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Ex-Catholic Charities worker pleads guilty to theft from clients

A former Catholic Charities social worker pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to stealing more than $14,000 from eight clients with mental or physical disabilities, the Maryland attorney general's office said.

Wanda Marie Wilson, 53, of the 100 block of Tregarone Road in Timonium stole the money between 1997 and 1999 and pleaded guilty to eight counts of felony theft, the attorney general's office said. Wilson was a program administrator for Catholic Charities' Congregate Housing Services, which provides meals, personal care and case management at several residential centers.

Sentencing was set for June 5. She could be sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $1,000, the attorney general's office said.

2 researchers win awards for developmental biology

The March of Dimes awarded its annual prize in developmental biology yesterday to two researchers whose discoveries have led to a better understanding of how the brain is "wired" and what goes wrong in birth defects and adult diseases.

The awards, presented at the Harbor Court Hotel, went to Dr. Corey S. Goodman, professor of neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr. Thomas M. Jessell, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Columbia University in New York. They will share equally in a $100,000 award.

Independently, the scientists discovered ways in which brain cells take on specialized roles and make connections to other cells in the developing organism. Dr. Jennifer Howse, March of Dimes president, said the findings could lead to drugs and gene therapies for neurological disorders.

Police identify three men killed separately last week

Police identified yesterday three men who were slain in separate incidents last week. No arrests had been made and motives remain unknown.

Antonio Travers, 26, was stabbed by an unknown assailant about 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of E. North Ave., police said. Travers of the 6900 block of McClean Blvd. died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Antoine Holley, 23, of the 1700 block of Baker St. was shot twice in the back about 10 p.m. April 24 in the 4600 block of Reisterstown Road and was pronounced dead a short time later at Sinai Hospital, police said. About 1 a.m. that day, William Richards, 21, of the 3000 block of Oakley Ave. in Pimlico was found fatally shot in a car parked in the 5000 block of Chalgrove Ave., about six blocks from his home, police said.

In Baltimore County

Musicians whose Fla. trip fell through will play May 15

PERRY HALL -- Perry Hall High School students who were supposed to perform at a music competition in Florida before their plans were scrapped because of a ticket mishap will perform May 15 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall instead.

The free concert by the school's orchestra and chorus will begin at 7 p.m. Members of the two musical groups also will travel to Six Flags America near Washington where they will perform May 18. Information: 410-887-5108.

5,000 new and used books for sale at library branch

RANDALLSTOWN -- The Friends of the Randallstown Library are conducting a book sale of more than 5,000 new and used books at the library, 8604 Liberty Road, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The books, almost all of which were donated, include fiction, nonfiction, adult, children's and Russian language volumes, most priced at $2 or less. Information: 410-887-0773.

Villa Maria students to hold Ghana Fun Fest

TIMONIUM -- Students at Villa Maria School will hold a Ghana Fun Fest on Thursday as part of a fund-raiser to help pen pals who live in West Africa.

Villa Maria students will make pen and pencil pouches and fill them with writing implements. They will experience Ghanaian life by using chew sticks instead of toothbrushes and playing musical instruments.

Villa Maria School, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, is run by Catholic Charities and serves children with behavioral and emotional problems. The Ghana Fun Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Information: 410-521-4813.

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