In Baltimore City
Bill limiting sales of weapons, bullets is signed into law
Mayor Martin O'Malley signed a bill yesterday that limits ammunition sales to stores licensed to sell firearms and forbids the sale of both within 100 yards of schools, churches and public places.
The bill was introduced last summer after police found that hardware and grocery stores were selling bullets. The practice was legal because zoning laws did not prohibit it. Two firearms dealers - Pimlico Loan Office and Livingston's Loan Office - are operating inside the 100-yard zone. The law gives them three years to relocate or end gun sales. City officials said the law would not put the stores out of business.
A manager disagreed. "It doesn't look good for us if we had to terminate gun sales," said Jay Davis of Pimlico Loan.
Mardi Gras party today to feature Parade of Fools
The Parade of Fools will highlight a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras celebration in Fells Point today. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the foot of Broadway, led by the Dixieland band Bourbon Street Ramblers, proceed along Thames Street, then return to Broadway Square where the king and queen of Mardi Gras will be chosen.
The celebration, sponsored by the Fells Point Food and Beverage Association and radio station MIX 106.5 FM, will include a gumbo cook-off from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., half of all tips raised by guest bartenders at participating restaurants and taverns will benefit the Children's House at Johns Hopkins.
Traffic will be diverted on parts of Broadway and Thames Street. No parking restrictions will be imposed.
Harbor ice rink to be open week longer than planned
The Inner Harbor Ice Rink will remain open until March 16, a week longer than scheduled, because of lower-than-average temperatures, Baltimore officials announced.
Last winter, the season was shortened three weeks when rain and high temperatures postponed the opening.
The rink at Rash Field is open seven days a week, weather permitting. To check conditions, call 410-385-0675.
In Baltimore County
Teen whose car hit cruiser is released from hospital
ESSEX - A 16-year-old driver whose car collided Friday morning with a Baltimore County police officer's cruiser while the officer was headed to a house fire in Essex was released from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center during the weekend, police said yesterday.
Jeremy Gryctz of the 300 block of Miles Road in Middle River was driving a 2003 Toyota Matrix on Middleborough Road and was passing through the intersection at Route 702 when his car hit the cruiser, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman. Gryctz had a green light, Vinson added.
Officer Terry L. Wilson was traveling north on Route 702 with his lights flashing and siren sounding when the Toyota hit the side of his car. Wilson, a six-year veteran, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released Friday afternoon, police said. Investigators have not said whether either driver was at fault in the accident.
Trash, recycling collection resumes regular schedule
TOWSON - Baltimore County has resumed regular trash and recycling collection, county officials said yesterday.
Refuse and recyclables should be placed at regularly designated areas for pickup on scheduled collection days. Trash again will be picked up in alleys, a practice suspended after last month's 28-inch snowfall.
Man to represent delegate on bike trail committee
PERRY HALL - Del. Alfred W. Redmer Jr. has appointed Robert Mowery to represent him on a committee developing a bicycle and pedestrian trail plan for eastern Baltimore County.
"New facilities will bring bikers and walkers to the trails for both fun and practical purposes," Mowery said in a prepared statement. "The Baltimore County community has asked for new recreational opportunities and an alternative to commuting by car. New trails and facilities will fill this need."
Mowery is director of metro operations for the state Department of Transportation, where he has worked for 30 years. He is a member of the Perry Hall Improvement Association's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.