In Baltimore City Wife held in shooting of husband, who...

City/County Digest

November 30, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Wife held in shooting of husband, who then committed suicide

A 38-year-old woman was being held without bail yesterday on charges of drug possession and attempted murder in the shooting of her husband - an incident Tuesday that led to police seizing three handguns and 78 marijuana plants from their home and the husband's suicide in a police station interview room, authorities said.

James Barisse, 50, of the 2900 block of Gibbons Ave. had been left alone by detectives when he hanged himself with his belt in the room at the Northeastern District shortly before 7 p.m., police said. He had been shot in the cheek about noon and had driven himself to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of the facial wound.

Charged with attempted first-degree murder and possession of the marijuana plants that had been growing in the basement was Sandra Barisse. She was being held last night at the city jail.

College workers choose AFSCME representation

Employees at Baltimore City Community College, in an election yesterday, chose the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees as their bargaining agent.

The election covered 241 eligible full-time employees including campus police officers; office support, service and maintenance workers; and some professionals. The college has about 500 full-time and 700 part-time employees, according to its president, James D. Tschechtelin.

A unionizing effort at the college followed General Assembly passage of a collective bargaining law this year that allowed higher education workers to organize. The law took effect July 1, and BCCC employees were among the first to file for union representation. On Nov. 14, employees at Frostburg State University also voted for AFSCME representation.

Wheelchair basketball team to open season tomorrow

The Maryland Ravens wheelchair basketball team will open its 30th season tomorrow with a doubleheader against the Washington Ambassadors.

The games are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in the Herring Run Recreation Center at Moravia Road and Truesdale Avenue in Northeast Baltimore. The Ravens, funded in part by the therapeutic division of the city Department of Recreation and Parks, had a 9-0 record last year.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome. For a schedule or information about the team, call 410- 679-9264 or visit its Web site at www.mdravens.org.

In Baltimore County

Power outage delays start of school at Battle Grove

NORTH POINT - Battle Grove Elementary School was forced to open two hours late yesterday because of a power outage that included the surrounding neighborhood.

The school opened about 11 a.m., said Charles A. Herndon, spokesman for Baltimore County schools.

Battle Grove pupils have been joined this year by pupils from Middle River's Hawthorne Elementary School, which was closed after an asbestos contamination and a subsequent decision to finish a construction project in an empty school building.

Social Services collecting new toys for needy clients

TOWSON - The Volunteer Office of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services will sponsor toy collections next month at sites throughout the county.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at: Investment Building, 1 Investment Place, Towson; Management Center at Towson Town Center, 825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson; any Baltimore County Krispy Kreme store or Susquehanna Bank branch; and the Fed Ex Express at 7066 Golden Ring Road, Rosedale.

Presents will be delivered to needy social services clients. For more information or to volunteer: 410-853-3024.

Flu, pneumonia shots offered at two county sites

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Department of Health will offer influenza and pneumonia vaccinations at clinics at the Liberty Family Resource Center, 3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown, on Monday and at the Essex Health Center, 1538 Country Ridge Lane, on Dec. 10.

The shots will be offered from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to people considered to be at high risk of contracting flu or pneumonia, such as those age 65 and older, those with chronic lung or heart disorders and women in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during flu season. Flu shots cost $10; pneumonia shots cost $17.

Information: 410-887-2723.

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