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March 29, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Parents, kids asked to wash hands to prevent infection

Noting a big jump in the number of Baltimore cases of a bacterial infection common in children, Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, city health commissioner, is urging parents and children to practice good hygiene, especially hand-washing.

This year, 84 cases of the intestinal infection, called Shigella, have been reported in the city -- more than twice the number for all of last year. Doctors have noted the increase mostly in children ages 1 to 4, especially in day care centers. Federal health officials report a similar trend in other parts of the East Coast.

Shigella, which causes diarrhea, fever and vomiting, is spread through contact with an infected person's stool, or by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. The most effective way to stop the spread of Shigella and other infectious diseases is by frequent hand-washing with soap and hot water.

Man arrested in assault on Ravens' McCrary

A Glen Burnie man has been arrested on charges of assaulting Baltimore Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary in an incident Feb. 10 at a downtown nightclub, city police said yesterday.

Arrested Wednesday by members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force was Junior Carl Fortney, 35, of the 8000 block of Solley Road. He was charged in a warrant with first- and second-degree assault.

District Court records showed Fortney was released on his own recognizance yesterday on condition he has no contact with the football player. An April 30 trial date was set.

McCrary was at the Redwood Trust nightclub on East Redwood Street about 1:30 a.m. when he was struck in the face with a bottle. He was treated at University of Maryland Medical Center for a cut that required several stitches.

Man, 19, pleads guilty to murder during trial

A 19-year-old Govans man arrested in the fatal shooting of an unlicensed cab driver has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, armed carjacking and a handgun charge in Baltimore Circuit Court after hearing the emotional testimony of the sole eyewitness, the state's attorney's office reported yesterday.

Prosecutors said Donta Eric Walker of the 5100 block of Craig Ave. shot Albert Simpson, 36, in the back of the head Feb. 19, 2001, after Simpson picked up Walker and other passengers in the 2500 block of Harford Road. Walker dumped his body in the street and took his 2000 Jeep Cherokee with one passenger, Monica Rice, 34, in the front passenger seat, prosecutors said.

Walker let Rice escape, but took her keys and identification and threatened to kill her if she told authorities. Walker's plea came in the middle of the trial Wednesday after Rice testified. Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 4.

Church's restored painting to be unveiled on Easter

After a four-month restoration, an oil painting that overlooked the altar at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in downtown Baltimore for nearly a century and a half will be unveiled during the 11 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday.

The painting, the Mystical Vision of Saint Ignatius at La Storta, is the work of Constantino Brumidi, who was born in 1805 in Rome and painted the frescoes of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. It had hung over the altar of the church at Calvert and Madison streets since 1856, when the artist installed it.

Conservator Perette Manz-Hendrich, who lives in Original Northwood, restored the large work. She was assisted by Maryland Institute College of Art student Laura Oster. Baltimore attorney, author and lecturer Charles B. Reeves Jr. sponsored the painting's restoration.

In Baltimore County

Loyola leader steps down, will take role in ministry

TOWSON -- John H. Weetenkamp III, headmaster at Loyola Blakefield, will step down at the end of this school year and take a new role in the school's campus ministry.

In a letter to parents dated Wednesday, Weetenkamp, the headmaster since January 1999, announced that he would become the school's "director of Ignatian spirituality." He said he would work with the director of the campus ministry to develop programs for personal growth for adults in the school community.

The Rev. John M. Dennis, school president, said the school would seek a headmaster who is Roman Catholic and who understands the meaning of a Jesuit education. Loyola Blakefield is a boys school for grades six through 12.

Drum and bugle groups to play at Dundalk High

DUNDALK -- The Yankee Rebels Drum & Bugle Corps will present the 12th annual Dixie Stinger, a night of musical entertainment, on April 6 at Dundalk High School.

The event, which will feature drum and bugle corps from Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and an appearance by the Baltimore Ravens Marching Band, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the school, 1901 Delvale Ave.

Tickets: $12. Information and tickets: 1-888-940-3786 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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