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May 20, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

School board OKs starting classes after Labor Day

TOWSON -- The county school board approved a calendar this week for the 2000-2001 school year that calls for classes to begin after Labor Day, the school system's first post-Labor Day opening since 1994.

The 2000-2001 school year will begin Sept. 5, 2000, and classes are scheduled to end June 22, 2001 -- though that date could change depending on the severity of winter weather. The later starting date comes as a result of a new board policy to begin classes after Labor Day when the holiday falls on or before Sept. 4.

The first day of classes for county students has been before Labor Day since the 1995-1996 school year. The 1999-2000 school year is scheduled to begin for students Aug. 30.

Household hazardous waste will be collected Saturday

TIMONIUM -- The county's spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, according to George Perdikakis, director of the Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management.

Representatives of the department will accept and process chemicals and materials from county residents at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Residents may bring paints, motor oil, anti-freeze, gasoline, cleaning solvents, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, swimming pool chemicals, mercury thermometers and other household chemical wastes.

Body found in home; believed to be woman missing for year

WOODMOOR -- Acting on a tip, police entered a Woodmoor-area home yesterday and found a body believed to be that of a woman who was reported missing more than a year ago. An autopsy has been ordered, police said.

Capt. Rustin Price of the homicide squad said officers got a search warrant and entered the house in the 7100 block of Bexhill Road about 5 p.m. and found the body in the basement. Price said Deborah Lynn Blunt, 34, who was reported missing by family members May 18, 1998, formerly resided in the home.

Price refused to say how long the woman might have been dead. He said positive identification was pending and occupants of the home were interviewed last night.

Loyola to hold open house for MBA weekend programs

TIMONIUM -- The Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College will hold an open house for its fast-track, weekend master of business administration programs from 5: 30 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 1 at the Loyola Graduate Center, Timonium campus, 2034 Greenspring Drive.

The Executive MBA and the MBA Fellows program are designed for the experienced professional. Both are accredited by the International Association for Management Education.

Information: 410-617-5064 or 800-221-9107, Ext. 5064.

In Baltimore City

Prison inmate charged in killings of man, woman

A man jailed for violating probation for an unrelated crime was charged yesterday in the slayings of a couple found dead May 9 in the bedroom of his Northwest Baltimore apartment, police said.

Detective Rich Purtell said Joseph S. Smith, 36, of the 4800 block of Reisterstown Road was taken from the Maryland Reception and Diagnostic Classification Center on a writ and charged with fatally shooting Darryl Bond, 38, his roommate, and Patricia Melton, 26, of Baltimore. Bond and Melton had been dead several days before police found their bodies.

Purtell said Smith was arrested after police received information about a suspect in the drug-related killings. He said Smith is being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

Preliminary autopsy inconclusive in death of man

Police said a preliminary autopsy yesterday found no signs of trauma on the body of an unidentified man who died Tuesday shortly after officers shot him with nylon bags filled with lead pellets. Additional tests are expected.

Police said the man was shot in the abdomen and lower chest about 4 p.m. after he threatened several officers with two syringes during a standoff in a vacant house in the 1800 block of Druid Hill Ave. in West Baltimore. He died about 6 p.m. at Maryland General Hospital.

The incident is being investigated by the Police Department's homicide squad and Internal Affairs Division.

Pub Date: 5/20/99

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