EPA awards $500,000 for cleanup of brownfield areas
TOWSON -- Baltimore County has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set up revolving loan to fund brownfield cleanups. The fund will provide businesses with low-interest loans for the cleanup and redevelopment of properties with environmental contamination.
"With these funds, Baltimore County furthers its commitment to helping businesses clean up and redevelop brownfields sites," Robert L. Hannon, executive director of the county's Department of Economic Development, said yesterday. Coupled with the county's brownfields tax credits and its EPA brownfields assessment grant, "these loans pave the way for smart redevelopment of land in prime commercial and industrial locations," he said.
Woman attacked at home by intruder dies
TOWSON -- An 80-year-old woman who was attacked in her home by an intruder this month died Monday, and police said the man accused of attacking her could face additional charges.
Dorothy Cherry of the 100 block of Melrose Ave. in Catonsville was found unconscious on the floor of her home by her daughter May 7. She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she died. A kitchen door had been pried open.
On May 21, police charged Braderick Thomas Greene of the first block of Winters Lane with attempted first-degree murder and breaking and entering. He is in custody at the Baltimore County Detention Center and could face additional charges if the state medical examiner's office determines that Cherry's death was a homicide, police said.
GED graduation planned at Loch Raven High School
TOWSON -- A graduation ceremony will be held tomorrow at Loch Raven High School for high school graduates with a General Educational Development certificate.
Co-sponsored by Community College of Baltimore County and Baltimore County public schools, the ceremony is scheduled for 7: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. at the school, in the 1200 block of Cowpens Ave. Students who earned their degrees through the GED program, the External Diploma Program or the county schools evening credit program are eligible to participate.
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NAACP mentoring program to hold awards ceremony
The Mentoring Program of the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold an awards ceremony for about 40 participants at 6 p.m. today at the Dunbar Middle School library, 500 N. Caroline St.
The students will receive certificates indicating that they took part in the mentoring program this school year. Sponsored by the civil rights group, the program pairs adults with youths to help them with school work and behavioral problems.
Information: Pamela Rice, 410-962-3783.
City Council to discuss plan to close fire stations
The City Council will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. today to discuss Mayor Martin O'Malley's proposal to close seven fire stations and use the savings to increase ambulance service.
City fire unions and some council members have criticized the plan, saying the closings are concentrated in poor areas and could jeopardize public safety.
The mayor's plan, based on a review by the Greater Baltimore Committee and endorsed by the Fire Department, says the city needs to reallocate its resources to reduce ambulance response time to medical emergencies. The plan also notes that calls to the department are overwhelmingly medical calls and not for fires.
City man, 54, charged with murder in shooting
A Northeast Baltimore man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a man Monday during an argument in the 2700 block of Fenwick Ave., police reported yesterday.
Fred Douglas Talbert, 54, of the 2800 block of Harford Road was arrested at the scene, where officers retrieved a shotgun they believe was used in the shooting. He was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.
Ricky Cox, 40, of the Fenwick Avenue address was killed by a single shot, said Detective Chris Graul.