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March 12, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Councilwoman moves to ban paintball guns from city streets

Paintball guns would be banned from Baltimore's streets under a bill introduced at last night's City Council meeting.

Councilwoman Helen Holton of West Baltimore introduced the measure, noting growing problems with paintball devices in other cities. Under her ordinance, possessing or firing a paintball gun in public would be punishable by a maximum $500 fine and 60 days in jail.

Paintball guns are used at entertainment arenas for children. The law would not affect such businesses. It states that they can be used at target ranges, private residences or other enclosed areas.

Man found fatally shot; police seek public's help

An unidentified man was found fatally shot yesterday evening in the city's Harlem Park area, and police asked for the public's help in their investigation.

Western District officers cruising in the 1800 block of W. Lanvale St. spotted the victim about 6:15 p.m., lying in the street and bleeding from a wound to the left side of the head. The man, believed to be in his early to mid-30s, had no identification. He was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call homicide Detective Joseph Jefferson at 410-396-2100.

School bus driver sues over her firing for prayer

A Carroll County bus driver who lost her job after leading students in prayer after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore seeking her reinstatement, contending that school officials violated her constitutional rights as well as those of the students.

The parents of six students have joined Stella N. Tsourakis in the lawsuit, saying the bus driver and the passengers should have had the right to pray together. In 10 counts, they allege school officials violated their civil and First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, association, assembly and exercise of religion.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, said Steven L. Tiedemann, a Westminster attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund, a national Christian civil-rights organization that will pay for the court fight.

Experiences of women in prison focus of forum

A forum on the experiences of women in prison and how well the system serves female offenders and their families will be presented from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 W. Lombard St.

Sponsored by Margins, a student-run publication based at the School of Law, the public event corresponds with the online release this month of the radio documentary Forgotten Voices, which includes interviews with women confined at the city detention center on the effectiveness of rehabilitation services in prison and the community.

The forum is open to the public and may be heard in a live Webcast. Information about the Webcast and the radio documentary: www.law.umaryland.edu/ margins/Symposium2002.asp.

In Baltimore County

Reisterstown man indicted in death of his brother

TOWSON -- A 48-year-old Reisterstown man was indicted yesterday on a first-degree murder charge in the death of his brother at the home they shared.

Willard Eugene Scram was indicted by a Baltimore County grand jury based on evidence found at the Shirley Manor Road home the afternoon of Feb. 16, said Assistant State's Attorney Dean Stocksdale. Officers found Joseph Scram, 44, at the bottom of a stairwell, unconscious and not breathing. He died the next day.

Willard Scram is accused of pushing his brother down the steps, police say.

School board will meet in open session tonight

TOWSON -- The Board of Education will meet tonight in the Educational Support Services Building, 6901 Charles St.

The board will meet in open session at 5:30 p.m., then go into closed session to discuss personnel matters. The board will resume its public meeting about 7:30 p.m.

Environmental group plans spring celebration Sunday

TOWSON -- Earthome Inc., a nonprofit environmental group, will hold a spring equinox celebration Sunday at Sherwood House in Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road.

The celebration will feature a "Walk through Time," in which participants will learn how humans fit into the process of evolution. A food-sharing time will begin at 5 p.m.; participants are asked to bring a vegetarian dish.

The suggested donation is $5 per person, $8 per family. Information: 410-592-6163.

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