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In Baltimore County

9 convicted, sentenced for their involvement in Lochearn dogfight

TOWSON -- Nine men have been convicted for their involvement in a dog fight in March that drew dozens of spectators to the Lochearn area and left several pit bull terriers bleeding.

Prosecutor Adam Lippe said yesterday that as many as 70 people were watching fights at a home in the 4000 block of Buckingham Road when police broke up the gathering March 20. Twelve dogs were taken to the county animal shelter. The convictions in Towson District Court brought jail sentences ranging from 30 days to 18 months, Lippe said.

Willie Watson, 43, drew the harshest sentence. Convicted of fighting with a dog and having a disorderly house for holding the fight, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison on the first charge and six months on the second, and was fined $3,000.

100 teaching positions need filling before Aug. 30 start

TOWSON -- The school system has about 100 teaching positions to fill before the school year starts Aug. 30, said John Smeallie, director of personnel.

"Hiring this year has been affected by the teacher shortage more than last year, but at this point I don't anticipate opening schools with more vacancies than before," said Smeallie, whose department has hired 650 teachers since March.

To improve teacher recruitment, especially in math and special education, the county might start a certification program for inexperienced teachers and an expanded partnership with teacher-training colleges outside Maryland, he said. Information: 410-887-4150.

Dog, cat food donations sought for homeless animals

DUNDALK -- Donations of dry dog and cat food for homeless animals are being sought by A Dog's Day of Beauty, 7214 Holabird Ave., for weekly distribution.

Owner Jean Tirschman said the food is taken each weekend to alleys, abandoned properties and other areas in Baltimore City and Baltimore County where homeless animals live.

Information: Dundalk chapter of Alley Animals Inc., 410-285-8180.

In Baltimore City

Man charged in bank holdup apparent suicide near home

A man released on bond after he was charged in the armed robbery of a Timonium bank last week shot and killed himself yesterday when Baltimore County police tried to serve him with a second warrant near his home in the 800 block of W. Lombard St., the FBI said.

Andre Swann, 37, was pronounced dead about 1 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of a gunshot wound to the head, said Peter Gullota, spokesman for the Baltimore FBI office.

Swann was charged by county police with the July 21 robbery of First Mariner Bank, in the 1700 block of York Road, and was released Friday on $100,000 bond. The FBI decided to bring federal charges against him, and when county police went to arrest him, Swann shot himself, Gullota said.

Local steel drum orchestra will perform in Cherry Hill

The Baltimore Islanders Steel Orchestra, a steel drum band, will perform at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the Cherry Hill Shopping Plaza, 600 Cherry Hill Road in southern Baltimore.

Band members also conduct free classes in steel drums for children ages 11 to 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Webster M. Kendricks Recreation Center, 4130 Callaway Ave. in Northwest Baltimore until Aug. 12. Students will perform in a free concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 20.

Free classes also will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at St. Veronica Parish Hall, 805 Cherry Hill Road, until November. After schools open, classes will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Information: Anthony Mcfarlane, 410-986-5449.

Pub Date: 7/29/99

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