Dundalk man resists extradition from Ohio

The Baltimore Sun

A Dundalk man charged with fatally shooting another man, whose body was found in a pile of trash in Rosedale a week ago, is resisting extradition from Ohio, where he was arrested, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Kenneth James Beauchamp, 57, whose last known address was in the 1900 block of Dundalk Ave., is charged in the fatal shooting of Patrick Carroll Pearce III, 41, of Rosedale, whose body was found Aug. 30 by a couple rummaging through a trash dump in the 600 block of Todds Lane.

Baltimore County police received information that Beauchamp was at a bus terminal in Columbus, Ohio, and authorities there arrested him Tuesday on the Baltimore County arrest warrant, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

Laura Barnhardt


Work to start on community center

Baltimore County officials and community representatives will break ground for the $13 million Randallstown Community Center at 11 a.m. Monday.

The 58,000-square-foot center will house a swimming pool with showers and lockers; a multipurpose gymnasium with basketball courts, an indoor track and bleachers; a theater with a staff and non-fixed seating for performances; a tech center/community meeting room, and an activity room.

The community center is expected to be completed by the spring of 2009.

Plans for the community center also include achieving certification as a "green" building, with features designed to minimize energy and environmental impacts.

County Executive James T. Smith Jr., 4th District Councilman Kenneth N. Oliver, 10th District Del. Adrienne A. Jones and community representatives will break ground for the facility behind the Liberty Resource Center, 3523 Resource Drive.


Summer book program drew 34,306

During the Baltimore County Public Library Summer Reading Club, 34,306 people participated in the program, including children, teenagers and adults.

According to library officials, participation was the program's second highest, dating back to 1986.

Schools that won this year's Sneaks Summer Reading Club trophies for the highest percentage of participation included:

Public elementary schools: Prettyboy, Gunpowder; Millbrook; Norwood and Lansdowne.

Public middle schools: Ridgely, Perry Hall, Sudbrook Magnet; Dundalk and Lansdowne.

Private schools: St. Joseph's School in Fullerton and St. Clement Mary Hofbauer School.

The summer reading club runs annually from early June until mid-August.


University plans groundbreaking

Towson University will break ground on a 250,000-square-foot College of Liberal Arts Building at 10 a.m. Wednesday on the former site of the Lida Lee Tall building.

The event will take place near University Avenue, opposite the lower level of the Towsontown Garage.

The College of Liberal Arts Building is the university's first new academic building in 30 years. Hawkins Hall, Lecture Hall and the Psychology Building -- all opened in 1977 -- were the last academic buildings erected on campus.

Construction will include two phases, at a total cost of $120 million. Phase one, expected to be finished in the spring of 2009, will include three 90-seat auditoriums, three 45-seat classrooms, eight 36-seat classrooms and seven seminar rooms.

Phase two, set to begin in late 2009, will include 13 45-seat classrooms, 17 midsize classrooms and 24 seminar rooms. The building is expected to be completed in the fall of 2011.

The College of Liberal Arts is the largest of the university's eight colleges. It enrolls 3,470 students and employs 333 full and part-time faculty members.

The groundbreaking is open to the public.

East side

Chamber luncheon set for Monday

The Essex-Middle River-White Marsh Chamber of Commerce will hold a membership luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Crab Quarters, 2909 Eastern Blvd.

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Chickie Grayson, president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Homes Inc., will be the guest speakers. Enterprise Homes was selected to develop the former site of the Kingsley Park Apartments in the Essex-Middle River area.

The cost of the luncheon is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Information: 410-686-2233.

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