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In Baltimore City

Stokes' arraignment in shooting of priest scheduled for today

Dontee D. Stokes, who prosecutors say shot and wounded the Rev. Maurice J. Blackwell three times May 13 in front of the priest's Reservoir Hill home, will be arraigned today in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Stokes, 26, who has been under home detention since his release, claims Blackwell sexually assaulted him over a three-year period when he was a teen-ager. He told police he shot Blackwell because Blackwell refused to apologize for the alleged abuse.

Stokes' attorney, Warren A. Brown, has said that Blackwell should face charges for his alleged abuse of Stokes.

Two men fatally shot in separate incidents

Two city men were fatally shot Wednesday, one in southern Baltimore and the other in West Baltimore, police said.

David Caldwell, 19, was shot in the chest about 10 p.m. in the 1600 block of Cypress St. in Curtis Bay. Caldwell, of the 600 block of Chart Ave., ran to a nearby restaurant for help. He died at 11:45 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

About 9:30 p.m., William Alexander Collins, 31, was shot in the chest in the 200 block of N. Mount St. in West Baltimore. Collins, a resident of Bolton House Apartments in the 1100 block of Bolton St. in Bolton Hill, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died at 11:10 p.m.

Police have no suspects in either case.

Sports stars to address young community workers

Former Maryland basketball standout Keith Booth will speak to nearly three dozen high school students today as they prepare to spend the next five weeks working in their communities.

Booth and former NFL player Warren Powers will address the youths at the 4th District Human Services Center, 1133 Pennsylvania Ave. in West Baltimore.

Chosen from across the city, the students will work at six Human Services Centers in a program sponsored by the Human Services Division of the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development.

The Black/Jewish Forum to hold afternoon event

The Black/Jewish Forum of Baltimore will sponsor an afternoon of games, storytelling and music from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Druid Hill Park's Sundial Pavilion on Swan Drive.

Visitors are asked to bring food for a potluck cookout.

Information: 410-951-4199.

In Baltimore County

Governor taps DeCarlo to fill 6th District term

ESSEX -- Del. Diane DeCarlo, a local bar owner, was tapped by Gov. Parris N. Glendening yesterday to fill the remaining term of 6th District Sen. Michael J. Collins, who resigned in May to accept a job with the State Board of Contract Appeals.

DeCarlo, 57, has been in the House of Delegates since 1995. She will fill Collins' seat while she campaigns for a Senate seat in the newly constituted 7th District that runs from Middle River to Cockeysville.

One of the leaders of a movement that defeated a county government property-condemnation bill, DeCarlo is president of the Baltimore County Licensed Beverage Association and the Maryland Licensed Beverage Association.

Folk singer to perform July 22 at Charlestown

CATONSVILLE -- The Community Concert Series at Charlestown Retirement Community will continue July 22 with a performance by guitarist and folk singer Mack Bailey.

Bailey will appear at 7 p.m. at John Erickson Conference Center. Admission is $2 at the door. The public is invited.

Charlestown is at 719 Maiden Choice Lane. Information: 410-247-3400, Ext. 8577.

Volunteer Office seeks school supply donations

TOWSON -- The Volunteer Office of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services is seeking families and individuals to help families provide their children with school supplies.

The Volunteer Office can provide the names of children and a list of the supplies they need. Donors can "adopt" children by contacting the families directly, or the Volunteer Office can act as liaison.

The cost is $25 to $30 to "adopt" children in prekindergarten through fifth grade, and $50 to $60 for students in sixth through 12th grade. Information: 410-853-3024.

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