City/County Digest

In Baltimore City

2 unidentified men found dead in separate cases


Two unidentified men were killed in separate incidents early yesterday, pushing the city's homicide total to 145 for the year -- 17 more than during the same period last year.

In the first killing yesterday, police said they were called to a rowhouse in the 2200 block of Druid Hill Ave. about 12:30 a.m. and found a man dead from stab wounds inside. Police withheld the victim's identity pending notification of relatives.


About 90 minutes later, police found a man suffering from gunshot wounds slumped across the front seat of a black sport utility vehicle parked in the 4100 block of Wabash Ave. with its lights on and engine running, police said.

Yesterday, police also identified Wayne N. Barber, 22, of the 1600 block of N. Ashburton St. as the man found shot to death about 5 p.m. Tuesday in the alley behind the 1700 block of Thomas Ave.

City's 'Believemobile' to be unveiled at event

Mayor Martin O'Malley's Believe campaign is going on the road.

The "Believemobile," a 28-foot tractor-trailer that opens into a full performance stage, will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. today at a news conference at the Dawson Family Memorial Playground at Bernard Harris Sr. Elementary School, 1400 N. Caroline St. The public is invited to attend a free concert after the news conference. Groups include the Choir Boyz, Panama Band and the Swingsations.

Officials plan to take the Believemobile to neighborhoods across the city, augmenting the Believe "civic engagement" program.

In Baltimore County

Recycling plant fire ruled an accident


CATONSVILLE -- The four-alarm fire at Simkins Industries paper recycling plant has been ruled accidental, but investigators could not pinpoint a cause, Baltimore County fire officials said yesterday.

The fire started June 23 in a paper storage building at the historic industrial site and destroyed that portion of the plant, said Elise Armacost, a Fire Department spokeswoman.

Damage to the plant, which was founded in the 1820s as a cotton mill, was estimated at $2 million, Armacost said.

New Town High PTSA seeks officer nominees

OWINGS MILLS -- The New Town High School PTSA is accepting nominations for president, two vice president positions, recording secretary, corresponding secretary and treasurer.

To make a nomination, call Cegies Conner at 410-655-5323, Anita Brown at 410-902-5931 or Deborah Carter at 410-363-3623.


New Town High School, the county's first new high school in 25 years, is opening this coming school year.

Friday carillon concerts set at McDonogh School

OWINGS MILLS -- Carillonneurs from across the United States will present recitals on McDonogh School's 48-bell carillon from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, tomorrow through Aug. 1.

The recitals, free and open to the public, will be held rain or shine at the Tagart Memorial Chapel in the center of the school's campus, 8600 McDonogh Road. Seating will be available in the chapel in case of rain. Tours of the bell tower will be held after the July 18 and 25 and Aug. 1 programs.

The McDonogh carillon, one of two in Maryland, includes 48 bells weighing a total of nearly 10 tons. The bells are tuned to produce everything from classical music to hymns to popular melodies.