In Baltimore City

Death of man found in home ruled a homicide

An autopsy on a man found dead over the weekend in the basement of his South Baltimore home indicated that the man's death was a homicide, tying last year's total number of homicides in the city at 271, police said.

The man's identity was not released, said Detective John Riddick.

Early Saturday, the victim, believed to be in his 40s, was involved in an altercation with an unknown person in the 1600 block of Patapsco St., during which he suffered a head injury before falling to the pavement, Riddick said. The man walked home and was found dead in his basement bedroom Saturday night by his mother, who called police.

An autopsy performed Sunday, Riddick said, showed the cause of death to be an injury to the head caused by blunt force. Riddick said no arrest had been made and that anyone with information is urged to call him at 410-396-2100.

Sanitation yard reopens after extensive renovation

Baltimore's Western Sanitation Yard has reopened to city residents, Public Works Director George L. Winfield announced this week.

The yard, at 701 Reedbird Ave., has been closed for renovations since April. Work included repaving of the yard and installation of new lighting. Debris containers also were moved for easier collection and drop-off.

The yard - and four other sites in the city - are available for residents who want to drop off debris and bulk trash. They are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The service is free with proof of city residency.

The other locations are the Eastern Sanitation Yard, 6100 Bowleys Lane; the Northwest Sanitation Yard, 2840 Sisson St.; the Northwest Transfer Station, 5030 Reisterstown Road; and the Quarantine Road Sanitary Landfill, 6100 Quarantine Road.

I-895 entrance ramp to close today, tomorrow

The entrance ramp from eastbound Pulaski Highway to southbound Interstate 895 is to be closed to traffic today and tomorrow, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Fence installation is scheduled, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. both days along the Entrance 13A ramp.

Motorists from Pulaski Highway will be detoured to North Point Boulevard, to Kane Street, to Lombard Street, and then onto I-895.

Law school to present holiday concert tomorrow

The University of Maryland School of Law will sponsor a free lunchtime holiday concert as part of its Lunch Under the Pipes series tomorrow with its restored 1882 Johnson pipe organ.

The concert - which is free and open to the public - will feature the Carillons Bell Choir of Grace United Methodist Church.

Tables will be set up for people to eat their lunch. The concert will begin at noon at Westminster Hall, at Fayette and Greene streets.

In Baltimore County

Groundbreaking today for new police station

PIKESVILLE - A groundbreaking for a new Baltimore County police station will take place at 1 p.m. today at 215 Milford Mill Road.

The station will have more than 13,000 square feet of work area for about 100 sworn officers and other staff, according to a statement from the county Police Department. The building will cost $4.2 million, with all funds coming from the county's capital budget. Construction is expected to take about a year, the statement said.

The new precinct was created in response to rapid growth and development on the county's west side, the department said.

Middle school to dedicate new stained-glass panels

LUTHERVILLE - Pupils and the PTA of Ridgely Middle School will dedicate four stained-glass panels created by pupils in the artist-in-residence project at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 121 Ridgely Road.

The panels, titled "Windows of Learning," depict the major areas of study: math, English, science and social studies.

Lucinda Shaw, artist in residence at the school, has been teaching 51 Ridgely Middle seventh- and eighth-graders how to make stained glass. The pupils have been meeting with Shaw twice a week since October. The program is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council's Arts in Education Program.

Villa Julie College to hold its commencement Friday

STEVENSON - Villa Julie College will hold its winter commencement exercise at 1 p.m. Friday in the college's gymnasium, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road.

College President Kevin J. Manning will speak at the ceremony, and Dyer Bilgrave, assistant professor of psychology, will give the commencement address.

About 100 of the college's 130 December graduates are expected to participate.

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