Martin O'Malley at a fund-raiser in a Little Italy restaurant yesterday and said he looked forward to revitalizing the relationship between the state and city.
Glendening's relationship with Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke soured over the past few years over disagreements on issues such as education and allowing slot machines. "Just the ability to pick up the phone and say, 'What do you think about this appointment?' or 'Should we move in this direction?' is going to be very, very significant," Glendening said.
O'Malley faces Republican David F. Tufaro in the Nov. 2. general election.
Police ask for information to help find man's killer
Police are seeking the public's help to solve the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man in the doorway of his East Baltimore home Monday afternoon.
Jermaine Allen of the 1800 block of Chester St. was shot several times in the upper body, said homicide Detective Albert Marcus. A friend was upstairs at the time, but "she didn't see anything," Marcus said.
Others saw a man fleeing after the shooting, Marcus said. Anyone with information should call Marcus at 410-396-2100.