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April 04, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

2 schools closed by asbestos problems to reopen Monday

TOWSON -- Two Baltimore County elementary schools that were shut down by asbestos problems before spring vacation will reopen Monday, when the break ends.

Air samples from Villa Cresta Elementary in Parkville and Johnnycake Elementary in Westview Park have come back clean and the schools are ready to reopen, school officials said. Johnnycake pupils missed one day of school, while Villa Cresta pupils missed nearly a week of classes.

Administrators at Villa Cresta, which had the more serious asbestos release, will hold a walk-through of the building for parents and pupils from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Steel worker files for House of Delegates in 6th District

TOWSON -- Rodney Donald Jr., an Essex steel worker and Navy veteran, has filed as a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in the 6th District.

Donald, 30, is a member of the Democratic State Central Committee and has been a lifelong resident of eastern Baltimore County, except for his eight years in the military.

He said he would fight crime through focused attacks on firearms violence and vehicle theft. He favors funding for scholarships and tax credits for qualified public schoolteachers and wants to attract economic development to older neighborhoods.

State police to present awards at ceremony today

PIKESVILLE -- Maryland State Police will present more than 200 awards to troopers, civilian members of the state police, allied law enforcement officers and residents during its annual awards ceremony at 10 a.m. today at its Pikesville headquarters.

Col. David B. Mitchell, state police superintendent, will present Cpl. Craig T. Ingram and Trooper Jeremy W. Stonebraker with the Governor's Citation for their courage and bravery during a fatal shootout with a Calvert County man in March 2001.

The ceremony also will include awards for valor and letters of recognition, as well as the Trooper of the Year.

Slide show on snowy owls scheduled at nature center

CHASE -- Naturalist Norman Smith will present a slide show on snowy owls at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Marshy Point Nature Center, 7130 Marshy Point Road.

Smith will discuss his 20 years of banding and radio tracking to study the migration of snowy owls, raptors found mostly from tundra to open country in the northern United States.

Smith is director of Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, Mass., and has studied birds of prey for 25 years. He has rehabilitated numerous injured birds and has fostered more than 600 hawk and owl chicks into adoptive nests.

In Baltimore City

Woman, 52, is struck, killed by light rail train

A 52-year-old woman was struck and killed by a light rail train yesterday as she tried to cross at Howard Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Maryland Transit Administration officials said.

Sandra Wilson of the 400 block of Tubman Court was hit about 2 p.m. when she stepped into the path of a train shortly after it left Cultural Center station.

The train operator sounded the horn several times but Wilson did not heed the warning, officials said. She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she died. A woman who had been walking with Wilson told police she tried to grab her but could not react fast enough.

Firefighters discover body of man shot to death

Firefighters battling a single-alarm rowhouse fire in East Baltimore early yesterday discovered the body of a man who had been shot to death, police said.

The man, whose identity was being withheld pending notification of family, was found about 2:30 a.m. in a first-floor room of the house in the 700 block of N. Chester St. He had been shot at least once.

No arrests have been made, and police know of no motive in the slaying. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Michael Johnson at 410-396-2100.

Death of man months after beating ruled homicide

The death in February of a man severely beaten in early November has been ruled a homicide, police said.

Ed Wilson, 27, of the 2300 block of Jefferson St. was assaulted near his home Nov. 8 and admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in critical condition. He died of his injuries Feb. 20 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide Tuesday.

Andre Dickerson, 23, of the 300 block of Ballou Court has been charged with assault in the case and is in custody.

Funds OK'd to hire firm to aid minority businesses

The Board of Estimates approved yesterday hiring a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., to train and help finance small, minority-owned businesses.

DevCorp Consulting Corp. will receive $150,000 for a one-year contract. Owen Tonkins, director of the Mayor's Office of Minority Business Development, said the group will provide working capital, bonding and technical assistance to about 40 local companies.

The project, known as the Local Contractor Development Program, is scheduled to begin Monday and will be run out of the city's Small Business Resource Center at 3 W. Baltimore St.

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