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April 16, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Work crews continue paint cleanup on road where teen-ager died

PERRY HALL -- County workers continued scrubbing part of eastbound Joppa Road yesterday in an effort to remove an extensive memorial to a teen-ager killed in a single-car accident last week.

Friends spray-painted hundreds of messages remembering Shawn Polston, 18, who died when his car hit a utility pole in the 3700 block of E. Joppa Road. Police said alcohol and excessive speed were factors in the crash, which injured a passenger.

The graffiti -- about 100 feet long in two lanes of the road -- has proved difficult to remove, said Charles R. "Dick" Harrison, head of the county highways bureau. Five county workers used a multipurpose cleaner and a high-power washer yesterday, he said, and hope to finish within two days.

Gunpowder Falls State Park seeks volunteers for cleanup

KINGSVILLE -- Gunpowder Falls State Park is seeking volunteers to help with park cleanup and maintenance during its 10th annual Earth Day event at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

The event will take place in five areas of the park, rain or shine. Volunteers should bring a bag lunch. Snacks will be provided.

Information: Sue Maszczenski at Save Our Streams, 410-969- 0139. Registration: park headquarters, 410-592-2897.

Schools select 5 nominees for first-year teacher award

TOWSON -- County public schools have selected five nominees for the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award, which honors the best first-year teachers.

The nominees are Kimberly Fraser, McCormick Elementary; Heather Lageman, Dulaney High; Caroline Payot, McCormick Elementary; Anne Penhallegon, Westchester Elementary; and Shawn Tormey, Overlea High.

The awards program -- sponsored by Sallie Mae and the American Association of School Administrators -- recognizes one outstanding teacher from each of the 50 states. Winners receive a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., and a $1,500 award.

In Baltimore City

Conaway, register of wills, files as mayoral candidate

Mary W. Conaway, the city register of wills, filed yesterday as a candidate for mayor.

Conaway is part of an official field that includes former Councilman Carl Stokes and three local activists, A. Robert Kaufman, Phillip Brown and Robert Marsili.

Council President Lawrence A. Bell III has declared his candidacy but has not filed. Local political and business leaders are working to draft Kweisi Mfume, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as a candidate but he has repeatedly said he is not interested in the job. The filing deadline is July 6.

Man and woman sentenced in death of her baby last year

A woman and her boyfriend, both city residents, were sentenced to prison yesterday for their part in the death of the woman's 18-month-old daughter in May.

Circuit Judge Mabel E. Houze Hubbard sentenced Shannon Flint of the 2600 block of Francis St. to 10 years for manslaughter in the death of Jasmine Covel. The child's mother, Vonestine Covel, 31, of the 600 block of W. Lafayette Ave., received five years for child abuse.

The victim was smothered in a towel over which a metal coat hanger was fastened. She also suffered from malnourishment and two broken arms. The defendants said they were high on drugs.

Community college to hold fashion show downtown

Baltimore City Community College will hold its annual fashion show at 3 p.m. April 25 in the Bard Building auditorium at the Harbor Campus, 600 E. Lombard St.

The show is produced by the school's Apparel Technology department and is called " `90s Fashions Exposed." Each of the garments presented at the show -- incorporating ethnic themes -- was designed and constructed by students.

Information: the Apparel Technology office, 410-462-5522.

Pub Date: 4/16/99

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