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Regional Digest

July 11, 1999

In Anne Arundel County

Police identify body found in cornfield as Washington man's

Anne Arundel County police identified yesterday a man whose body was found Friday in a cornfield near Waysons Corner as Curtis Ray Rawlings, 35, of the 1900 block of Naylor Road in Southeast Washington.

Police said a motorist on Plummer Lane in southwestern Anne Arundel spotted Rawlings' body amid flattened stalks and called authorities about 12: 25 p.m. Friday.

Police believe Rawlings was fatally shot in Washington. Detectives are searching for the vehicle in which Rawlings was last seen -- a blue-gray 1998 Ford Expedition with temporary Maryland tag 4935. Anyone with information is asked to call Anne Arundel County police at 410-222-8610.

In Baltimore City

Kidnapped girl, 3, found; homeless woman charged

A 3-year-old Rosemont girl who was abducted Friday from outside a convenience store was found uninjured early yesterday sleeping on a grassy hill in West Baltimore, alongside a homeless woman later charged with her kidnapping, police reported. Patrice Barr, of the 2400 block of Winchester St., was examined by a doctor and determined not to have been harmed. On Friday afternoon, a woman ran off with Patrice in the 800 block of E. Fayette St. Police officers and the girl's father, James Barr, 29, found her in the 2700 block of West Lanvale St. about 2 a.m. yesterday.

Anita Doreen Davis, 29, who often panhandles downtown and near the Inner Harbor, was charged with kidnapping yesterday. She was being held at Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center pending a bail hearing.

Man, 35, dies in fall from pavilion at city pool

A 35-year-old East Baltimore man was found dead early yesterday after he fell from the municipal pool pavilion in Clifton Park to concrete below, police said.

Thomas Hance Sr., of the 1700 block of Darley Ave., died of head injuries after he plunged over a 3-foot-high concrete wall and fell 18 feet to the ground while apparently bicycling in the pavilion, police said. He was found about 6 a.m.; a bicycle believed to be his was found in the pavilion.

Homicide detectives determined Hance fell over the wall and said his death was accidental.

In Baltimore County

Police search for woman missing after crab feast

Baltimore County police are searching for a 20-year-old Virginia woman who was last seen Friday at a crab feast in Woodlawn.

Police said Cheri Johnson, who moved Tuesday from Richmond, Va., to Washington, was at Martin's West on Dogwood Road on Friday, hours after her husband, Carlton Johnson, 25, chased her in his Mitsubishi Mirage -- Virginia plates, YTW-7193 -- and threatened to kill her. Police would like to question him.

The missing woman is black, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has brown eyes and medium-length black hair, and was wearing a floppy white hat, a long, sleeveless red knit dress, a white sweater and black sandals. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-887-2198.

In Montgomery County

School chief's compensation approaches $300,000

The Montgomery County Board of Education approved late Friday a contract for new schools chief Jerry Weast that is worth nearly $300,000 with benefits and will make him one of the highest-paid public officials in the nation.

The deal, which includes moving expenses and a pension, would pay Weast a base salary of $237,000, or about 50 percent more than departing Superintendent Paul L. Vance was paid. That makes him the third-highest-paid school superintendent in the country and better paid than the governor and the president of the United States.

Weast, who is expected to begin his new job Aug. 1, will sign the contract after he is released from his current contract with the Guilford County School District in Greensboro, N.C., school officials said.

Pub Date: 7/11/99

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