Pupils join parents in literacy programLINTHICUM...

MARYLAND/REGIONAL BRIEFS

July 26, 1993

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY LINTHICUM — Pupils join parents in literacy program

LINTHICUM -- Students at Overlook Elementary School in Linthicum joined with their parents last week in the Anne Arundel County public schools' family literacy program, designing their own newspapers on computers provided by the program's organizers.

"I think it's a real good program," said Tim Farnquist, 34, as his daughter, typing with both hands, wrote another story for The Muskegon Chronicle, dedicated exclusively to stories of her father's hometown in Michigan. "I don't think I turned a computer on until I was 30 years old," he said.

The program, which targets second-, third- and fifth-graders, will begin its fourth year in September. It was designed three years ago by Laurie Ullery and Paula Despot, former teachers who are family-literacy program developers with Anne Arundel County public schools.

Besides teaching the youngsters computer literacy, the program helps them with writing skills, said Ms. Ullery and Ms. Despot, who tote the 30 laptop computers from school to school.

Balto. Co. man charged with selling guns in city

BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE -- A 45-year-old man who is believed to have sold many handguns at Perkins Homes, a public housing development in East Baltimore, was arrested Saturday night, police said.

Edmund Nowicki, of the 900 block of Compass Road in eastern Baltimore County, was charged with many handgun violations, including transporting unregistered fire arms and possession of stolen handguns after city police and FBI agents monitored him for two weeks, police said.

Agent Doug Price, a city police spokesman, said Mr. Nowicki was arrested at Patterson Park Avenue and Baltimore Street around 11 p.m. Saturday after he left Perkins Homes. Agent Price said Mr. Nowicki was carrying 10 handguns, including semiautomatics, revolvers and two .357-caliber Magnums. Two of the weapons had been stolen, Agent Price said.

Mr. Nowicki was being held at the Eastern District lockup, awaiting a bail hearing.

Agent Price said federal officials will continue surveillance of Perkins Homes for illegal weapons sales.

Homeless man stabbed to death downtown

BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE -- A 38-year-old homeless man was stabbed to death yesterday evening on a downtown street corner, a murder witnessed by several tourists who were on their way to the Inner Harbor, police said.

Police did not release the name of the victim last night pending notification of his relatives.

Detective Gene Constantine, of the homicide unit, said the man was standing on South Street near the Redwood Street when he was approached by a man and a woman, both in their mid-30s, one of whom stabbed the man once in the chest.

The man was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, just minutes after the 6:30 p.m. stabbing.

Police said they were questioning 10 tourists from New York and Delaware last night, all of whom told police they saw the couple and the man come in contact with each other, after which the man fell to the ground.

Fire guts vacant house, damages 3 others

BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE -- A three-alarm arson fire in the 1200 block of Argyle Ave. in West Baltimore gutted a vacant rowhouse yesterday and damaged three others, a fire department spokesman said.

The fire began about 9:10 a.m. at 1228 Argyle Ave. and spread to 1226 and 1224. About 90 firefighters extinguished the blaze that caused extensive damage to the third floors of 1226 and 1230 and minor roof damage to 1224. No one was injured.

"It was like a big wall of flames coming out," said Damon West, 20, of 1223 Argyle Ave. in West Baltimore.

Capt. Hector Torres, a fire department spokesman, said a preliminary investigation ruled the fire an arson. He said vagrants reportedly occupied the gutted rowhouse.

Damage to all four rowhouses was estimated $55,000, Captain Torres said.

Dell still hoping for jail at landfill site

CARROLL COUNTY

Carroll Commissioner Donald I. Dell has not abandoned his idea to build a jail at the Northern Landfill even though the other two commissioners and a committee that studied the idea oppose it.

Mr. Dell maintains that the county would save money in the long run by building a new jail instead of expanding the existing one.

On Thursday, a committee appointed by the commissioners to study the landfill site on Route 140 agreed that the 260-acre facility does not have enough appropriate space for a jail. Only one five-acre parcel would be usable, they said.

Mr. Dell said he believes a jail could be built on a two-acre site with a one-acre parking lot.

Committee members also said it could be expensive to extend water and sewer lines to the site, and that there could be health hazards for prisoners living there.

Mr. Dell said Friday that he asked committee members to think about the issue over the weekend.

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