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Highlandtown plant fined for storing hazardous waste

The Maryland Attorney General's Office has fined a Baltimore electroplating company $50,000 for violating the state's hazardous waste and water pollution laws.

A September 1997 inspection of A-1 Plating, 311 South Haven St. in Highlandtown, revealed that the company stored several forms of hazardous waste, including zinc cyanide sludge, at the plant without a permit, Attorney General J. Joseph Curran said

Some of the waste, which company officials said has been stored there since 1993, had leaked into nearby sanitary sewer lines, according to Curran. The fines will paid to the Maryland Hazardous Substance Control Fund.

Man, 32, shot and killed two blocks from his home

A 32-year-old Govans man was killed early yesterday morning after being shot multiple times in the head two blocks from his home, said police.

Police found the body of Eric Townes, of the 5000 block of Govane Ave., face down around 3 a.m. in the 500 block of Winston Ave.

Police are investigating.

Police major is named Northeastern commander

Michael P. Tomczak -- a 41-year-old Baltimore police major who has worked in a variety of departments over the past 20 years -- has been named the new commander of the Northeastern District.

Tomczak, who has worked patrol, criminal intelligence and homicide, replaces Maj. Arthur Smith, who is leaving city service to become chief of the Hagerstown Police Department. The Northeastern District covers 16 square miles and includes 19 city schools, the city's water-treatment plant and Morgan State University.

In Baltimore County

Shady Spring pupil's poem wins Comcast competition

TOWSON -- A fifth-grade pupil at Shady Spring Elementary School has won a $1,000 scholarship from Comcast Cablevision for a poem he wrote about his favorite teacher, Yvonne Luken.

"Mrs. Luken is great because she makes learning exciting, cares for all of her kids, and is tough and takes no stuff," wrote Ryan Phillips, 10.

Ryan may use the money for any educational endeavor. Shady Spring Elementary received a matching gift of $1,000.

Luncheon to recognize efforts against drug abuse

TOWSON -- The county Department of Public Health will hold the 11th Annual Baltimore County Substance Abuse Recognition Luncheon Thursday, in recognition of 500 students, teachers, police and religious leaders.

The event, to start at noon, will be held at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson. This year's theme will be: "We Support Baltimore County Youth."

Baltimore County students will perform music and dance programs at the luncheon. Information: 410-887-3828.

Randallstown woman named to human relations panel

TOWSON -- Penny L. McCrimmon, a Randallstown community activist, has been appointed to the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission by County Councilman Kevin B. Kamenetz, a Democrat who represents Pikesville and the Liberty Road corridor.

The commission investigates complaints about discrimination in housing, education, employment and public accommodations.

The post is unpaid.

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