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April 26, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Caregiver found guilty of assaulting 98-year-old woman

A caregiver at St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Southwest Baltimore was found guilty yesterday in Baltimore City District Court of second-degree assault and abuse of a 98-year-old deaf, mute woman with Alzheimer's disease.

Nicheia M. Powell, 22, of the 700 block of Winston Ave., a certified nursing assistant, was given a two-year suspended sentence and three years of supervised probation by Judge Gale E. Rasin, who also ordered her to stay out of the direct care field for three years and perform 100 hours of community service.

According to the attorney general's office, which prosecutes cases of nursing home abuse, Powell grabbed a teddy bear out of the victim's arms, hit her with it several times on the head and face, and tried to stuff it into the woman's mouth. Then she stood with her full weight on the victim's feet - stopping after another caregiver yelled at her, authorities said.

Parole agent indicted on misconduct charge

A state Division of Parole and Probation agent was indicted by a city grand jury yesterday on charges of bribery and misconduct in office.

Charles Elliott, 46, of the 7700 block of Montgomery News Court in Severn is accused of soliciting a $1,000 bribe in exchange for not reporting a convict's violation of probation.

The charges carry a sentence of up to 12 years in prison. An arraignment was scheduled for June 7.

Garden walk is Sunday in Original Northwood

The Original Northwood neighborhood's annual garden walk, a decades-old tradition, will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and feature the blooms and plantings around a dozen homes in the 1930s community.

Programs for the free, self-guided walking tour may be picked up at the showcase home of John Coker and Lewis Wilson at 4123 Westview Road, which - along with neighborhood's many azaleas in bloom - is setting the tone for this year's event.

Residents can drop off toxic household materials

Residents who want to rid their household of toxic material may drop off hazardous items this weekend at the Poly-Western High School parking lot, Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane.

Bleach, pesticides, herbicides, car and household batteries, drain cleaner, gasoline, and pool chemicals will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Proof of city residency is required to drop off material. Information: contact the Department of Public Works' Office of Recycling by calling 311.

In Baltimore County

Police ask public to help solve 1996 fatal shooting

TOWSON - Police are seeking help from the public to solve a killing six years ago in Randallstown.

Police said yesterday that they have uncovered new evidence in the shooting of Jason Edward Jones, 22, who was found dead in his home in the 8000 block of Lucerne Road on Feb. 27, 1996. Witnesses told police at the time that three men forced their way into the home and shot Jones.

Detectives ask that anyone who gave information to the police in 1996 contact the department about the new evidence. Callers can contact police at 410-307-2020 or by calling Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Community concert planned for tonight at Charlestown

CATONSVILLE - The Community Concert Series at Charlestown Retirement Community continues at 8 p.m. today with a performance by the National Concert Band of America.

Admission at the door is $2. The concert, in the John Erickson Conference Center, is open to the public.

Information: 410-247-3400, Ext. 8577.

Dyslexia conference slated tomorrow at Jemicy School

OWINGS MILLS - A conference on dyslexia will be held for parents from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. tomorrow at the Jemicy School, 11 Celadon Road.

Sponsored by the school's Jemicy Community Outreach, the conference is to provide information about remediation and support for children with language learning differences. The conference, The Dyslexic Puzzle, will include clinical and educational psychologists, a pediatrician and specialist in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dyslexia is a neurological condition that impairs the ability to recognize and comprehend written words.

Information and reservations: 410-356-7656.

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