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September 20, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

City man charged in fatal shooting in May is denied bail

TOWSON - A Baltimore man was being held without bail yesterday on charges he fatally shot a city man whose body was dumped along Pulaski Highway near Middle River on May 22.

John C. Wood, 29, of the 600 block of Cator Ave. in Ednor Gardens was indicted by a Baltimore County grand jury on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of Neil Otis Stockhausen, 34, of the 600 block of E. 41st St. in the Pen Lucy neighborhood of Baltimore. Wood was arrested Wednesday at his home without incident, police said.

The court documents, which outline why Wood was arrested, remain sealed, police said.

Hawaiian educators visit school to learn what works

PIKESVILLE - A delegation of Hawaiian educators visited Pikesville High School yesterday as part of an exchange program to learn about high-achieving schools.

The 14 educators met with Principal Dorothy Hardin. They will meet with Principal Patrick S. McCusker at Eastern Technical High School in Essex today.

The visitors are learning how to introduce academic rigor, use time effectively and teach students skills they will need after secondary school. During the summer, Hardin and Robert J. Kemmery, executive director of student services for Baltimore County, visited Hawaii and lectured on improving schools.

Bentley, Ruppersberger to speak at AARP forum

TIMONIUM - The two candidates seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat, former Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, a Republican, and Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat, will discuss senior citizens' issues at a forum today at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

The forum, sponsored by AARP Maryland, will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Vista Room.

Man sought in robbery of bank branch in store

WOODLAWN - Baltimore County police are seeking a man who robbed an Allfirst branch in a Super Fresh supermarket in the 7000 block of Security Blvd. on Wednesday morning.

Police say a man entered the store about 11 a.m., handed the teller a note demanding cash and left the store with an undisclosed amount of money. The robbery was videotaped by a surveillance camera.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410- 276-8888.

In Baltimore City

Man who fatally beat baby gets 30-year term

Fifteen-month-old Nadir Chambers was teething and fussy with an ear infection when he was beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend in her West Baltimore home, prosecutors say.

The beating resulted in a 30-year sentence for Donald Crafton, 27, yesterday from Judge Paul E. Alpert in Baltimore Circuit Court - the maximum on the charge of second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty July 16 in connection with the beating that took place Dec. 18, 2000.

Crafton, who dated Nadir's mother and lived in her house in the 1300 block of Calhoun St., beat the baby so severely that a medical examiner compared the impact to that suffered in a car accident, said Assistant State's Attorney Julie Drake.

Library lectures to mark `Silent Spring' anniversary

To mark the 40th anniversary of Rachel Carson's landmark environmental expose Silent Spring, the Enoch Pratt Central Library will present lectures Sunday.

Speakers will include David Pimentel, a Cornell University ecologist and president of the Rachel Carson Council, and nature writer Bill McKibben, author of End of Nature.

The lectures, the first in a series of events on Rachel Carson at the Pratt, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Wheeler Auditorium in the downtown library, 400 Cathedral St.

Volunteers are sought for Fort McHenry cleanup

The National Parks America Tour is seeking volunteers to help with a cleanup effort tomorrow at Fort McHenry. The event, which will include assembling benches and various cleanup projects, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The National Parks America Tour is a nonprofit program intended to help improve national parks by mobilizing local volunteers for a series of projects over a five-year period. The event at Fort McHenry is one of 15 planned this year by the tour, whose sponsors include Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Unilever and the National Park Foundation.

Volunteers of all ages from schools, community organizations and businesses are welcome. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 participants, and lunch will be provided. Information: 410-962-4290, Ext. 232.

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