Baby accidentally shot in neckA 15-year-old girl...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

March 10, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY — Baby accidentally shot in neck

A 15-year-old girl accidentally shot a 19-month-old baby in the neck yesterday after the teen-ager saw a gun lying on Linden Avenue and tried to put it in her pocket, police said.

The girl found the gun in the 2500 block about 5:15 p.m. and picked it up, either to look at it or remove it from the street, police said. But the weapon discharged and struck the baby, Chantell Johnson, who was sitting several feet away with other children, city homicide Detective Vernon Holley said.

Chantell, who lives in the block where the shooting occurred, was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she underwent surgery last night. She was in stable condition today at the pediatric intensive care unit.

In the confusion following the shooting, the teen-ager, whose name was not released, said she threw the weapon away. An unidentified man grabbed the gun and ran off through a crowd of onlookers, Detective Holley said.

The gun had not been recovered last night.

University acts:

Maryland

Salisbury State University officials, alarmed by an increase in racist and anti-gay acts on campus, are holding discussion groups to foster greater understanding among students.

President Thomas Bellavance said the idea is for students to talk about their frustrations rather than act on them.

Salisbury State's student body is about 7 percent black.

Black history posters have been defaced with swastikas, someone wrote James Earl Ray's birthday on a bulletin board calendar and the head of the minority affairs office got an anonymous letter berating blacks.

In addition, there have been two anti-gay acts. Somebody wrote "Annual Gay-bashing Day" on a calendar Feb. 14. Last week, a bulletin board used by the campus Gay and Lesbian Alliance was torn down.

Free ride:

Anne Arundel County

A commuter center for Baltimore-Washington International Airport-area companies wants more workers to use car pools, buses and trains and hopes to entice them by guaranteeing rides when emergencies arise.

The Greater BWI Commuter Transportation Center Inc. in Hanover will unveil a pilot program today called Guaranteed Ride Home, which promises that ride-sharing employees will never be marooned at work.

Any employee of one of the center's member companies who commutes by car pool, train, bike or bus at least three days a week will be eligible for a free ride home by taxi or rental car in cases of personal/family emergencies or unscheduled overtime.

Commuters who want to register for the program should call 859-1000.

Winning miss:

Carroll County

Marcie A. Bidinger won the Miss Carroll County 1992 title XTC Saturday, earning high scores for a lyrical dance choreographed to an Elvis Presley hit.

Miss Bidinger, 21, of Frederick, will represent the county in the Miss Maryland contest in June.

Miss Bidinger, a senior at Hood College in Frederick, plans to enter the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in September. She earned a $150 scholarship along with her new title.

When she's not in a college classroom, Miss Bidinger is in a studio, where she gives dance and baton twirling lessons to about 75 young students.

Aberdeen's 100:

Harford County

Phyllis Diller may be the star attraction, but the city of Aberdeen's 100th birthday March 22 is no joke.

The area is believed to have been settled by English colonists in 1634. It became an incorporated town on March 22, 1892.

Miss Diller is planning to help the city celebrate by putting on a special comedy show at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Theater March 21, the first of two birthday celebrations for Aberdeen.

Also on the 21st, Aberdeen residents can enjoy a community pancake brunch sponsored by the Lions Club and an antique auction. Weekend festivities continue Sunday, March 22, with a special church service at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Mt. Royal Avenue. The combined choirs of Aberdeen's churches will provide special music.

A second set of centennial events is scheduled from May 27 through June 6. For more information, call Centennial Committee Headquarters at 272-4780.

Hit and run:

Howard County

Police arrested a Jessup man Saturday after he allegedly rammed a police officer with a pickup truck and sped away.

The officer, Detective Page Christis, was treated for leg injuries at the Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital and released.

Narcotics detectives had stopped two cars they suspected of carrying crack cocaine at Whiskey Bottom and Brock Bridge roads shortly after midnight Saturday.

Seconds later, a pickup truck eastbound on Whiskey Bottom Road rear-ended one police car, pushing it into one of the stopped cars and ramming both into a second police car, police said.

After a manhunt involving police officers from Howard and Anne Arundel counties, police arrested 39-year-old David A. Richards, who, police said, hid in a wooded area for almost two hours.

Richards, of Grag Drive, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a revoked license and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

Police arrested seven of eight passengers in the two cars and charged them with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of crack cocaine. Charges are pending on the eighth passenger.

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