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April 29, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Former pastor pleads guilty in sexual abuse of two teens last year

TOWSON -- The former pastor of two Baltimore churches pleaded guilty yesterday in Circuit Court to two counts of sexual child abuse involving two teen-age congregants, said Assistant State's Attorney Stephen R. Roscher.

Roscher said Wayne Arthur Hartz, 47, of the 200 block of Ingleside Ave. in Catonsville pleaded guilty to abusing the teen-agers last summer at his home.

Charges that he abused a third teen-ager were dropped. At the time of the incidents, Hartz was pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in the 4200 block of Vermont Ave. and Bethany Lutheran Church in the 1000 block of Haverhill Road. He will be sentenced July 21.

Art auction to raise funds for Police Athletic League

COCKEYSVILLE -- An art auction has been scheduled for tomorrow at Oregon Ridge Lodge to raise money for the Baltimore County Police Athletic League.

Oil paintings, watercolors, enamels, lithographs and etchings will be among the artworks presented for sale at the organization's third annual art auction, which raises money for recreation centers that provide after-school programs for young children and teen-agers.

A preview and hors d'oeuvres party is to begin at 6 p.m., with the auction starting at 7 p.m. The lodge is on Beaver Dam Road. Tickets are $5.

Man wanted in city killing is arrested at gas station

OWINGS MILLS -- Federal, state and local police descended on a Crown station late Tuesday night to arrest a man listed among the state's most wanted fugitives, authorities said.

Nelson L. Reid, 26, of the 4000 block of Eldorado Ave. in Northwest Baltimore was arrested on warrants charging him in the fatal shooting of Monique Penn, 28, of the 1400 block of Argyle Ave. on June 16, 1997, and an assault and robbery in October 1997, said Sgt. Scott Rowe, a spokesman for the city Police Department.

State police, the FBI, Baltimore County police and officers in a multiagency drug task force joined in the arrest in the 10900 block of Huntcliff Drive. Reid, who police said was carrying a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, was being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center in Baltimore.

In Baltimore City

Body of city worker found in his Federal Street home

The body of a municipal water department worker, who had been shot several times, was discovered about 10 a.m. yesterday in the bedroom of his East Baltimore home, police said.

Detective Vernon J. Parker said Clarence Whetstone, 32, of the 2700 block of E. Federal St. was shot several times in the chest Tuesday night or early yesterday by an unknown assailant. Whetstone's cousin found the body, Parker said.

He said neighbors last saw Whetstone alive about 8 p.m. Tuesday as he left his house.

Education Department gives grant to learning center

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a $399,193 grant yesterday to the Collington Square 21st Community Learning Center in East Baltimore, the office of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings announced.

The center will use the grant to provide homework assistance, remedial instruction and tutorial and other services to 500 pupils and 300 community residents beginning this summer.

The center, at Collington Square Elementary School in the 1400 block of N. Collington Ave., is operated under the auspices of the city school system.

`Celebration of Life' set at arboretum Saturday

Survivors Against Violence Everywhere and the Family Bereavement Center of the state's attorney's office will hold "A Celebration of Life" at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Garden for Victims of Homicide at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave.

SAVE is a victims advocacy group. The bereavement center was established in 1990 to coordinate services to family members of city homicide victims. Those attending Saturday should bring a long-stemmed flower.

Information: 410-396-1897.

Urban League opens second Communities On-line center

The Baltimore Urban League opened a second Communities On-line technology center yesterday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library branch at 5001 Park Heights Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

The center offers online training in word processing and database management and other skills. It was made possible, in part, with a $25,000 grant from Bell Atlantic-Maryland.

Communities On-line is a neighborhood network dedicated to education through technology. The program seeks to help residents become self-sufficient, employable and economically self-reliant. Another center is at league headquarters, 512 Orchard St.

Pub Date: 4/29/99

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