The chief custodian at Parkville Middle...


March 11, 1997|By From staff reports

PARKVILLE -- The chief custodian at Parkville Middle School was arrested yesterday after police uncovered a middle-of-the-night tryst with a 14-year-old girl in a school office in an affair that had been going on since October, police said.

The custodian, Richard Roland Gray, 44, of the 300 block of Ridge Ave. in the Donnybrook section of Towson, was charged with second-degree rape, reckless endangerment and burglary, police said. He was released on $50,000 bond after an unidentified couple put up property as collateral last night.

Gray was suspended without pay pending school and police investigations, school system spokesman Donald I. Mohler said. The girl is not a student at Parkville Middle, authorities said.

Police identify body found in elevator shaft


TOWSON -- Baltimore County police have identified a man whose body was found last week in a hotel elevator shaft.

Brian McBride, 30, who lived at the Howard Johnson's in the 5700 block of Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville, was found dead in the shaft there Wednesday, police said.

A repairman found his body after being called to fix the elevator, which had not worked for several days. The body was crushed between the elevator cab and its counterweight, police said. An exact cause of death has not been determined, but police said they found no evidence of foul play.

Edgemere pastor acquitted of sexual abuse charges


TOWSON -- In a case that has divided a close-knit religious community, a county Circuit Court jury yesterday acquitted a pastor from an Edgemere church of sexually abusing two teen-age girls at a church camp last summer.

Antonio Watson, 30, associate pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church of Edgemere, was acquitted of battery, child abuse and sexually touching the two girls, who were 14 and 16 in July when they said they were abused. The jury deliberated less than two hours after a two-day trial.

"While I have been found not guilty, I believe nobody really won. Families have been torn apart, a community has been torn apart," said Watson yesterday. The mother of one of the teen-agers, visibly upset by the verdict, declined to comment.

Dundalk Community College to hold job fair today


DUNDALK -- More than 25 area employers have signed up for Dundalk Community College's job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Job seekers can explore entry to midlevel opportunities in areas such as health, telecommunications, data entry, the military and hospitality. Proper attire and resumes are recommended for serious applicants.

Information: 285-9927.

A longshoreman was killed yesterday when a load of debris fell on him at Dundalk Marine Terminal, said a spokeswoman for the state facility.

Sara Moriarty, the spokeswoman, said Paul D. Radgowski, 52, an employee of Ceres Marine Terminal Inc. at the facility in the 2700 block of Broening Highway, was standing near a trash container about 3 p.m. when the debris, being lifted by a forklift, fell from several feet above the victim and struck him on the head.

Radgowski, of the 200 block of S. Madeira St., was pronounced dead at the scene at 3: 20 p.m., Moriarty said, adding that the incident is being investigated by state and federal safety officials.

'Dead Man Walking' author cancels local appearance

For personal reasons, Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking," will be unable to deliver the annual Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture at Loyola College scheduled for today. Her appearance and the lecture will be rescheduled.

Mass. writer-educator to speak at St. Mary's

Daniel Bell, scholar-in-residence at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Mass., will give the annual John Carroll lecture on religion and society at 7: 30 p.m. today at St. Mary's Seminary and University, 5400 Roland Ave.

Bell, who has published extensively on Marxism, capitalism and post-industrial society, will speak on "Utopia and Natural Law." The lecture is free and open to the public. Information: 864-3602.

Fund started to aid survivors of fire

The Walker Family Fund has been established at First Union National Bank, 1 E. Baltimore St., to aid survivors of a March 3 fire in East Baltimore that killed six children. Donations can be made at any First Union branch. Information: 244-3412.

Pub Date: 3/11/97

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