In Baltimore County County schools have serious...

City/County Digest

August 09, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

County schools have serious shortage of cafeteria employees

TOWSON -- Baltimore County schools are experiencing a serious shortage of cafeteria workers, according to school officials.

When the economy is booming, school systems find it more difficult to fill the jobs, which are typically part time, said Karen Levenstein, operations supervisor with the county's Office of Food and Nutrition Services. Most Baltimore County cafeteria employees work in a kitchen at a middle or high school that serves several satellite schools.

To fill the vacant posts before the school year starts Aug. 30, Levenstein has set up orientation sessions for potential employees at 9 a.m. tomorrow at General John Stricker Middle School in Gray Manor, and 9 a.m. Thursday at Parkville Middle School in Parkville. Information: 410-887-7855.

Title company operator gets 90 days for embezzling

TOWSON -- The former operator of Landmark Title Co. in Reisterstown was sentenced to three years in prison, with all but 90 days suspended, after pleading guilty to embezzling almost $120,000 in customer escrow funds.

Steven L. Friedman, 53, of Reisterstown was sentenced last week by Baltimore Circuit Judge J. Norris Byrnes. Byrnes ordered Friedman to make restitution of $119,283 to Landmark's title insurance underwriter, Old Republic Title Insurance Co.

Byrnes also barred Friedman from acting as an escrow agent or a fiduciary during a five-year probation. According to a statement of facts, Friedman illegally transferred money in real estate settlement funds from Landmark's escrow accounts to its operating accounts, then spent the money on business and personal expenses.

Loch Raven High School recognized for art programs

TOWSON -- Loch Raven High School has received an award for outstanding achievement in arts promotion from the National Art Education Association.

The high school was recognized recently for meeting or exceeding nationally established standards set by the NAEA.

"The NAEA Program Standards Award is an exceptionally notable distinction," said NAEA executive director Thomas A. Hatfield. "I compliment Loch Raven High School and the Baltimore County school board for so ably serving the community and students."

In Baltimore City

Man beaten with metal pipe, killed is identified by police

Bernard Smith, 53, was identified yesterday by police as the man beaten with a metal pipe and fatally stabbed Friday night during an argument with a resident of a group home for the homeless and mentally ill in the 3600 block of W. Belvedere Ave. in Northwest Baltimore. Smith also lived at the home.

Police said Kaghal Coleman, 21, who moved into the Pimlico group home a few months ago, surrendered to Baltimore County police early Saturday and was charged by city police with first-degree murder. Coleman was being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center, pending a bail review hearing.

Body of missing city man is found near Key Bridge

The body of Harold C. Howell, a West Baltimore man who was missing after his boat sank Saturday evening in the Patapsco River, was found near Key Bridge yesterday by Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Susan O'Brien, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources, said Howell's body was found at 10 a.m. near where the boat sank. Police began dragging the area at 8 a.m.

Four other people on the boat with Howell, 41, of the 1600 block of N. Fulton Ave. were rescued about 5: 45 p.m., shortly after a distress signal went out, O'Brien said.

Boy, 16, dies, another teen injured in east-side shooting

A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot and another male teen-ager wounded about 4: 20 p.m. yesterday in the 2200 block of E. Biddle St., police said, adding they knew of no motive and had no suspect.

The 16-year-old died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the other victim was treated for a foot wound and released, police said. Their identities were withheld pending notification of family members.

Disabilities board seeks nominees for work award

The Mayor's Commission on Disabilities is seeking nominations for its annual Excellence in Employment awards.

The awards go to outstanding public- and private-sector employees with disabilities who have displayed exceptional ability and determination in re-entering the workplace.

Nomination forms must be postmarked by Aug. 27. Information: 410-396-1894.

Suspicious fire damages two CSX railroad cars

A suspicious fire extensively damaged at least two CSX railroad cars containing lumber and pallets last night in South Baltimore, a Fire Department spokesman reported.

Capt. John Fish said the fire in the 3000 block of Nieman Ave. in the Silver Lake section was reported at 7: 24 p.m. Firefighters took more than an hour to get it under control. No injuries were reported.

Pub Date: 8/09/99

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