In Baltimore City Learning center plans to expand...

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August 21, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Learning center plans to expand, increase enrollment to 600

South Baltimore Learning Center launched a major expansion yesterday at a ceremony featuring Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Mayor Martin O'Malley.

The center, in a 105-year-old former Southern District police station on East Ostend Street, has raised $1.8 million from public and private sources to add classrooms, lounges and computer labs to accommodate 600 adult learners, a 200-student increase.

Officials said they would maintain features of the Romanesque Revival steel-frame building, which the center has occupied for a decade. The learning center became the building's owner last year after the former NationsBank, Baltimore City and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development released liens on the property.

Police arrest man accused of setting 2 women on fire

A man suspected of tossing a flammable liquid onto his girlfriend and her grandmother and setting them on fire during a confrontation in a Southwest Baltimore rowhouse has been arrested, police said.

William L. Spencer, 21, of the 2400 block of Presbury St. was arrested without incident late Sunday at an undisclosed location in Northeast Baltimore by members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force. Spencer is charged with arson and attempted first-degree murder, police said.

In the incident July 15 at her home in the 400 block of Parrish St., Sandra Jeffries, 62, suffered second- and third-degree burns over most of her body and has remained in critical condition at the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, police said. The girlfriend suffered minor injuries.

Mother sentenced for role in heroin operation

The mother of a Jessup businessman convicted under the federal drug kingpin law for supplying Baltimore heroin dealers with drug paraphernalia received her own 10-year prison sentence yesterday for aiding and abetting her son's business.

Wilhelmina Anderson, 56, of Glen Arm Road in Baltimore County also must serve five years of supervised release. She was convicted of helping her son, John David Anderson, 37, run a paraphernalia business that supplied dealers with mannitol, a commercial food sweetener used in heroin sales, as well as other items.

John Anderson was sentenced last week to 20 years in prison. His conviction last year in U.S. District Court in Baltimore marked the first time in the country that the kingpin statute had been applied to paraphernalia dealers who were not directly selling narcotics.

In Baltimore County

This is Adopt a Pet Month at animal rights association

REISTERSTOWN - August is Adopt a Pet Month at the Association for Animal Rights Adopt A Pet Center, 67 Main St.

The center has cats and dogs for adoption. It also is seeking volunteers. Information: 410-526- 5224.

Fund-raising fair slated for next month in Parkville

PARKVILLE - The 18th annual Parkville Towne Centre Fair will be held Sept. 9 at Harford Road and Taylor Avenue.

The fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. will feature food, entertainment, exhibits from community groups, churches and schools, and arts and crafts and games. The event is a fund-raiser for Maryland School for the Blind, Little People's Research Fund and Parkville High School Music Department.

Information: 410-665-0100.

Immunizations offered at Essex Health Center

ESSEX - The Baltimore County Department of Health will offer free immunizations from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at Essex Health Center, 1538 Country Ridge Lane.

No appointment is necessary, but children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult who can sign consent forms. The department also asks that a child's immunization record be brought to the clinic.

Information: 410-887-2705.

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