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January 09, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Low blood supplies could force changes in surgery schedules

Critically low blood supplies could force 80 regional hospitals to alter surgical schedules, the Baltimore-based Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the American Red Cross said this week.

Because of recent inclement weather that has hampered donor turnout and the typically low donations during the holiday season, the Red Cross said, it has been unable to collect enough blood to meet patient needs.

To give blood, donors must be in good health, must weigh no less than 110 pounds, must not have donated whole blood within the preceding 56 days or received a tattoo within the past year, and must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent).

Information on donor sites: 800-448-3543 or www.my-redcross.org.

Boyfriend, 40, is charged in woman's strangulation

A 40-year-old man remained in custody yesterday after being charged in the weekend strangulation of his girlfriend during an apparent violent fight in their home, city police said.

Wilma Lee Harrison, 44, of the 800 block of Homestead St. was pronounced dead shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday at Union Memorial Hospital, and an autopsy determined the cause to be homicide by strangulation, said Detective Mark Hughes. The fight, Hughes said, occurred in the couple's bedroom shortly before Harrison was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Arrested early Sunday after questioning at police headquarters was Glen Alan Scott, who was charged with first-degree murder and held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Unidentified man found fatally stabbed in Pimlico

An unidentified man was fatally stabbed yesterday afternoon in the Pimlico section of Northwest Baltimore, after an argument with an unknown assailant, authorities said.

Checking a report of an injured man in the 5000 block of Palmer Ave. about 1 p.m., police officers found the victim lying on the pavement in front of a rowhouse bleeding from at least one stab wound to the neck, said homicide Detective Donald Bradshaw. The man died in the emergency room at Sinai Hospital about 30 minutes later, he said.

Anyone with information about the slaying is asked to call Bradshaw or Detective Todd Corriveau at 410-396-2100.

Poppleton woman charged in prescription fraud case

A Poppleton woman has been charged in a 41-count indictment with obtaining and illegally possessing the restricted painkiller Oxycontin and other controlled substances in a prescription fraud scheme involving a teen-ager, the state attorney general's office announced yesterday.

The indictment charges that over two years beginning in December 2000, Thelma Hunter, 37, of the 800 block of Vine St. used Medicaid patients' information to obtain fraudulent Oxycontin prescriptions.

She used a teen-ager to obtain the drug, which can produce a heroinlike high when ingested, according to the indictment. Hunter was also charged with stealing from the Medicaid program.

In Baltimore County

School's reading room to honor surgeon Carson

PIKESVILLE -- Wellwood International Elementary School, 2901 Smith Ave., will celebrate the opening of the Ben Carson Reading Room at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, will attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a room where pupils are encouraged to spend their free time reading in exchange for awards.

Wellwood International is the first school in Baltimore County to participate in the reading incentive program, which is being supported by the Emmert Hobbs Foundation through the Carson Scholars Fund.

Former delegate honored for community service

PIKESVILLE -- The Smith-Greenspring Association has presented former Del. James W. Campbell with an award for outstanding community service, marking the first time the group has conferred such an award on an elected official.

"Jim Campbell attended and participated in most of our meetings and was always there for us when we needed his help," said Eliot Lewis, the group's president.

Campbell, a Democrat, lost his re-election bid after redistricting made substantial changes in the 42nd District, which he had represented since 1994.

Minority group to discuss test scores at three schools

TOWSON -- The Minority Achievement Advisory Group is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today to discuss poor test scores at Milford Mill Academy and Randallstown and Woodlawn high schools.

The panel, which advises the superintendent on minority issues, will ask the principals at the three Baltimore County schools about the scores on the High School Assessments and what is being done to raise them. The schools scored in the bottom third of Maryland high schools on the new exams.

Tonight's meeting will be held in the Educational Support Services Building, 6901 Charles St.

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