BALTIMORE CITY — Fire caused by Molotov cocktail
A Molotov cocktail thrown onto the back porch of a Westport residence early yesterday caused a two-alarm fire that damaged four houses and forced several families to flee, a fire official said.
In a preliminary report, Capt. Ronald Baker of the fire investigation bureau said evidence found in the rear of 2319 Annapolis Road indicated that a Molotov cocktail was tossed onto the porch.
The fire, which was reported shortly after 1 a.m., quickly spread to 2317, 2321 and 2323 and forced 18 people, including several children, to flee.
The fire caused a total of $173,000 in damage to the houses, fire officials said.
No injuries were reported among those forced to evacuate their dwellings, but two firefighters sustained minor injuries.
No arrest has been made in the case and authorities are continuing to seek a motive for the arson.
More than 550 Marylanders who were illegally using theihomes as child-care centers registered with the state during a recent amnesty period.
With 130, Prince George's County had the largest number of those who applied for amnesty, followed by 85 in Anne Arundel County; 72 in Baltimore County, and 30 in Baltimore City, said Roberta Ward of the Child Care Administration.
The two-month amnesty period,which ended last Saturday, was approved by the General Assembly last year as a way to try to bring more family day-care providers under state supervision.
The number of illegal providers is unknown, but is often estimated at three to four times the number who have registered, said Avril Williams, child care coordinator for the Maryland Committee for Children.
There were 10,818 registered providers in Maryland caring for 62,000 children as of Dec. 31, 1991, Ms. Ward said.
Shotgun in school:
Anne Arundel County
A 16-year-old student at Southern Senior High School in Harwood was charged with carrying a sawed-off shotgun after school officials found the weapon in his book bag Wednesday.
The student was charged as a juvenile with possession of a deadly weapon on school property and possession of a short-barreled shotgun, county police said.
He was released to his parents after the 7:45 a.m. incident, police said.
The boy has been suspended from school pending an investigation, said Huntley Cross, special assistant to the school superintendent.
"Possession of a weapon is one of the most serious actions a child can have in school," he said, adding that the boy could be expelled.
County police said Assistant Principal David Hill heard reports that the student had a weapon in his bag. Mr. Hill took the boy to his office and found the weapon in the bag, along with folders and papers.
The shotgun could not have been fired because it did not have a firing pin, police said.
The serial number on the gun was unreadable.
The student told police that he got the shotgun a few months ago from a 16-year-old friend who lives in Rosehaven, the police report said. His friend wanted him to try to repair it. When he could not, the friend told him he could keep it, police said.
The 16-year-old told police that he carried the gun in his bag during a visit to his father's home on Feb. 29. He said he never took the gun out of the bag when he went home and forgot it was there when he brought the bag to school, the police report said.
A social service:
The Baltimore County Department of Social Services is sponsoring a conference to promote the programs it makes available to county residents.
"Stretching the Resources: An Interagency Response," will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at Sheppard Pratt Hospital, 6501 N. Charles St.
The conference will feature 10 workshops on varied topics including the homeless, teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, substance abuse by pregnant women, the "new poor" and youth at risk of being suspended or expelled from school.
To register, call the social services department at 887-3005. Registration forms must be returned by March 9. The $6 cost includes refreshments.
No red ink:
Despite the recession, Carroll County General Hospital--expects to show a surplus of $400,000 by the end of the fiscal year on July 1, Kevin Kelbly, vice president for finance, announced this week.
Mr. Kelbly credited the county's population growth and the hospital's development of pediatric, obstetric and other services for the increase in business.
The extra money will go back into hospital services since the hospital is a non-profit organization.
Woman's body found:
The body of a 73-year-old woman has been pulled from the Susquehanna River, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Lily Mae Townsend, of Havre de Grace, was reported missing Wednesday night to Havre de Grace police. Her body was found 2:42 p.m. yesterday in Canvas Back Cove on the Susquehanna, said Carol Anders, a DNR spokeswoman.
DNR police assisted in the recovery of the body, Ms. Anders said.
The death has been determined to be accidental, she said.
@4 Police said a report on the incident is pending.