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In Baltimore County

Man found guilty of threatening jogger in Cockeysville

COCKEYSVILLE - A Baltimore County Circuit judge found a 56-year-old man guilty of attempted kidnapping and second-degree assault for threatening a jogger last year.

Police and prosecutors said that Larry Edward Clark of Baltimore County and Tennessee trailed the woman in a truck as she ran through her Cockeysville neighborhood June 12. They say he stopped the truck, got out, held what looked like a hammer over his head and screamed at her to get in. She sprinted past him and found another jogger, who apparently scared Clark into driving off.

Yesterday, Judge Lawrence R. Daniels asked that Clark, who has no violent criminal record, undergo more psychiatric evaluations before he is sentenced.

Ruppersberger opens district office in Timonium

TIMONIUM - With a staff of eight to work on issues ranging from veterans affairs and Social Security to health care and education, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger announced that his 2nd District office is open for business.

In the Atrium building, 375 W. Padonia Road, Suite 200, the office is centrally located in the district, which includes parts of Baltimore City, and Harford, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.

Residents of the 2nd District can contact Ruppersberger and staff at 410-628-2701.

Towson U. faculty members to discuss possible Iraq war

TOWSON - A panel of faculty members will weigh the pros and cons of going to war with Iraq from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Potomac Lounge of the University Union at Towson University.

The panel will feature professors who support and oppose armed intervention in the Middle East. Students also will be given time to ask questions.

The forum is free and open to the public. Information: Calvin Bowman, 410-704-2711.

Public hearing set on plan for eastern county

ESSEX - A public hearing will be held March 26 on the update of the eastern Baltimore County development strategy.

Anirban Basu, lead consultant on the project, will present preliminary economic and statistical data on the study area, which includes 10 regional planning districts in Baltimore County and two in Baltimore. The first strategy was issued in 1995 by the county Chamber of Commerce.

The meeting will be sponsored by the chamber's Southeastern Economic Development Committee and will begin at 7:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall in the Arts and Humanities Building at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

In Baltimore City

Fire damages building being renovated; 1 hurt

A two-alarm fire seriously damaged last night sections of a seven-story brick building in the 300 block of W. Baltimore St. being renovated as part of the Westside Renaissance redevelopment project. A firefighter was slightly injured.

Reported at 5:58 p.m. by an employee of a construction company on fire watch, the fire spread from the fourth floor to the fifth, damaging stairways and walls, said Battalion Chief Greg B. Ward. A firefighter stepped on a nail and was treated at Mercy Medical Center, Ward said.

Ward said the cause of the fire was under investigation, adding that workers were using a portable generator to power tools used for cutting pipes and removing insulation shortly before the fire broke out. The fire was under control shortly before 8 p.m.

Police plan to sponsor blood drive today

The Baltimore Police Department will sponsor a Baltimore Chapter of the American Red Cross blood drive between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. today in the second-floor atrium at police headquarters, 601 E. Fayette St.

Uniformed and civilian employees of the department who want to donate blood should call Sgt. Douglas Womack at 410-396-2450 for information, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. The donated blood will be for use by the general public, Moses said.

Boating, fishing guide available for reservoirs

The 2003 Boating and Fishing Guide for city reservoirs, which provides rules and regulations for reservoir activities, is now available.

Boating has started at Liberty and Prettyboy reservoirs and will begin April 4 at Loch Raven, according to the mayor's office. A season boating permit is $50.

The 32-page guide is free and can be obtained by applying for a boating permit or calling the Department of Public Works at 410-795-6150.

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