SOUTHEAST BALTIMORE — Custodian found slain in school boiler room
A Baltimore school custodian was found shot to death yesterday in the boiler room at Southeast Middle School, apparently the victim of a robbery, police said.
Barbara A. Thrower, 44, had worked at Southeast Middle School since February and was so well-liked that she was considered the school's head custodian, school officials said. Just before 3 p.m. yesterday, her body was discovered by an air-conditioning repairman in the control area of the boiler room.
Police said Ms. Thrower of the 2000 block of East Lanvale Street had been shot several times. Arlene K. Jenkins, a police spokeswoman, said it appeared that someone had rummaged through Ms. Thrower's purse and her pockets were turned inside out.
Douglas J. Neilson, spokesman for the school district, said all the school's doors except one were locked all day yesterday, including those nearest to the boiler room.
The only way to get into the school, in the 6800 block of Fait Avenue, would have been through the front door.
School administrator joins Hayden staff
Roger B. Hayden, Baltimore County executive-elect, has named a 55-year-old county school administrator to serve on his senior staff and eventually be appointed county administrator.
Merreen E. Kelly, a 33-year veteran of the school system, will be appointed executive secretary to the county executive, Mr. Hayden said yesterday. After serving a short time in the post, Mr. Kelly will become county administrator, he added.
The current administrator's term ends June 1, according to the county charter. The appointment of a new administrator is subject to County Council approval.
Mr. Hayden, a former school board president, cited Mr. Kelly's experience as a school administrator and labor negotiator, as well as his knowledge of fiscal matters.
Mr. Kelly, an associate superintendent for staff and community relations, said he plans to retire from the county schools Dec. 30 and will go to work for Mr. Hayden Jan. 1.
A resident of Timonium, Mr. Kelly began his career as a math and science teacher at Parkville Junior-Senior High School. He served as department chairman, assistant principal and teacher-certification specialist before he was appointed chief labor negotiator for the school administration in August 1981.
He was named associate superintendent of physical facilities in 1984 and took his current post in July 1989.
Suspect identified, charged in slaying
Baltimore police used fingerprints yesterday to identify a suspect who had given them another man's name Sunday night when he was arrested in the fatal shooting of an East Baltimore youth who refused to give up a leather jacket.
Anthony Russell Jones, 21, of the 1400 block of Holbrook Street was under guard at Union Memorial Hospital with a wrist injury.
Police maintain that he was hurt about 6:30 p.m. Sunday during a robbery attempt in which Charles Feaster, 17, of the 2600 block of East Jefferson Street was shot and killed in an alley ZTC behind the 900 block of North Washington Street.
Mr. Jones was charged yesterday with the first-degree murder and robbery of Mr. Feaster and the attempted murder and robbery of another youth, after police discovered that he had given them the name of another person, Billy Wiggins.
Police say Mr. Wiggins apparently was not involved in the incident.
1840s gun carriages bared by soil erosion
Soil erosion has unearthed seven pre-Civil War gun carriages in the mud surrounding Fort Delaware at Delaware City.
"So far as we've been able to determine, these are the only casement carriages that have survived from the Civil War period," said Cara Lee Blume, a state archaeologist.
She said the wooden carriages probably date to 1841.
Officials announced the discovery last week. . They said the carriages were part of the fort's armament during the Civil War but were dumped when the fort was modernized during the Spanish-American War.
Officials said the carriages were buried in the sand along the shoreline of Pea Patch Island and now are surfacing because of erosion caused by the wakes of passing ships in the Delaware River.
Fort Delaware, now a state park, is on Pea Patch Island.
A major excavation effort began this week. Officials believe other artifacts may be buried in the area, which was once part of a ditch that surrounded the fort.