City/County Digest


Two men arrested after bank robbery, police chase into city


A robbery at 1st Mariner Bank on Route 3 in Crofton sparked a police chase that ended in Baltimore with the arrest of two suspects yesterday, Anne Arundel County police said.

Michael Ross, 41, of the 1200 block of Turnberry Court in Pasadena and Joseph Michael Pierce, 38, of the 900 block of Sunnybrook Drive in Glen Burnie were arrested late yesterday morning on Malden Avenue, police said.


A man had displayed a note to a bank teller implying a robbery, police said. The teller gave an undisclosed amount of cash to the man, who got into a dark-colored Toyota with another man and sped north on Route 3, police said. Anne Arundel County police chased the car into Baltimore, where city police joined the pursuit.

Forum set for candidates in 2 councilmanic districts

Candidates for two City Council races, the new 11th and 12th Districts, will meet in a forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Belvedere, 1 E. Chase St.

The Mount Vernon Belvedere Association, event sponsor, will ask candidates to address problems with midtown traffic patterns, among other issues.

Twenty candidates are invited to the forum, including three council incumbents: Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., running in the 11th District; Bernard C. "Jack" Young in the 12th District; and Pamela V. Carter, also in the 12th.

City recreation centers extend summer hours

Some Baltimore recreation centers have extended their hours of operation for the summer, the city Department of Recreation and Parks said.

The recreation centers are open Monday to Friday (unless otherwise noted) for the following hours:


* Oliver, Patterson Park, Tench Tilghman, Walter P. Carter: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

* Northwood: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

* Parkview: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

* Patapsco: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

* Roosevelt: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For addresses and phone numbers for city recreation centers, visit the department's Web site: neighborhoods/facilities/ recreation.html.



Developer to discuss ways to revitalize older areas

TOWSON -- Stewart Greenebaum, an authority on local residential and commercial real estate, will discuss strategies for revitalizing older neighborhoods at a meeting Thursday of the Baltimore County Planning Board.

Greenebaum is a founding partner of Greenebaum and Rose Associates and has more than 40 years' experience in real estate development. His company has developed subdivisions that reflect early 20th-century designs.

The board will meet at 4 p.m. in Room 407 of the County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Ave. The public is invited.

Meeting scheduled Monday on county's zoning map


WHITE MARSH -- The Essex-Middle River-White Marsh Chamber of Commerce will present a breakfast seminar Monday on the Baltimore County comprehensive zoning map.

Scheduled speakers are Arnold F. "Pat" Keller, county director of planning; Jeffrey Long, chief of comprehensive and community planning; Charles Klein, chairman of the Planning Board; and County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Perry Hall-Towson Democrat.

The seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5015 Campbell Blvd. The cost is $25 for chamber members, $50 for nonmembers. Information: 410-825-6200.

Agency offers summaries of prescription drug bills

TOWSON -- Summaries of the House and Senate bills that would make prescription drug coverage part of Medicare are available from the Baltimore County Department of Aging.

A detailed analysis of each proposal -- including costs -- can be picked up at the department's 18 senior centers. The information also can be found at the department's Web site, www.; click on "agencies."