In Baltimore City
Teen-age boy dies in east-side shooting near earlier incident
A 15-year-old boy was found fatally shot early yesterday on a street in East Baltimore by police officers investigating another -- and apparently unrelated -- shooting, authorities reported.
Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said that Eastern District officers were investigating a nonfatal shooting in the 1200 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. about 2 a.m. when they learned that a teen-age male had been shot a few blocks to the east, in the 1300 block of N. Montford Ave.
The young victim, Aaron Epps of the 1800 block of N. Washington St., was found bleeding from a gunshot wound to his left side and died about 30 minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Anyone with information about the homicide was asked to call Detective Blane Vucci at 410-396-2100.
Police interview owner of car in which body found
City police have found and interviewed the owner of a car that was set ablaze -- along with a body in its trunk -- behind a West Baltimore apartment building early Sunday.
Homicide Detective Mike Glenn said the owner, a resident of the 900 block of Pennsylvania Ave., told of lending his 1997 Infiniti Q45 several days earlier to a man -- who apparently was the one found burned in the trunk as firefighters extinguished the blaze near the Winchester Apartments in the 2500 block of Winchester St.
Glenn said the car, along with the victim, had been doused with a flammable fluid and set afire shortly before 5 a.m. Police were still trying to confirm his identity and awaiting a report from the state medical examiner's office on the cause of death.
Return of Sunday service of subway `huge success'
The Maryland Transit Administration has declared the first month of renewed Sunday service of the Metro subway "a huge success," averaging more than 17,000 riders each day.
Ridership ranged from 16,118 on Sept. 16 -- the Sunday after the terrorist attacks -- to 18,219 on Sept. 9, opening day for the Baltimore Ravens. Sunday fares were waived in September. Sunday service had not operated since 1992, when average ridership was about 4,000.
Sunday service was reinstituted at an annual operating cost of $2.8 million, including a feeder bus system, as part of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's plan to double mass transit ridership by 2020, the MTA said.
In Baltimore County
Hawthorne Elementary to be closed again today
MIDDLE RIVER -- Hawthorne Elementary School will be closed again today as Baltimore County school officials await results of further tests for airborne asbestos around a first-floor bathroom.
The school has been closed this week after a construction accident Friday night released asbestos fibers into the air. A large section of the building was sealed off and most of the air samples have returned clean enough to allow the school to reopen, said Sharon Norman, a school system spokeswoman. Officials are going to sample the bathroom air again, she said.
"I hope we'll be able to reopen" tomorrow, Norman said.
Park teacher to represent state in national contest
BROOKLANDVILLE -- Deborah Roffman, a teacher at the Park School, was chosen to represent Maryland in a national "Favorite Teacher" competition.
Roffman, a teacher for 30 years and author of the book Sex and Sensibility: The Thinking Parent's Guide to Talking Sense About Sex, was selected last month by the Maryland Federation of Republican Women.
The Favorite Teacher competition is sponsored by the National Federation of Republican Women. The Maryland group is affiliated with the national federation.
County mental health fair scheduled for Oct. 10
COCKEYSVILLE -- The fourth annual Baltimore County Town Meeting and Mental Health Fair is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Oregon Ridge Park on Shawan Road.
The meeting, sponsored by the county Department of Health in cooperation with other agencies, will feature information about mental health services in the county.
Admission and parking are free. Those planning to attend should call 410-235-1178, Ext. 202.