In Baltimore County Randallstown man sentenced to 25...

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February 01, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

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Randallstown man sentenced to 25 years for setting two fires

TOWSON - A Randallstown man was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison for setting two fires last spring.

Lawrence E. Banton III, 30, was sentenced by Baltimore County Circuit Judge Christian M. Kahl for a fire April 30 at a Salvation Army store in the 8700 block of Liberty Road and a fire May 13 at a vacant fast-food restaurant in the 3500 block of Brenbrook Drive. He pleaded guilty to two counts of arson in November.

Kahl also recommended that Banton, who was homeless at the time of his arrest, serve his sentence at Patuxent Institution, a state prison in Jessup that focuses on rehabilitating inmates.

Honda owners cautioned to watch for auto thieves

TOWSON - Baltimore County police are warning the owners of Honda automobiles to beware of thieves.

Since the beginning of the year, 12 Hondas have been stolen in the Timonium area, said police spokesman Bill Toohey.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call police at 410-887-2198.

Eastern Tech teacher wins prize for science innovation

ESSEX - Eastern Technical High School physics teacher Piotr Winkler will be given a $1,000 Science Teacher Toolkit Award from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association today for his proposal to integrate LabPro, a new data collection device, into the physical science curriculum.

Winkler, who is active in the Baltimore County Physics Study Committee, has joined the county's SciTech Initiative, which integrates physical science with engineering. One of the advantages of the new system, he said, is the speed with which students can obtain laboratory results, allowing them to focus on interpreting data and discovering fundamental relationships.

Dundalk home destroyed in 2-alarm fire; no one hurt

DUNDALK - A two-alarm fire destroyed a Dundalk home yesterday afternoon.

The blaze broke out about 1:30 p.m. in the single-family home in the 6700 block of Bessemer Ave. No one was home at the time, and no injuries were reported, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated. In Baltimore City

2 accused in kidnapping to be charged in killing

A couple charged in a Virginia kidnapping after one of the suspects was shot at the end of a pursuit by police in Baltimore last Friday night are expected to be charged today in another case, a killing in Neptune, N.J., two years ago, authorities said.

Jaron Reevey, 20, and Sabrina Wright, 19, both of Neptune, are accused of abducting a man from Richmond to Baltimore in a carjacking. Police said the man escaped from his car's trunk and alerted them while the couple were redeeming unused bus tickets at the downtown Greyhound station.

The couple fled in the car, which police chased until it crashed into two cars in the 700 block of Ensor St., police said. There, Reevey was shot five times by police and he and Wright were captured. Reevey remained in Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday, listed in fair condition.

Police said an initial account of the arrest that Reevey had fired at the officers was incorrect because the loaded handgun he possessed was found to be inoperable. Details on the New Jersey homicide were unavailable last night.

St. Frances Academy will hold an open house

St. Frances Academy, a college preparatory school operated by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, will hold an open house tomorrow to display and dedicate a new community center and gymnasium.

The 33,500-square-foot center will hold three computer labs, three classrooms, an industrial kitchen and general meeting space. The school also hopes to hold community programs there.

The open house will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the high school, 501 E. Chase St. Information: 410-539-7030.

Free computer classes career counseling offered

Maryland New Directions' Starting Over Program is offering free weekly computer classes and career counseling sessions to help the unemployed and underemployed find jobs.

Participants must be a head of household, at least 30 years old, and divorced, separated, widowed or a single parent. The classes will be held every Tuesday this month at the nonprofit job placement agency's downtown office, 611 Park Ave.

Information: 410-230-0630.

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