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August 06, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Girl, 7, drowns in Herring Run while playing with cousin

A 7-year-old girl drowned yesterday when she fell into Herring Run in Northeast Baltimore, police said.

Police spokeswoman Ragina Cooper said the girl and a male cousin, 10, were playing in the water in Herring Run Park near the 2200 block of Chesterfield Ave. about 5 p.m. when the girl slipped on a rock and fell into the water. Two men who were nearby pulled her from the water.

Nichelle Godwin of the 5500 block of Bowleys Lane was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital a short time later, Cooper said.

Man killed, teen wounded in Federal Street shooting

A man was killed and a teen-age boy was critically wounded yesterday in a shooting in East Baltimore.

Shawn L. Thompson, 21, of the 4300 block of Loch Raven Blvd. and James Jefferson, 17, of the 1600 block of E. Oliver St. were each shot at least once in the chest by an unknown assailant about 4: 50 p.m. in the 1800 block of E. Federal St., said Agent Ragina Cooper, a police spokeswoman.

Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene, and Jefferson was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police knew of no suspects and had not determined a motive for the shooting.

National Aquarium to mark its 18th anniversary Sunday

To commemorate its 18th anniversary, the National Aquarium in Baltimore is celebrating Sunday by inviting everyone who is age 18 to visit free between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Visitors will be invited to sign a birthday card for a gray seal, a hawksbill turtle and other marine favorites that live at the Inner Harbor aquarium on Pier 3, East Pratt Street.

Visitors who are age 18 will need photo identification to enter free. Information: 410-576-3800.

Learning center enrolling adults for education classes

The South Baltimore Learning Center is enrolling adults for fall classes in basic education, pre-GED and GED instruction.

Beginning the week of Sept. 13, day and evening classes will be available at three locations to people older than age 18: 28 E. Ostend St., Brooklyn Public Library and Harbor Hospital Resource Center. Individual tutoring is available for beginning readers.

Most classes and tutoring are free. General Educational Development classes cost $35. All are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. A testing appointment can be made by calling 410-625-4215.

Woman's body found in Barclay apartment

The body of an unidentified woman was found yesterday in a three-story apartment building in the Barclay area.

Detective Roscoe Lewis said several tenants and area residents noticed an odor coming from the building in the 100 block of E. 22nd St. for the past few days and reported it about 5: 30 p.m. yesterday.

He said police found the body in a second-floor front room.

In Baltimore County

Group home caregiver accused of neglect

WOODLAWN -- A caregiver at a group home for mentally disabled people has been arrested on charges of neglect and reckless endangerment, Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. announced yesterday.

Stephanie Wright, an employee of Emerge Inc., which operates the home, is accused of endangering the lives of four people by leaving them alone in the house in the 1900 block of Winder Road in Woodlawn before it caught fire July 29.

The charges said Wright left for more than an hour to visit her boyfriend. The fire apparently was caused by candles. All four residents were treated for possible smoke inhalation at hospitals and released. The case is being prosecuted by the attorney general's office because the facility receives Medicaid funding.

Gas mainline ruptures; roads close to repair leak

PIKESVILLE -- Portions of Interstate 695 and westbound Reisterstown Road were closed yesterday while Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. repaired a mainline gas leak.

The line, which serves about 10,000 customers, ruptured early yesterday at Reisterstown Road and Hooks Lane, west of the Beltway. The repair work caused traffic delays, with construction forcing motorists to take alternative routes.

Volunteers sought to aid with nursing home problems

TOWSON -- The county Department of Aging's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers to investigate and resolve nursing home problems and complaints by direct involvement with residents, families, personnel and other involved parties.

Training and continuing education will be provided and a commitment of six months' participation is asked of volunteers, who must be at least age 21.

The next training program will be held from 5: 30 to 8 p.m. the evenings of Oct. 20, 21, 25 and 27; and from 9: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18. The enrollment deadline is Oct. 5. Information: 410-887-4200.

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