In Baltimore City
Sheriff's office offers 25 percent discount on court fines, costs
The city sheriff's office has announced a 25 percent spring sale on outstanding court fines and costs.
For one month starting June 1, anyone who owes money to Circuit Court can pay 75 percent of it, and the court will waive the rest. If a warrant is attached to the unpaid bill, a judge will quash it once the 75 percent is paid.
Maj. Toby Goodwin, chief of operations for the sheriff's office, said he hopes the amnesty month will raise $50,000 for the court.
All collections will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays in Room 102 of Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse, 100 N. Calvert St.
Unidentified man found fatally shot in Pimlico
City homicide detectives were attempting to identify a man found fatally shot in a car early yesterday on a street in the Pimlico section of Northwest Baltimore.
Investigating a call about gunshots in the 3500 block of W. Belvedere Ave., officers found the victim's body lying face down across the front seat of a silver Oldsmobile about 12:35 a.m., said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. He had been shot at least once in the neck, and several shell casings were found outside the car - which had a shattered, driver's-side window, Harris said.
Police said they knew of no motive or suspect, and asked that anyone with information call Detective Mike Glenn at 410-396-2100.
Rusty Scupper reopens after deck damaged by fire
City fire officials are investigating the cause of a one-alarm blaze early yesterday that heavily damaged an outdoor, upper-level deck at the Rusty Scupper restaurant overlooking the Inner Harbor.
The fire broke out about 3 a.m. on a third-floor deck of the building at 402 Key Highway. Two members of a cleaning crew inside the building at the time were not injured, restaurant spokeswoman Vicki Aversa said.
Firefighters had the blaze under control in about hour. Damage estimates were not available, but the restaurant was able to open for business at 5:30 p.m. - six hours later than usual.
The restaurant extended thanks and a free dinner to Susan Maggione, a Massachusetts resident who was staying at the Marriott Waterfront. She called 911 after her 17-month-old daughter, Isabel, spotted the flames roaring skyward from the 20-year-old restaurant, Aversa said.
Hanover St. bridge to close for repairs over weekend
The Hanover Street bridge will be closed over the weekend for repair work, the city Office of Transportation announced yesterday.
The closing is to begin at 10 p.m. tomorrow, with the bridge expected to reopen to traffic at 5 a.m. Monday. Detour routes will be posted, the city office said.
In Baltimore County
New traffic patterns Friday at Route 140 and Beltway
REISTERSTOWN - Motorists should leave extra travel time Friday morning, when new traffic patterns take effect at the Reisterstown Road-Interstate 695 interchange.
The patterns will give the center of the interchange a diamond-shaped appearance. Traffic will be controlled by signals installed along Reisterstown Road (Route 140) at each end of the bridge over the Beltway, and at the end of ramps leading from the Beltway and Route 140.
Message signs, traffic barrels and concrete barriers will guide motorists through the interchange. Information: Linda Singer, 410-321-2800, or 800-962- 3077.
Technology center to hold opening ceremony Tuesday
RANDALLSTOWN - The new Randallstown Community Technology Center, featuring free computer access, General Educational Development and basic education classes, life-skills training and tutoring, is open to the public.
The center, at 3505 Beagle Lane, is operated by Literacy Works Inc. and the Community College of Baltimore County with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The center will hold an opening ceremony from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Parent Education Night set at boys, girls club
MIDDLE RIVER - The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Middle River will hold Parent Education Night from 5:30 to 8 tomorrow at 1400 Fuselage Road.
The event, recognizing Reading is Fun Week and National Sports Week, will offer storytelling, sports activities and computer games. Refreshments will be served.