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November 02, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Va. DWI charge is reduced against county police captain

TOWSON -- A Baltimore County police captain who was charged with driving while intoxicated in June after he was stopped on Interstate 95 in Virginia had the charge reduced to reckless driving this week.

Capt. John A. Spiroff, former commander of the Wilkens precinct, was sentenced Tuesday in Prince William County General District Court to a six-month suspended jail sentence. Spiroff also had his driver's license suspended for six months and was fined $1,500, a court spokeswoman said.

Spiroff was removed as Wilkens precinct commander after he was charged with DWI, and assigned to administrative duties. Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman, said officials will review Spiroff's case.

Program on Islamic religion, culture scheduled for Sunday

TOWSON -- Dr. Syed Habeeb Ashruf, past president of the Islamic Society of Baltimore, will speak about Islamic religion and culture at the Fellowship Hall of Towson United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The program, "Promoting Understanding: A Conversation with Dr. Ashruf, Our Muslim Neighbor," will include questions from the audience. The Rev. David Cooney, church pastor, will moderate.

Towson United Methodist is at Hampton Lane and Dulaney Valley Road at Exit 27B of the Beltway.

Schools outreach program honored by national group

TOWSON -- An innovative Baltimore County schools outreach program for parents earned top honors this week from the National Association of Partners in Education at its annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Parentmobile, launched in October 1999, transformed an old school bus into a high-tech "one-stop shop" for parents to learn more about the school system. It visits fairs, apartments, workplaces and more and provides on-board videos, computers and learning activities, including a play area. More than 6,000 people have been reached in two years, the school said.

The Parentmobile also will be honored at a congressional awards reception early next year, officials said.

Youth orchestras to play at community college

ESSEX -- The orchestras of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Association will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in the College Center Theater at the Community College of Baltimore County, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

The concert, the first of the association's 25th season, will feature the local premiere of Harlem Essay by Daniel Bernard Roumain and a variety of classical works.

Admission is $7 for adults, and $3 for students and senior citizens. Information: 410-780-6914.

In Baltimore City

Officer indicted on charges of theft surrenders

A city police officer indicted Wednesday by a city grand jury on misconduct and felony theft charges was arrested yesterday, and fired by Commissioner Edward T. Norris.

Christopher M. Beebe, 28, who was nearing the end of his probationary first year with the department and was assigned to the Southwestern District, surrendered yesterday and was being held at Central Booking and Intake Center, said police spokeswoman Ragina C. Averella.

Beebe, of the 3500 block of Fieldcreek Way in Fullerton, was tested in an integrity sting Oct. 23, when police placed drugs and nearly $800 in an alley and called dispatchers to report it. Police said Beebe turned in the drugs but not the money.

Pride of Baltimore II to be open to visitors

Pride of Baltimore II, which returned recently from its Great Lakes trip, will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at its Inner Harbor dock.

The 173-foot schooner, commissioned in 1988, participated in the Great Lakes Challenge during its summer tour -- a series of festivals and races sponsored by the American Sail Training Association. More than 75,000 visitors toured the Pride during its goodwill expedition, which included stops in Chicago and Cleveland.

Actors in 19th-century costume will greet visitors as they board the ship this weekend, as part of the ship's "living history" program.

Calvert School to hold open house tomorrow

The Calvert School, which plans to add a middle school next year, will hold an open house at 2 p.m. tomorrow for parents of children from prekindergarten through seventh grade.

Demolition of apartment buildings at nearby 4300 N. Charles St., a property the school acquired last year, is under way and the land will be the site of the middle school and playing fields, school officials said. Completion of the new building is expected in January 2003.

The private school at 105 Tuscany Road enrolls children from prekindergarten through sixth grade, and will add seventh grade in September and eighth grade in September 2003. Its middle school will encompass grades five through eight.

Homebuyers fair to be held at BCCC Liberty campus

A homebuyers fair offering information for prospective first-time owners will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Liberty campus of Baltimore City Community College, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave.

The fair -- sponsored by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat -- will include workshops on selecting a real estate agent, developing a credit history and choosing mortgages. Professionals from financial institutions, mortgage insurance companies and trade associations will provide information.

Information: 410-496-2010.

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