News Briefs 7/24/13

Police declare Capone Chase ‘Public Enemy Number One’

Capone Chase - Photo courtesy of Baltimore Police

Police have released the name of the man wanted in the July 15 killing of  Ramon Rodriguez, 21, in Greektown. The suspect is 19-year-old Capone Chase.

“Late in the evening of July 15, Capone Chase lured Ramon Rodriguez to the 4600 block of Gough St. for the sole purpose of  murdering him,” reads a police statement.

“The location of the crime, a playground used by children and families, became the scene of a brutal and cold-blooded murder.”

Rodriguez was shot in the head.

According to the statement, Capone Chase is being sought on an active murder warrant and is considered armed and dangerous. Police are asking anyone with any information to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup.

 

Power failure mid-heatwave

The power outages in Fell’s Point, Upper Fell’s Point and Canton last week were caused by a “host” of factors, exacerbated by the increased demand on the system caused by the heat, according to Baltimore Gas and Electric Company spokesperson Rachael Lighty.

Lighty said that a high number of renovations to homes in the area was a factor.

“We’ve seen the load increase over the years, and that combined with the extreme heat has put a high demand on the system,” she said.

Lighty said that a piece of underground equipment failed, setting off a chain reaction.

The Baltimore Guide staff noticed that traffic lights in Fell’s Point were out Tuesday afternoon, from Broadway east to roughly Washington St., and as far north as Eastern Ave.

Residents in the area had been complaining of power outages since Monday, July 15, while temperatures soared into the high 90s and above through last week.

Lighty confirmed that BGE was routing some of the power through overhead lines to relieve the primary underground system through the heat wave. A more permanent fix is in the works, she added.

“We are working to upgrade the equipment in the area so that next time we have a peak demand week, we will have new equipment to handle it,” Lighty said.

 

Water main break

A water main break on Monday evening left many in Southeast Baltimore with either low pressure or no water whatsoever.

Department of Public Works spokesman Kurt Kocher said that a 36-inch, 80-year-old water main on Holabird Ave. near S. Clinton St. broke on Monday night, sometime around 8 p.m.

“We started getting calls about water outages, and low water pressure, in a wide ranging area including Canton, Butchers Hill, Cherry Hill, Brooklyn and Curtis Bay,” he said.

Kocher said that crews responded immediately, and by 1 a.m. Tuesday, “the break was isolated enough that water pressure began to return.”

The Curtis Bay water tank, however, had been drained by the break, so many in the area surrounding Curtis Bay still had water pressure issues on Tuesday, Kocher said.

The DPW advised water users to practice “conservation” on Tuesday. Kocher acknowledged that those with restored water would have to run faucets to clear out brownish, sediment-stained water.

“But we’re asking that people not do laundry or anything like that yet,” he said.

The advisory was in effect on Tuesday for area codes 21224, 21225, 21226 and 21227. Kocher said that he expected it to be lifted by Wednesday.

“This is another reason why we’re accelerating main replacement,” Kocher added.

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