City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III charged...

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 19, 1997|By From staff reports

TOWSON — City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III charged yesterday that a recent amendment to the aid-for-accountability schools legislation that eliminated a five-year sunset provision exposed a "hidden agenda" on the part of the state legislature.

"There are those who want to use this [bill] as a vehicle to castrate city government," Bell said at a news conference.

The Schmoke administration also is strongly opposed to the amendment, which continues an increased state role in running the school system after additional aid totaling $254 million over five years had run out.

Four youths to attend leadership conference

Four local youths have been awarded Community Leaders Scholarships to attend the Healthy and Sustainable Communities: Building Model Partnerships for the 21st Century Conference tomorrow through Sunday at Clark Atlanta University.

Keith Greene, Kevin Greene and Devin Moore, who are students Morgan State University, and Jeneanne Collins, an AmeriCorps participant, are volunteers in Baltimore-based Youth Warriors, an organization that fosters urban environmental education, leadership development and organizing skills for African-American youngsters.

Man enters Alford pleas in 80-mile bus chase

A Southwest Baltimore man who was arrested after a wild, 80-mile chase in a stolen Mass Transit Administration bus could be sentenced to 10 years in prison for ramming a Virginia state police cruiser.

Dewane E. Rickman, 42, of the 1900 block of Wilhelm St. entered Alford pleas to charges of hit and run and destroying property yesterday in a Fairfax, Va., court. The Alford pleas mean he does not admit fault, but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.

Circuit Judge Robert W. Wooldridge will sentence Rickman on May 9. Rickman was arrested after the bus was stolen in Baltimore. He was driving about 70 mph south on Interstate 95 early Nov. 6 when the bus rammed the police cruiser.

TOWSON -- Baltimore County officials yesterday hailed the opening of a commercial trash recycling facility in Cockeysville that will increase by 10,000 tons per year the capacity for processing cardboard.

The 35,000-square-foot plant, on Recycle Way off York Road, cost county taxpayers $1.8 million. A $500,000 state grant helped complete construction.

The county recycles 28 percent of its solid waste. The new plant will allow about 33 tons of cardboard and up to 800 tons of commercial waste to be processed daily.

Essex man, 33, sentenced for molesting three boys

TOWSON

TOWSON -- Charles William Danforth III, a convicted child molester removed this month as a lighting designer for Parkville Middle School's production of "Annie," was sentenced yesterday five years in the County Detention Center, all but one of them suspended.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge John Grason Turnbull II also ordered the 33-year-old Essex man to serve three years of supervised probation after his release, said Assistant State's Attorney John P. Cox.

Danforth offered a public apology before sentencing. In January, he pleaded guilty to fondling three boys in 1995 and 1996, Cox said.

Job fair for teachers set for today in Timonium

TIMONIUM

TIMONIUM -- Prospective teachers and those seeking new opportunities are invited to attend the Baltimore County Public Schools' job fair and exposition from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Timonium Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall on York Road.

The school system expects to hire about 900 teachers for the next school year in all subject areas.

Administrators and faculty representatives from 160 schools will be on hand to discuss opportunities and conduct interviews. Candidates are encouraged to bring a resume or portfolio.

Pub Date: 3/19/97

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