In Baltimore City Death from injuries suffered in 1992...

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August 22, 2002

In Baltimore City

Death from injuries suffered in 1992 is ruled a homicide

A West Baltimore man who was severely beaten in 1992 died this month of a seizure related to the beating, and for that reason the state medical examiner has ruled his death a homicide, city police said yesterday.

Steven Allen Coates, 47, died Aug. 2 in his home in the 2200 block of Reisterstown Road. Family members found him unconscious about 10 a.m. and immediately called paramedics, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coates was beaten in October 1992. He needed extensive rehabilitation and frequently suffered seizures. Police said no one was arrested in the beating, and they do not plan to investigate further.

Man indicted on charges of attempted murder

A Baltimore man charged with shooting and wounding three youths on his front steps last month was indicted yesterday on three counts of attempted first-degree murder and various handgun charges.

William Banks, 60, of the 100 block of N. Decker Ave. is charged with shooting the youths, ages 11, 15 and 18, outside his home July 28. Banks told police the youths refused to move off the steps of his house in Southwest Baltimore.

He has been held without bail since his arrest.

Colleges receive IBM grant for teacher programs

The teacher education programs at Morgan State University and the College of Notre Dame received a $1.5 million grant yesterday from IBM that school officials say will improve teacher training in standards-based instruction.

The grant will allow the colleges to use IBM's Learning Village, an online program that helps teachers design lesson plans geared toward meeting new state and federal testing standards.

Under the grant, all new Baltimore schoolteachers - about 1,000 a year - will also be trained in Learning Village during their five-week induction program.

In Howard County

State worker charged with computer theft

Howard County police have arrested a social services employee on charges that he stole nearly $25,000 worth of computer equipment from his workplace in Columbia last month.

Troy Jim Powell, 26, of the 3700 block of Seven Mile Lane in Baltimore was arrested Tuesday and charged with second- and fourth-degree burglary, theft, malicious destruction of property and conspiracy to commit burglary. He is accused of stealing equipment from the state Department of Social Services offices in the 7100 block of Columbia Gateway Drive on July 24.

Powell's girlfriend, Tamra Deniece Jackson, 25, of the 3700 block of Twin Lakes Court in Baltimore, also was arrested Tuesday and was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. Police said she is suspected of helping to hide the stolen equipment.

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