In Howard County, Man gets 5-year term for shooting...

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January 27, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Howard County, Man gets 5-year term for shooting driver's tire on Interstate 95

ELLICOTT CITY - A Prince George's County man was sentenced yesterday in Howard County Circuit Court for his role in a Father's Day "road rage" incident in which he shot out the tire of another motorist's car on Interstate 95.

William Franklin Shearer III, 29, of District Heights will serve five years in prison without parole. He had pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and felony handgun use for the incident, which he attributed to drinking.

Shearer had fired the gunshot as he and a friend drove home from an Orioles game June 18. Shearer had become angry at two occupants of another vehicle after a plastic bottle was thrown at the 1996 Ford Explorer in which he was riding. State police later found a .357-caliber Magnum revolver in the Explorer.

In Maryland

Leadership forum aimed at teens with disabilities

BOWIE - Young people with disabilities are invited to apply for a state program that encourages academics, leadership and independence. The Maryland Youth Leadership Forum brings together high school juniors and seniors from around the state who have disabilities ranging from deafness and mental retardation to learning problems.

During the four-day session at Bowie State University in July, students will learn about the history of the disability rights movement, work with a mentor and tour the State House.

Sponsors include the Maryland State Department of Education, the Governor's Office for Individuals with Disabilities and Independence Now. Information: Cathy Raggio, 301-277-2839.

In Baltimore City

Foundation announces $1.7 million in grants

The Knott Foundation has announced $1,697,778 in grants to 28 organizations in the Baltimore area.

The Baltimore foundation, which awards two rounds of grants per year, gave out $2,749,326 last year to 106 organizations.

The latest grants include: $71,860 to Literacy Works Inc., to establish an adult learning center at Whispering Woods in Chase; $67,000 to the South East Senior Housing Initiative to help make homes safer for the elderly poor in Baltimore; and $43,000 to furnish the children's room addition at the Enoch Pratt central library.

Poverty Solutions chief announces resignation

The Center for Poverty Solutions, a nonprofit anti-poverty group, has announced that Rob Hess, its president and chief executive officer, has resigned to take a position in Philadelphia overseeing that city's Office of Emergency and Shelter Services and the Riverview Nursing Home.

He will assume his new responsibilities in mid-March.

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