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September 25, 2001|By From staff reports

Turnbull appointed administrative judge in 3rd Judicial Circuit

TOWSON -- Judge John Grason Turnbull II has been appointed administrative judge for the Third Judicial Circuit, a position that gives him oversight of the Harford and Baltimore County circuit courts.

Turnbull, 58, was selected by Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell to replace Judge Edward A. DeWaters, who announced last month that he will retire Oct. 31. DeWaters also served as chief judge, a title that goes to the most senior judge on the county bench. Judge J. William Hinkel will assume that post.

The appointment means no raise in Turnbull's $115,000 salary. But it does mean he will be responsible for overseeing budgetary matters, security concerns and personnel issues in both circuit court systems.

2 teen-agers charged with setting off bombs

MIDDLE RIVER -- Two neighborhood teen-agers have been charged with blowing up homemade bombs in the fields behind Seneca Elementary School in Middle River on Sunday night. No one was hurt, and Baltimore County police said they do not believe the teens planned to damage the school.

Police were called about 7:40 p.m., and the teens ran off when they arrived, said police spokeswoman Cpl. Vickie Warehime. Officers called in the bomb squad, which found seven "destructive devices," she said, adding that the ingredients were "common household items."

The teens, ages 14 and 16, face a felony charge of possessing an incendiary device and misdemeanor charges of trespassing, reckless endangerment and destruction of property. A third teen, a 16-year- old, also is being sought.

Award-winning novelist to speak Oct. 17 at Towson

TOWSON -- Tim O'Brien, a National Book Award-winning novelist, will speak Oct. 17 at Towson University's Towson Center.

O'Brien, author of Going After Cacciato, The Things They Carried and In the Lake of the Woods, had been scheduled to speak Sept. 13 at Towson but the lecture was postponed because of the terrorist attacks.

O'Brien will speak at 7:30 p.m. and will sign books after his talk. The lecture is free to Towson University students, faculty and staff, and $5 for others. Tickets: 410-704- 2244.

Heritage society schedules Essex walking tour Sunday

ESSEX -- The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River will hold its sixth annual historical walking tour of Essex from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The tour will be led by historian Paul M. Blitz. It begins and ends at the society's museum, 516 Eastern Blvd. The cost is $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

This year's tour is being held in conjunction with the 33rd anniversary of the society and the 26th anniversary of the museum. Reservations: 410-574-6934.

Meeting tonight to discuss regional park's next phase

RANDALLSTOWN -- The Department of Recreation and Parks has scheduled a community meeting tonight on the next phase of development at Northwest Regional Park in Owings Mills.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the library of Deer Park Middle School, 9830 Winands Road in Randallstown. Discussion will focus on development of the area west of Deer Park Road. Information: 410-887-3806.

In Baltimore City

Girl, 4, in good condition after stabbing at home

A 4-year-old Northeast Baltimore girl was stabbed yesterday afternoon at her home and police were questioning an 18-year-old male relative in connection with the incident, city police said.

The girl was stabbed in the stomach and an arm about 12:30 p.m. in the 5300 block of Sinclair Lane while the relative was child-sitting, police said.

Police and paramedics went to the girl's home in response to a 911 call. She was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was listed in good condition yesterday evening, police said.

The girl's name and that of the relative being questioned were not divulged, and the incident was being investigated by officers in the department's child abuse section.

Group aiding grandparents schedules awards show

The Grandparents' Plus Worldwide Foundation, a nonprofit organization that primarily assists custodial grandparents, is holding its first awards gala Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight, and will feature gospel music by Kenneth Ward, a jazz quintet and a fashion show.

Admission is a $40 donation. Information: 410-664-0863.

Councilman Handy changes name to Kwame Abayomi

The Rev. Norman A. Handy Sr., a Southwest Baltimore city councilman, has changed his name to Kwame Osayaba Abayomi.

The 6th District Democrat has been using the name since Sept. 5, when he was notified that his legal petition for the change had been approved. He said he decided on the new name after a visit to Africa in November. While in Cape Coast, Ghana, he said he had an epiphany after burying a lock of his hair in the sand. "I actually felt myself arriving at home, spiritually," he said. "I wanted that homeland of mine to remain a part of me so I changed my name."

The councilman said he named himself after Kwame Nkrumah, who led Ghana in its fight for independence from British colonial rule. He said his middle name means "one who is forgiven" and his last name means "one who is good to his people."

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