County seeks to buy Dundalk apartments

The county government has agreed to pay $935,000 for three apartment buildings as part of a plan to redevelop a crime-ridden Dundalk neighborhood, officials said.


The purchases must be approved by the County Council, which is to vote Tuesday.

The buildings are part of the Yorkway complex and are individually owned. In each case, the owners rejected initial offers by the county and made counter-offers, which the county accepted, according to information provided by the Bureau of Land Acquisition.


Once all of the Yorkway apartment buildings are purchased, the county plans to sell the site to a developer for new housing.

Josh Mitchell


Power outage stops Metro trains

Upwards of 500 riders of the Baltimore Metro system were delayed yesterday evening after a power outage prevented trains from running between the Milford Mill and Owings Mills stations, an MTA spokeswoman said.

The outage occurred about 5:25 p.m., near the height of rush hour, and the MTA set up a shuttle bus service to accommodate waiting passengers, said the spokeswoman, Holly Henderson.

Henderson said crews were investigating the cause of the cutoff. She also said that if power was not restored by this morning, bus shuttle service would continue. The Metro carries about 47,000 riders each weekday, she said.

Michael Dresser


King services

Jews, Christians to honor King

Har Sinai Congregation and St. Mark's United Methodist Church will host two services this weekend to commemorate the life and teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Har Sinai will host a Shabbat service at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the temple, 2905 Walnut Ave., Owings Mills. During this service, Rev. Herbert W. Watson Jr., pastor of St. Mark's, will speak and the choirs of each congregation will perform together.

On Sunday, St. Mark's will host a service at 11 a.m. at 1436 Dorsey Road, Hanover, where Rabbi Bradd Boxman will speak about the genocide in Darfur and the situation in the Middle East.

Both Har Sinai and St. Mark's were founded in 1842.


For information, call the temple office at 410-654-9393.

Smith to lead King event tomorrow

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will be host for a celebration honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. tomorrow morning.

The Milford Mill Concert Choir will perform during the event and a documentary by local historian Louis Diggs on African-American history in Baltimore County will be shown.

The public is invited to the 11 a.m. event at Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 8615 Church Lane, Randallstown.



Employment office is renamed

The Baltimore County Office of Employment & Training will officially change its name to the Baltimore County Office of Workforce Development effective Monday.

The change, approved by the County Council, better reflects the operation of the office, officials said. The Office of Workforce Development aims to provide employment and training services to businesses and individuals in and around the Baltimore metropolitan region.

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