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March 25, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Villa Cresta school to be closed all week because of asbestos

PARKVILLE - Villa Cresta Elementary School will remain closed all week because of asbestos contamination in the boiler room, Baltimore County school officials decided yesterday.

A parent-community meeting to discuss the situation will be held by county school officials at 7 tonight at Parkville Middle School, 8711 Avondale Road, said system spokesman Charles A. Herndon.

The school has been closed since Thursday because a contractor cut into an asbestos-insulated pipe Wednesday during renovation work. Air samples collected last week in classrooms showed no levels of airborne asbestos above federal standards, officials said, but testing was to continue today.

Because the spring holiday is to begin Thursday, the decision means an earlier vacation for Villa Cresta's 580 pupils. Herndon said the school is expected to reopen when spring break ends April 8.

State trooper, four others injured in Beltway crash

ESSEX - An off-duty state trooper and four others, including his wife and their two children, were injured yesterday when the trooper's unmarked patrol vehicle was struck by a van while he was attempting to aid the driver of a disabled vehicle on the Beltway in Essex.

State police said Tfc. Gerald L. Sellers of the Criminal Enforcement Command was driving an unmarked 2000 Chevrolet Lumina north on the Beltway about 1:20 p.m. when he pulled onto the shoulder near Route 702 to assist the other driver.

Police said that while Sellers was backing up, his right front tire dropped off the shoulder, causing the car to spin around and into the path of oncoming vehicles, including a 1979 Chevrolet van that struck the car head-on.

Police said Sellers was flown by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and admitted in fair condition with head injuries. His wife, Tami, and their children, ages 10 years and 18 months, and the driver of the van, Agnes M. Molloy of the 3400 block of Seneca St., Baltimore, were taken by ambulance to University of Maryland Medical Center and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The accident closed the inner loop of the Beltway for about two hours, police said.

Firefighters rescue girl, 13, from waist-deep mud

PIKESVILLE - Baltimore County firefighters rescued a 13-year-old girl who got stuck in mud up to her waist yesterday while exploring a construction site on the grounds of a Jewish middle school near Pikesville.

The girl and a friend - whose names were not released - were walking on the grounds of Bais Yaakov School for Girls at 6300 Smith Ave., just over the county line from Mount Washington. The friend ran for help when the girl got stuck about 1 p.m.

"It was a big mud pit there," said county fire Lt. Bill Johns. "I don't know if it was a sediment pond they were making or what."

Firefighters were able to free the girl about 20 minutes later, after laying plywood on the mud and digging her out by hand. She was taken to Sinai Hospital but appeared to be in good condition, Johns said.

State guardsmen activated for homeland defense mission

PIKESVILLE - More than 230 soldiers in the Maryland Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 110th Field Artillery are being called to active duty this week in the war against terrorism.

The soldiers are scheduled to be called up Saturday. They will be sent to Fort Dix, N.J., to prepare for a homeland defense mission on the East Coast, the National Guard said.

In Baltimore City

Man killed, another hurt in southeast shootings

One man was killed and another injured in a shooting yesterday afternoon after a dispute in the O'Donnell Heights section of Southeast Baltimore.

Keith Street, 29, of the 7500 block of Brightside Ave. was shot twice in the chest about 12:30 p.m. in the 6200 block of Plantview Way, said homicide Detective Carol Opher. He died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

His brother, Tallyando Chambers, 28, of the 1100 block of Steelton Ave., was shot in both legs, Opher said. Police found him in the 6100 block of Shipview Way, a few blocks from where his brother was shot, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. He apparently ran there after being shot on Plantview and was listed as stable at Bayview, Harris said.

Lawrence Cager Jr. to lead east-side coalition

Lawrence C. "Chris" Cager Jr. has been named president and chief executive officer of the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, ending an 18- month search.

The top management post at the umbrella east-side community group, which has an annual operating budget of $4.9 million, has been vacant since October 2000, when Michael V. Seipp resigned.

Cager, 48, formerly Baltimore director of the Enterprise Foundation, comes to HEBCAC as the city is preparing a major initiative to revitalize areas around the Johns Hopkins medical complex.

"His extensive background in real estate development, finance and community development are exactly what we need at this juncture," state Del. Hattie N. Harrison, HEBCAC's chairwoman, said in a statement.

Roland Park intersection to close starting today

The intersection of Deepdene and Edgevale roads in Roland Park will be closed starting today for about three months, city transportation officials said, for resurfacing of the roadway and construction of a retaining wall.

Residents and motorists will be guided around the work zone from Falls Road and Roland Avenue with detour signs, city officials said.

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