In Baltimore City
State approves 10-year lease for DOE at former Ward site
The Maryland Department of the Environment will rent office space in the former Montgomery Ward warehouse in Southwest Baltimore under a 10-year lease approved yesterday by the state Board of Public Works.
The department and its 900 employees will occupy about 20 percent of the eight-story building and will become its first tenants. The agency will relocate from Point Breeze Business Center on Broening Highway in Southeast Baltimore.
The lease, effective Oct. 15, 2001, will cost $3.6 million a year. The state is paying $13.75 a square foot annually for 262,300 square feet of space in the building, officials say. Developers Samuel K. Himmelrich Jr. and David F. Tufaro say they plan to turn the complex into one of the region's largest office and high-tech employment centers.
Police won't make trade for higher-powered guns
Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris has decided against replacing his officers' 9 mm handguns with more powerful .40-caliber pistols, despite a recommendation from his training supervisor that a switch be made.
Glock, the Atlanta-based firearms company, had offered to replace for free the semiautomatics carried by the city's 3,200 officers if the 9 mm guns were returned. Norris said he would do that only if Glock agreed to resell the weapons overseas. He said it could not give that assurance.
"I do not want Baltimore police guns showing up on Baltimore streets," Norris said. Police officials believe higher-powered guns can halt a threatening suspect more quickly and with less risk to bystanders.
Police search for woman in connection with killing
Police are looking for a woman who was seen running from a car in West Baltimore in which a man was found fatally shot Tuesday night.
Michael Lee, 34, of the 2400 block of Dunfries Court in Northwest Baltimore was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 6:51 p.m., about 20 minutes after he was found in the 800 block of Vine St. Police said Lee was shot twice in the chest.
Witnesses told detectives that they saw a woman running from the scene. Investigators had no motive or suspects yesterday.
Mercy Medical is holding picnics in park Fridays
Mercy Medical Center, with other local businesses, has launched picnic lunches as part of a continuing effort to revitalize Preston Gardens. The "Picnics in the Park" series started last week, and others are planned for tomorrow, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13.
Food will be available at Preston Gardens, across from Mercy on St. Paul Place. Each picnic will include entertainment.
In Baltimore County
Items to be offered for sale at police auction Saturday
TOWSON - Sporting goods, power tools, jewelry and toys are among the items that will be offered for sale Saturday at the Baltimore County Police Department's annual auction.
The sale features items that have been confiscated, stolen or abandoned. It begins at 10 a.m. - items can be previewed beginning at 9 a.m. - at the Public Safety Building, 700 E. Joppa Road.
The bidding will end when all items are sold. Sales will be cash only. Free parking will be available.
Senior volunteers needed to help truant children
TOWSON - The Baltimore County Department of Aging is seeking senior citizens interested in volunteering for Project Attend, a program to help chronic truants improve school attendance.
Volunteers are assigned to a school and make daily calls to staff members to check that students in the program are in class. They also make follow-up calls to parents to check on absences. The commitment can be from 10 minutes to a half hour each day.
Information: Kim McFadden at the Department of Aging between noon and 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 410-887-2059.
Notre Dame Preparatory names board of trustees
TOWSON - Notre Dame Preparatory School, a Catholic independent school for girls, has named new members of its board of trustees.
They are: Dr. Mark Lamos of Hunt Valley; Sister Margaret Ellen Mahoney of Baltimore, director of graduate studies at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland; Jennifer McManus of Baltimore, project manager at G1440 Inc.; Cecile K. Perich of Reisterstown, vice president for human relations at McCormick & Co.; Sister Irene Mary Pryle, Baltimore, principal of Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke's School in Dundalk; and Sister Judith Schaum, Baldwin, provincial council representative for the School Sisters of Notre Dame.