STATE: — Teacher nabbed in drug raid
Bail review hearings were set today for a city schoolteacher and her husband, who were jailed after a raid on their northwest Baltimore home turned up cocaine and marijuana, police reported.
Brenda Blake, 28, a teacher at Lakeland Middle School, and her husband, Michael Blake, 32, a former school employee, were arrested Wednesday night at their apartment in the 2200 block of Liberty Heights Ave., police said.
They were charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. Mr. Blake also was charged with stealing checks from neighborhood mail boxes, police said.
Mrs. Blake was ordered held on $10,000 bail and sent to the Women's Detention Center, and her husband was in the Northwestern District lockup on $7,500 bail.
Agent Arlene K. Jenkins, a police spokeswoman, said the arrests were made after police went to the home to investigate thefts of checks from mailboxes in the area.
Police said they found small quantities of cocaine, marijuana and narcotics paraphernalia.
Recent reports of terrapins drowning in crab pots have prompted state officials and environmentalists to urge residents use extra care when crabbing this season.
Anecdotal evidence suggests the number of diamondback terrapins in Chesapeake Bay tributaries may have been affected by crabbing, said Department of Natural Resources biologist Richard Morin.
The terrapin, the mascot of the University of Maryland and an unofficial state symbol, is not an endangered or threatened species.
A Linthicum man was killed late Wednesday night when the vehicle he was driving on Nursery Road near Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum Heights left the road at a high rate of speed, crashed into a tree and burst into flames.
A police spokesman today identified the victim as Robert Edward Ervin, of the 500 block of Louise Ave.
Police said Mr. Ervin was speeding east on Nursery Road shortly before 11:30 p.m. when his car ran off the road, struck a large tree and burst into flames.
Despite Baltimore County School Superintendent Robert Y. Dubel's claims to the contrary, authors of an audit report say they remain convinced that there are too many administrators in the county's schools.
A draft of the county auditor's report on the school system, obtained by The Evening Sun last month, says the school administration is bloated and says the county could save up to $12 million next year by eliminating some administrators' jobs, along with a variety of fringe benefits.
In his official response to the audit, the superintendent asserted that the school system actually had 352 fewer "non-instructional" workers in 1991 than in 1983.
But the auditor's office said the response is inaccurate.
Dr. Dubel is seeking $516.9 million for the schools for the next academic year.
The superintendent's proposed budget is to be reviewed by County Executive Roger B. Hayden and then sent to the County Council, which has the power to cut it and which can use the auditor's report as a guide.
* Baltimore County's old police headquarters building in Towson was evacuated yesterday afternoon, and nearby Bosley Avenue and Kenilworth Drive, both busy thoroughfares, were closed while a potentially dangerous chemical was removed.
Battalion Chief Ralph A. Nelson, Fire Department spokesman, said the chemical, Pic-Ric Acid, was stored in the police laboratory, but a half-pint of it crystallized from non-use into a potentially dangerous form. He said it was removed from the building between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. by a private firm called in to handle it. Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger said the acid crystals were immersed in water on the parking lot until the acid was removed later in the afternoon. The building is a block west of York Road, at Bosley and Kenilworth.
Sergeant Doarnberger said Bosley Avenue, a six-lane road bypassing central Towson on the west side, was closed from Joppa to York roads, and Kenilworth Drive was closed from Bosley to West Road from 2 p.m to 2:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
Westminster police arrested two eighth-grade boys at Westminster East Middle School Tuesday and charged each with bringing a gun into a school.
Both boys were suspended from school and their cases were referred to juvenile authorities.
Principal Donald Reck said one boy, 13, had fired his father's .357-caliber Magnum at home last week without permission and jammed it. The youth had loaded the gun with the wrong-size ammunition and the cartridge became stuck in the gun's chamber.
A classmate said he would clear the chamber if the boy brought the weapon to school, Mr. Reck said.
A third student saw the handgun being placed in a book bag and told a teacher. Police were called at 2 p.m. and found the weapon in the book bag.
"It was one of those dumb things a youngster does," said Mr. Reck. "The gun was not brought to school for protection or because the boy felt threatened."