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Clothing store owner shot during holdup; robbers flee on foot

The owner of an East Baltimore clothing store was shot yesterday by robbers who escaped on foot.

Police said two men in their 20s or early 30s entered Da Da Da Fashions at 2313 E. Monument St. at 11:30 a.m. and forced an employee into a storeroom at the rear of the shop, where they tied him up. The men were taking money from a cash register when the store's owner, Michael Mendez, 41, walked into the store and began fighting with them.

Police said one of the men shot Mendez in the right hip with a semiautomatic pistol. Mendez was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was in good condition. The employee who was forced into the storeroom, Dean James, 29, was unhurt.

Untreated sewage washed into harbor

Several thousand gallons of raw sewage emptied into the Baltimore harbor last night after spilling into an East Baltimore storm drain during heavy rain, according to the Department of Public Works.

About 8:30 p.m., between 5,000 and 10,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the roadway near Broadway and East Oliver Street, where city workers are replacing a sewer line, according to Kurt Kocher, a DPW spokesman.

About 2 1/2 inches of rain fell in the city yesterday. The runoff swept the untreated waste into storm drains, which empty into the harbor. Kocher said city officials will be monitoring the situation.

Suspect in hit-and-run surrenders to authorities

A suspect in a hit-and-run Thursday in Northeast Baltimore surrendered yesterday. James Bridge, 40, of the 1800 block of N. Collington Ave. received traffic citations accusing him of driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury.

Janae Hawkins, 12, of the 1600 block of N. Aisquith St. was standing on a sidewalk at East North and Kennedy avenues when she was struck by a car that had collided with another vehicle. The driver of the car fled on foot.

Janae was in good condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police Department sets $239,000 United Way goal

Police Department sets $239,000 United Way goal

The Baltimore Police Department launched its United Way charity campaign yesterday. The 4,000 sworn and civilian workers have set a goal of $239,000 - more than double the $95,000 the agency raised last year.

Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris launched the "Cops Caring for Community" campaign. The police effort is part of an overall campaign by city agencies to raise $1.5 million.

In Baltimore County

Underage drinking is topic of forum for parents

TOWSON - "Underage Drinking: Everybody's Problem," a forum for parents on the dangers and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse among children, will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Dulaney High School auditorium, 255 Padonia Road.

The program is sponsored by Health Educators Linking Parents and Students, which represents several public schools in central Baltimore County, in partnership with First Step, formerly known as the Community Counseling and Resource Center, and the Baltimore County Police Department.

Information: 410-771-1990 or 410-887-7631.

County issues reminder for discarding leaves

TOWSON - Baltimore County's Department of Public Works reminded county residents yesterday that leaves from yards should be composted, mulched or set out for collection in bags.

"Raking or blowing leaves into the streets or gutters is illegal, and doing so could endanger children, start a fire, clog drains and cause damage to the Chesapeake Bay," according to the department.

Bagged leaves should be set out for collection on the pickup day listed on the county's "One and One" trash and recycling collection schedule. Information on composting: 410-887-2000.

Former chief to speak Friday at Maryvale

BROOKLANDVILLE - Joseph Galli Jr., president and chief executive officer of VerticalNet, an Internet company specializing in the business-to-business marketplace, will speak at a breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday at Maryvale Preparatory School, 11300 Falls Road.

Galli, former president and chief executive officer of, will discuss how the Internet is "revolutionizing the corporate marketplace and enhancing the power and performance of companies worldwide," according to a news release.

After the breakfast meeting, Galli, a Maryvale parent, will speak to the school's 343 students about the importance of hard work.

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