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April 18, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Man rearrested in '00 killing in East Towson

TOWSON -- County police have rearrested a Baltimore man in the killing of an Owings Mills man in November 2000.

Ernest Harmon, 24, of the 1800 block of W. Lafayette Ave. was arrested late Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder and a handgun violation, police said. Harmon was in the custody of Baltimore City police on an unrelated charge. He is being held without bail at the county Detention Center.

Harmon was arrested soon after James Hubert Holland III, 27, was killed at an East Towson housing complex. He was released for lack of evidence. Cpl. Ron Brooks, a police spokesman, said yesterday that new evidence links Harmon to the crime scene.

Power failure shuts school; classes to resume today

CATONSVILLE -- A power outage forced the cancellation of classes at Catonsville Middle School yesterday.

An underground transformer affecting only the school malfunctioned early in the morning and officials decided to keep school closed, said county schools spokesman Charles A. Herndon. School is expected to reopen today, he said.

Three public meetings set to discuss future of region

TOWSON -- Three public meetings have been scheduled in Baltimore County in the coming weeks for Vision 2030, a process designed to bring residents, the business community and government together to produce a blueprint for the future of the Baltimore region.

Meetings are to be held April 25 at Cockeysville Middle School, 10401 Greenside Drive; April 29 at Kenwood High School, 501 Stemmers Run Road; and May 8 at Southwest Academy, 6200 Johnnycake Road. All sessions run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In all, 17 meetings will be held throughout the region, which includes Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties, and the cities of Annapolis and Baltimore.

Baltimore City

MDE penalizes company for lead paint violations

The state Department of the Environment has issued a complaint, repair order and penalties against an Owings Mills-based property management business for violations that allegedly resulted in lead poisoning of a 16-month-old toddler.

Cited by the department Monday was 3428 Belair Edison Inc., located in the 4600 block of Sherwood Mills Road, which it says owns five pre-1950 residential rental units in Northeast Baltimore.

MDE officials said the company faces more than $41,000 in penalties for failing to comply with a December order from the city Health Department to remove lead paint from the properties and not registering them with MDE until February.

In October, MDE said, the toddler, living at a Belair Edison property in the 3400 block of Belair Road, was diagnosed with an elevated blood level of lead at 30 micrograms per deciliter -- 10 micrograms higher than the standard for poisoning. By November, it had risen to 90 micrograms.

Three bass boats added to harbor trash fleet

The city Department of Public Works will add three small bass boats to its Inner Harbor trash-retrieval fleet this morning, taking on the chore of catching stubborn debris under piers and along seawalls and shoreline -- the most frequent source of complaints about harbor litter.

The two-person boats will be operated by public works employees and beef up the trash collection efforts of the department's five large skimmers, whose size prevents them from collecting floating debris trapped in the nooks and crannies.

Each year, the department collects 250 tons of trash from the water, a spokesman said.

Prince George's teacher accused of molesting girls

A Prince George's County elementary school teacher from Baltimore was jailed yesterday on charges of molesting several young girls, county police reported.

Neil Frederick, 41, of the 600 block of Brookwood Road, who teaches physical education at Capitol Heights Elementary School, was charged with five counts each of sexual child abuse, second-degree assault and third-degree sex offenses, and held in lieu of $350,000 bond, police said.

The allegations "involved fondling or improper touching," police Capt. Andrew Ellis said of the investigation prompted by complaints from parents.

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