In Baltimore City

Heat, plumbing woes cancel classes at three city schools

Three Baltimore schools that canceled classes yesterday because of problems with heating systems or water pipes are expected to reopen today, officials said.

Northwestern High shut down after a water pipe burst on the second floor, causing flooding. Twenty classrooms on the first and second floors were flooded with up to 2 inches of water, school officials said. Maintenance workers were expected to clean up the school overnight. Officials did not have an estimate on the cost of the damage.

Patterson High School in East Baltimore and the Stadium School in North Baltimore closed late yesterday morning because of broken heating systems. Heat had been restored at both schools by the end of the day, said schools spokeswoman Edie House.

Man, 25, is arrested in fatal Sept. 4 stabbing

A man wanted in a fatal stabbing in Southwest Baltimore in September was arrested yesterday after being stopped in Towson in an unrelated matter by a county police officer, authorities reported.

Kevin Rouzer, 25, of the 200 block of N. Calhoun St. was stopped on a Towson street about 4 a.m. by Officer Chris Carver during a drug investigation. It was later learned that Rouzer was wanted on a charge of first-degree murder, and he was picked up by the city's Warrant Apprehension Task Force, said Baltimore police homicide Detective Gordon Carew.

Rouzer was charged in a warrant with stabbing Paul C. Kirby Jr., 19, of the 200 block of S. Smallwood St. during an argument in the 1800 block of W. Pratt St. on Sept 4. He was held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center, Carew said.

Man found fatally shot in Northwest Baltimore

An unidentified man was found shot late last night on a street in Northwest Baltimore and died an hour later at Sinai Hospital, city police reported.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m., Northwestern District officers responding to a report of a man shot in the 3100 block of Sumter Ave. near Pimlico Road found the victim - believed to be in his late 20s - lying in the street bleeding from wounds to the thigh and stomach.

Anyone with information was urged to call Detective Gary Niedermeier at 410-396-2100.

Holiday hours announced for city impound lots

Baltimore transportation officials have announced holiday hours for city impound lots.

The Pulaski Highway lot, at 6700 Pulaski Highway, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. It will be closed Saturday. It also will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and closed Jan. 1.

The Fallsway lot, at 410 Fallsway, will be closed Friday, Saturday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

In Baltimore County

Pair sought in series of robberies in county

WOODLAWN - Baltimore County police said yesterday they are seeking two men involved in three robberies. In two of the cases, elderly men were robbed at their homes.

On Nov. 12, two men robbed a man in the 2000 block of Gwynn Oak Ave. in Woodlawn. The pair also struck Nov. 29 in the 6000 block of Chesworth Road in Catonsville and Dec. 14 in the 1900 block of Greengage Road in Chadwick Manor, police said.

Detectives believe that the victims were followed home after withdrawing money from the bank. After following the victims to their homes, the robbers would knock on the door and ask for assistance with their car. In each case, when the resident went out to offer help, the suspects overpowered him and took money from his pocket.

Anyone with information was urged to call the county police at 410-307-2020.

Grants available to aid watershed restoration

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Department of the Environment is accepting grant proposals from area nonprofit watershed associations to increase participation in the county's Stream Watch program, the county executive's office said.

Up to $30,000 for watershed restoration is available with each grant.

Information: Steve Stewart,

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