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In Baltimore County

Alcohol ruled out as factor in crash that killed four

TOWSON -- Toxicology tests have shown that alcohol was not a factor in a weekend car accident that left four dead, including three high school students, county police said yesterday.

Speed and driver error are believed to have caused the collision Friday night in Glen Arm, police spokesman Bill Toohey said.

Wayne Steven Weller Jr., a Loch Raven High School senior who would have graduated on Saturday, was killed instantly when his car swerved into the path of a car driven by John Howard Edwards, who also died in the accident. Weller's two passengers -- Tara Berg and Sheila Rosner, both 16 -- also Loch Raven students, died the next day.

52 will graduate today from police recruit training

TOWSON -- The 106th Police Recruit Class for the county will graduate today, police said.

Fifty-two graduates will attend the ceremonies at Notre Dame Preparatory School, and 46 of them will be assigned to the county police. Three others will join the Housing Authority, two will become Towson University officers and one will work in the Baltimore City School Police Department.

Edwin F. Hale Sr., chief executive officer of First Mariner Bank, will address members of the class, who will begin their new assignments May 31.

Captain, 34, named head of county police academy

TOWSON -- Capt. Howard Hall has been named head of the Baltimore County Police Academy, officials said yesterday.

Hall, 34, has been with the police department since 1986, said spokesman Bill Toohey. He succeeds Joseph N. McGowan, who retired as academy head this year.

The academy is on the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

In Baltimore City

Poverty center to sponsor fair in support of children

The Center for Poverty Solutions is sponsoring a Stand for Children Day Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Loch Raven WIC Clinic, 4417 Loch Raven Blvd.

The fair will feature a petting zoo, face-painting and other activities and a workshop on ending violence in children's lives.

It is one of more than 1,500 events being held around the country in honor of Stand for Children Day 1999 and is free and open to the public. Information: 410-366-0600, Ext. 140.

U.S. Catholic group forgives Baltimore debt

In response to Pope John Paul II's call to forgive debts in preparation for the Third Millennium, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. Roman Catholic Church's anti-poverty program, has forgiven a $71,775 debt owed by the South Baltimore Learning Center.

The center is organizing a $1.5 million capital campaign to purchase and renovate the building it occupies, a historic former police station at 28 E. Ostend St.

During the campaign, center officials discovered there were three liens on the building, including one from the campaign that was granted to the building's one-time owner, the defunct Baltimore Jobs in Energy Project. CCHD forgave the lien as its contribution to the capital campaign.

Man gets life, no parole in fatal shooting of teen

A 21-year-old man who fatally shot another man he had been gambling with was sentenced yesterday to life without parole plus 70 years by Circuit Judge John C. Themelis.

Mark Anthony Hemphill of the 5100 block of Ivanhoe Ave. was convicted March 29 of first-degree murder in the death of Christopher Claude Bailey, 18, in October 1996.

Themelis also sentenced Hemphill, who was charged in three other killings, to 20 years for using a handgun in commission of a felony; 20 years for the attempted robbery of the victim and 30 years for the armed carjacking of Bailey, who lived in the 700 block of E. 41st St.

Pub Date: 5/27/99

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