New samples taken Friday off Miami...

BOWLEYS QUARTERS --

May 27, 1998

BOWLEYS QUARTERS -- New samples taken Friday off Miami Beach, the county's public swimming area closed since July because of high levels of fecal coliform bacteria, give the beach a clean bill of health, officials say.

Plans to reopen the beach for swimming on weekends starting June 6 are going forward, bolstered by the five new tests showing levels no higher than 17 fecal coliform bacteria per 100 milliliters of water -- well below the accepted safety standard of 200, said Ian J. Forrest, chief of regional community services.

Police arrest barricaded man after in-law's stabbing

ESSEX

ESSEX -- A man's fight with his brother-in-law escalated into a stabbing Sunday and then into a barricade situation that tied up traffic yesterday morning, county police said.

David F. Defalco, 46, was arrested at his home in the 200 block of North Point Blvd. after police shot him with a rubber bullet through a window, said spokesman Sgt. Kevin Novak.

Police said Defalco fled Sunday after the stabbing of Joseph Partin, who was treated for his injuries and released. Defalco's relatives in Florida called Baltimore County police yesterday, saying Defalco had called and threatened suicide. Police surrounded the house, and Defalco surrendered shortly after noon. He was taken to an area hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Ex-group home counselor draws 18 months' probation

TOWSON

TOWSON -- A former counselor at a group home was sentenced yesterday to 18 months' probation for assaulting a mentally retarded male resident in September, said a spokesman for the county state's attorney's office.

County Circuit Judge J. Norris Byrnes sentenced Alexander C. Obeahon, 37, of the first block of Chapeltowne Circle in Perry Hall to a year in jail then suspended the sentence and placed him on 18 months' probation, spokesman Frank Mann said.

Obeahon was accused of striking the 35-year-old man, dragging him across the floor by his ankles and hitting him with a hairbrush when the man refused to leave the basement of the group home in the 9300 block of Beowulf Circle, near White Marsh.

53 mechanics rewarded by county for innovation

TEXAS

TEXAS -- Fifty-three county public works and fire department mechanics got checks for $102 each from County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger yesterday at the county public works yard, after two years of participation in the Gainsharing Program.

By doing light preventive maintenance on highway salt-spreading machines each spring, the mechanics were able to avoid costly replacement of parts lost to corrosion and rust during storage.

The total cash savings to the county is about $12,000 annually, said county personnel director Antony J. Sharbaugh, whose department administers Gainsharing. Under the Gainsharing Program, workers who devise ways to save money share in the cash rewards.

A 12-year police veteran credited with saving a fellow officer's life in 1997 was named Officer of the Year yesterday by the city police union.

Officer Mark Janicki, 32, was cited by Lodge 3 of the Fraternal Order of Police for shooting and killing a suspect who tried to kill Janicki's partner, Officer Bradley Thomas.

Police said both officers, responding to a call about an armed man, chased Sean Freeland Sr. up a dark, narrow stairwell in the 700 block of W. Lanvale St. on March 1, 1997. Freeland pointed a handgun at Thomas' chest and repeatedly pulled the trigger, but the weapon jammed and Janicki shot Freeland in the chest, police said.

11-year-old girl injured in pitchfork accident

An 11-year-old Baltimore girl was in critical condition yesterday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital after a mechanical pitchfork pierced her skull in an accident at Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary in Emmitsburg.

Tiffany Greene was injured Monday night while helping her mother and two other volunteers work on the grass near the parking lot of the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, a college spokesman said.

A pitchfork attached to a tractor broke loose and pierced her skull, state police said. The girl's mother, Lashonna Stinson, removed the pitchfork and called for help, and the girl was flown to Hopkins.

Neighborhood high school to become services academy

Despite opposition from the community, the school board approved a plan last night to transform Walbrook Senior High School next year into a citywide magnet school organized around four service academies.

The proposal means the Southwest Baltimore neighborhood school will become the Uniform Services Academy at Walbrook, with academies focusing on police, fire, business and maritime studies. The school will form a partnership with the city police and fire departments and the Rouse Co.

The board also approved a requirement that a representative from the Walbrook Parent Teacher Organization serve on the academy's board as a voting member.

Pub Date: 5/27/98

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