Tinder, retired pastor of Towson church, dies at 67

Monsignor F. Dennis Tinder, who retired last month after serving for nine years as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Towson, died in his sleep Friday, an Archdiocese spokesman said. He was 67 and had suffered from a neuromuscular disorder affecting his strength and motion. Ordained in 1968, Tinder had previously served at churches in Rodgers Forge, Fullerton and Riviera Beach.

His decision this summer to close Towson Catholic High School, which had been in operation for 87 years, angered parents, students and alumni, who accused him of acting too quickly.

The monsignor said in interviews that he had worked hard to keep open the school that his brother and sister had attended but concluded the growing financial deficit made that impossible. "The death of Monsignor Tinder is a devastating blow to the Immaculate Conception community and an immeasurable loss for our entire Archdiocese," Archbishop Edwin O'Brien said in a statement Saturday.

"At all four parishes where he served, as well as in his various administrative positions, Monsignor Tinder served always with a joyful heart and with great love for the Lord and those he served." Services had not been arranged as of Saturday.

Julie Bykowicz

About 2 dozen guns collected in churches' buyback program

Two city churches joined forces Saturday to collect about two dozen guns in a buyback program. St. Gregory the Great Church in West Baltimore and St. Wenceslaus in East Baltimore had circulated fliers promoting the event.

"As we approach the season of peace and harmony, we hope this prompts people to think more about peace," said Monsignor Damien Nalepa of St. Gregory.

His church has conducted other buybacks over several years, taking about 150 guns off the streets over the past year or so, Nalepa said.

People who turned over regular guns received $50 and those who submitted semiautomatic weapons received $100, Nalepa said.

Church officials said they immediately gave the guns to the Baltimore Police Department.

Julie Bykowicz

Pedestrian at Harford Road, I-695 is struck and killed

A 57-year-old male pedestrian was struck and killed at Harford Road and Interstate 695 on the Inner Loop late Saturday morning, after stepping into the path of an Exxon tank truck. "He was dead at the scene and alcohol was not a factor," said Cpl. John Krysiak of the Golden Ring Barracks of the Maryland State Police.

The identity of the victim was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

Long-shuttered Montgomery Co. theater destroyed in fire

A former movie theater in Maryland has been destroyed by fire.

A fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1950s-era Allen Theater at 6822 New Hampshire Ave. in Montgomery County. The theater had been converted into a shoe and clothing store.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. One firefighter had minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. More than 120 firefighters were reported to have fought the fire.

Associated Press

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