In Baltimore County Towson boy, 13, shot in abdomen in...


August 19, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Towson boy, 13, shot in abdomen in serious condition

TOWSON - A 13-year-old boy was in serious condition last night after being shot in the abdomen in an apparent accident as his stepfather was cleaning a handgun in their home, authorities reported.

The boy, William Barget, was flown by a state police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital after being shot about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the basement of the home in the 800 block of Scarlett Drive, in Towson's Campus Hills neighborhood. He remained in the pediatric intensive care unit yesterday.

The boy's stepfather, Eric Seals, 36, was cleaning a 9 mm handgun when the weapon discharged, police said. No charges had been filed, but the investigation into the incident will continue through the state's attorney's office, police said.

Community college sets 28th Baltimore Powwow

CATONSVILLE - Native American culture will be featured Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 800 S. Rolling Road.

The 28th annual Baltimore Powwow will feature demonstrations and contests each day. More than $11,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners of Native American dance and drum competitions.

Information: 410-675-3535 or

Fund-raisers to be `jailed' in MDA Telethon Lockup

WHITE MARSH - The Muscular Dystrophy Association will hold its Telethon Lockup from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Don Pablo's restaurant, 8161 Honeygo Blvd. in White Marsh.

During the charity event, police officers will "arrest" businessmen and community leaders and escort them to the restaurant, where they must raise at least $3,000 before they are "released from custody." Many participants raise their funds before the event.

Proceeds go to treat people with neuromuscular diseases in the area.

Business group offers trial memberships

RANDALLSTOWN - Liberty Road Business Association is offering 90-day trial memberships until Sept. 30.

Benefits include networking seminars and the group's annual crab feast Oct. 6.

The cost is $25. Information: 410-655-7766.

In Baltimore City

UM medical school receives $7.2 million research deal

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has received a $7.2 million research contract from the National Institutes of Health to take part in a seven-year study into the causes of osteoarthritis of the knee.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and disables more older people than any other physical disorder.

The Osteoarthritis Initiative will involve 5,000 people - 1,250 of them in the Baltimore area - beginning in May. Rheumatologists and radiologists at four U.S. medical centers will conduct the research, working with a data coordinating center in California.

Registration deadline to vote in primary nears

The deadline to register to vote in the primary Sept. 10 is 9 p.m. tomorrow. Baltimore City Board of Elections officials say applications must be presented at their office by that time or bear an Aug. 20 postmark.

The office, in Room 129 at 417 E. Fayette St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Voter registration applications also are available at libraries, post offices, Motor Vehicle Administration offices, state Department of Health and Department of Social Services agencies, and may be downloaded from www.electionsmaryland. com.

Nature center planned for Patterson Park

A private foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to establish a nature center in Patterson Park.

The nature center, one of several that the regional office of the National Audubon Society plans to establish in Maryland and Washington, will provide education programs and job and volunteer opportunities.

The grant, awarded to Audubon Maryland-DC by the Lockhart Vaughan Foundation, will fund a series of 60 education programs that will reach an estimated 1,000 East Baltimore residents, the field office said. The programs, to be led by Audubon educators, will be offered in English and Spanish.

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