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March 18, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Teacher fired over sex allegations is released on bail

A teacher fired from his job at a Catholic girls' high school and charged with second-degree assault and sex offenses involving a 15-year-old student has been released on $25,000 bail, police and court officials said yesterday.

Troy Hernandez, 24, of the 3500 block of Rosekemp Ave. in Baltimore surrendered to police Friday night and was released on bail Saturday morning, officials said.

Hernandez was fired from the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore last week over allegations of sexual improprieties. Police said that they questioned the student and that she said she had had sex with the teacher several times at his house.

Man killed, teen hurt in Walbrook shooting

Police were investigating a double shooting yesterday afternoon in the Walbrook area of West Baltimore that left a 21-year-old man dead and a teen-ager in critical condition. Police said a motive for the attack was not known.

Officer Sheri Albrecht, a city police spokeswoman, said the victims, whose names were withheld pending notification of relatives, were standing in the 2100 block of Garrison Blvd. shortly before 1 p.m. when a man approached and shot them.

The youth, shot multiple times, was in critical condition last night at Sinai Hospital, authorities said. Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Paul Kidd at 410-396-2100.

Investigation continues of body found near tracks

A woman whose body was found lying near CSX railroad tracks in Southwest Baltimore remained unidentified yesterday as homicide detectives continued to investigate the death.

Detective Darren Sanders said a railroad maintenance crew working on the tracks behind the 1500 block of Cole St. about 9 a.m. Saturday spotted the fully clothed body of a black woman, who appeared to be in her mid-40s. The body was found in a sparsely wooded area about 50 feet from the tracks and a short distance from Carroll Park.

Sanders declined to describe the woman's injuries, although police said Saturday that she had been stabbed. The body was sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sanders at 410-396-2100.

Rowhouse damaged in two-alarm blaze

A two-alarm blaze extensively damaged a rowhouse in the Patterson Park area yesterday afternoon, and a firefighter who helped battle it was treated for minor burns at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The occupants of the house in the first block of S. Ellwood Ave. were away when the fire was reported at 12:54 p.m. The second alarm was called about 10 minutes later, and in all, 45 firefighters with 15 pieces of apparatus were dispatched, the Fire Department said. The cause of the blaze remained under investigation.

Alvina Olischuk, a next-door neighbor, said she returned home from shopping to find the two-story house next door all but destroyed. "We had damaged walls and water in our house, but thankfully we can still live here," the Ukraine native said.

Event Friday to benefit Pigtown outreach center

A dinner and auction to benefit Paul's Place Outreach Center in Baltimore's Washington Village/Pigtown area will be held Friday evening at the Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley.

The center's third annual March Magic fund-raiser will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, followed by a catered dinner, silent and live auction, and music by the Richard Walton Group. Tickets are $125.

Last year's event raised $80,000 for Paul's Place, a nonprofit organization founded in 1982 that offers programs for adults and children aimed at improving the quality of life in the low-income neighborhood. Information or tickets: 410-825-6517.

In Baltimore County

Demolition of Tall Trees for public park to begin

ESSEX - Baltimore County will take the first step toward creating a public park at the site of the Villages of Tall Trees this morning, when demolition of the 105-building complex begins.

The county plans to covert the 50-acre site into a community park as part of an effort to revitalize sections of Essex and Middle River. That effort includes a waterfront destination at the headwaters of Middle River and single-family housing at the former site of Riverdale Apartments.

The ceremonial start of demolition will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at Old Eastern Avenue and Rickenbacker Road.

Ridge Ruxton School to hold Multicultural Day tomorrow

TOWSON - Pupils at Ridge Ruxton School, a public school for those with special education needs, will celebrate diversity at the school's Multicultural Day at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Pupils will learn about cultures through music, food and crafts. The public is invited.

Ridge Ruxton School is at 6916 Charles St.

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