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City/County Digest

January 19, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Disabled boy, 3, left on empty bus 4 hours after school pickup

HILLENDALE -- A 3-year-old boy was left on a school bus for nearly four hours yesterday, and education officials and county police are investigating the incident.

Officials discovered the disabled youngster asleep around 1 p.m., about four hours after he was picked up for a half-day school session at Halstead Academy, which offers special education programs and prekindergarten. His parents called the school when the boy did not return home around noon.

Halstead personnel searched the school at 1111 Halstead Road, then went to a bus lot on Kenwood Avenue, where they found the boy. "We are dismayed," said Charles A. Herndon, county schools spokesman. "I think everyone in the school system is shaken up by this."

Western Tech graduate wins vocational skills competition

TOWSON -- Richard Klein, a 1997 graduate of Western School of Technology and Science, won first place recently in the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America world skills competition in Montreal.

Klein competed against contestants from 14 countries in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, or HVACR, category.

Klein, a service technician for Baltimore Gas and Electric Commercial Buildings Systems, will serve as an ambassador for Baltimore County and the HVACR industry during the next year.

Fire Museum to conduct Great Baltimore Fire tour

LUTHERVILLE -- The Fire Museum of Maryland will conduct a Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 tour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 6.

The tour begins at the museum, 1301 York Road, with a brief discussion of the fire, which burned for two days and destroyed 140 acres of downtown Baltimore. Guests will be bused to the site to learn about the cause and the damage. Refreshments will be served afterward at the museum.

The cost of the tour is $25 a person. Information and reservations: 410-321-7500.

All-County Chorus and Band to perform at Overlea High

OVERLEA -- The All-County Chorus and Band has scheduled two performances at Overlea High School.

The chorus will appear at 7: 30 p.m. on Jan. 31. The band will appear the next night, also at 7: 30. Admission is free.

Information: Baltimore County Music Office, 410-887-4024.

In Baltimore City

Ex-insurance agent indicted in $22,000 theft of premiums

A former insurance agent was arrested on theft and fraud charges at his Fleet Street home late last week and was being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center last night on $10,000 bond, according to the Maryland Attorney General and jail officials.

Authorities said Ernest Davis Ginter Jr., 57, of the 2300 block of Fleet St. near Fells Point is charged with stealing more than $22,000 in insurance premiums belonging to a client.

Ginter also is charged with acting as an insurance agent, broker and administrator without a license, according to the Attorney General's office, which said the defendant's license was revoked by the Maryland Insurance Administration in 1994 for stealing premiums of another client.

Mercy High School to hold conference for young writers

Mercy High School's Young Writers Conference of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4 at the all-girls school at 1300 E. Northern Parkway.

The conference includes workshops in short story writing, personal narrative, journalism, poetry and play-writing. The staff will include professional writers and writing teachers.

A pizza lunch will be served. The cost is $10, and preregistration by Feb. 29 is required. Information: Mercy High at 410-433-8880.

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