City/county Digest


February 10, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Police official retires to take job in private industry

Robert M. Stanton, chief of the Baltimore Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, is leaving the force after 29 years to take a job in private industry, he said last night.

"It's time," said Stanton, who is widely respected inside headquarters for his efforts to shape and focus investigative units in recent years. "Some offers were being made to try some other things. Some of these opportunities are only open for a short period of time."

FOR THE RECORD - An item in yesterday's City/County Digest incorrectly stated the university affiliation of Barbara Hurd, a winner of the 2002 Towson University Prize for Literature, She is a professor at Frostburg State University.

Stanton, 51, has been chief of the Criminal Investigation Division for more than a year and a half. He will remain on the job for two more weeks before joining Citicorp as an investigator, he said.

He joined the department as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks, specializing in detective work. In early 2000, he was promoted to major and put in charge of the homicide unit. In July 2001, he was named colonel in charge of all detectives. Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark, who was informed of Stanton's retirement Friday, reclassified his rank to chief last week.

Teen, man hurt in crash during pursuit by police

A Baltimore teen-ager and an adult passenger were injured early yesterday when the car the teen was driving -- being pursued by city police -- crashed into a utility pole, a parked car and a building, authorities reported.

Police said the 17-year-old driver was believed to have threatened his girlfriend and to possibly have a handgun. They said he refused to pull over for officers and was speeding when he lost control of the 1995 Oldsmobile Aurora in the 3300 block of Loch Raven Blvd. with police a short distance behind him. It struck a pole and a parked car before hitting an apartment building in the 1300 block of Lakeside Ave.

The youth and a 20-year-old man riding in the car were listed in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Workshop to discuss college financial aid

A financial aid workshop will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School at 3500 Hillen Road for college-bound students and their families.

The free workshop will cover topics such as how to apply for state financial aid, how the state determines scholarships and financial aid amounts. Career planning and college admissions will also be discussed.

Information: LaDonna Jordan, 410-260-4556.

In Baltimore County

Poet, professor awarded university literature prizes

TOWSON -- Karen Alenier, a poet and fiction writer, and Barbara Hurd, a professor of English at Towson University, have been awarded the 2002 Towson University Prize for Literature. Alenier was honored for her book Looking for Divine Transportation and Hurd for her collection of essays Stirring the Mind.

Hurd has taught at Frostburg State University since 1986. She is the author of a collection of poetry and a second collection of essays. Her winning entry also received the Los Angeles Times' award for Best Book of 2001, and she is the 2002 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction.

Alenier has written three collections of poems and edited an anthology of contemporary poetry.

Buddhist monk to discuss Tibet at Goucher today

TOWSON -- Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen, a Buddhist monk and medical doctor from Tibet, will discuss the situation in Tibet and the influence of Buddhism on Tibetan society at 4 p.m. today in Heubeck Lounge at Goucher College.

Gyaltsen has been a monk since age 16, when he took his vows at Kumbum Monastery in Quinghai, China. He has practiced medicine for nearly 20 years and is executive director of the Kumbum Tibetan Medical Hospital. Gyaltsen also is the founder and China director for the Tibetan Healing Fund, a nonprofit organization providing primary health care and education for rural Tibetan children and families.

The lecture is sponsored by the Office of International Studies and the departments of philosophy and religion.

Insurance Administration representative to speak

TOWSON -- A representative of the Maryland Insurance Administration will be at the state comptroller's branch office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to answer insurance-related questions.

The representative will take questions about insurance coverage and filing complaints against insurance companies. No appointment is necessary.

The session will be held at Hampton Plaza, Suite 1A, 300 E. Joppa Road. Information: 800- 492-6116.

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