In Baltimore City

Man, 35, released from prison in Oct. is fatally shot

A Govans man who recently had been released from prison was fatally shot shortly after he left his girlfriend's Southwest Baltimore home late Saturday night, police said.

No arrest had been made and police knew of no motive for the killing.

Bryan Keith McCollum, 35, of the 5500 block of Govane Ave. left his girlfriend's house in the 400 block of Random Road in Beechfield shortly before midnight when an assailant shot him once in the upper body, said Detective Frank Miller.

McCollum, who was released from prison in October after serving 13 years of a 20-year term for armed robbery and attempted murder, died at the scene, Miller said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miller at 410-396- 2100.

Harlem Park renovation wins landscapers' acclaim

The renovation of Harlem Park in West Baltimore was honored last week by the Maryland and Potomac chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The Honor Award was presented to Hord Coplan Macht and the city's Department of Recreation and Parks. The park renovation - which began in 2002 - includes a plaza and pavilion inspired by traditional African villages. The plaza includes artwork by artist Joyce Scott, a native of Harlem Park.

The firm also won an award in the competition in 2003 for its renovation of Baltimore's Hopkins Plaza.

Coalition plans discussion on crisis in Darfur region

The Baltimore Coalition to End War & Terrorism will present a discussion on the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan at 7:30 p.m. today at the Progressive Action Center, 1443 Gorsuch Ave.

The meeting will feature Aisha Bain, Jen Marlowe and Adam Shapiro, who filmed a documentary this fall in Darfur and refugee camps in eastern Chad. Their presentation will include a short video and pictures.

In Baltimore County

Jemicy School plans to buy 30 acres for new facility

OWINGS MILLS - The Jemicy School for dyslexic children is set to buy 30 acres from Ruxton Country School, on which it plans to build an upper-school facility, Jemicy officials announced last week.

The agreement is subject to a 120-day study period, according to a statement from Jemicy. The property Jemicy would acquire, on Garrison Forest Road next to the Ruxton campus, has been approved by state and county officials for use as a school. Jemicy officials said in the statement that they intend to abide by existing conservation easements on the land and that they will dedicate a portion of the new campus to ecology and outdoor education.

The private school traditionally served above-average and gifted children from kindergarten through eighth grade who have dyslexia or language-based learning disabilities. It merged last year with Valley Academy and now serves high school students.

Department of Aging offers arthritis exercise program

COCKEYSVILLE - The Baltimore County Department of Aging is offering the Arthritis Foundation's PACE program at Cockeysville Senior Center at Warren Place, 10535 York Road.

The six-week People with Arthritis Can Exercise program meets twice a week and involves 72 exercises to increase joint flexibility and maintain muscle strength, according to a statement by the senior center. The program is supported by a grant from the Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene.

Information: 410-887-7694.

Police TV program focuses on White Marsh Precinct

TOWSON - The White Marsh Precinct is featured on this month's edition of Police Report, the county Police Department's cable TV program.

Capt. Lee Russo, commander of the precinct, and Lt. Dennis Delp, the assistant commander, will discuss growth in the precinct. Detective Ryan Franks of the firearms violence team also will discuss the department's gun hot line, which was created to enable residents to report illegal guns.

The show is broadcast on Comcast Channel 25 in Baltimore County at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

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