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August 06, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Group home caregiver accused of neglecting four under her care

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.

In Baltimore City

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 who 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.

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