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Former president of company accused of insurance fraud

TOWSON -- The former president of a Towson-based insurance company was indicted yesterday on charges he stole $1.5 million from several premium finance companies.

Alfred M. Slattery, 46, who served as president and majority owner of National Insurance Services, is charged with seven counts of felony insurance fraud and theft, the state attorney general's office said. The indictment was filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

No court date has been scheduled for Slattery of the 3100 block of Tyndale Ave. in Baltimore.

Smith announces lineup of Criminal Justice Council

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. announced yesterday the members of his new Criminal Justice Council, which will assess existing programs and develop new ones.

The 19 members from state and county government include: Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II; District Judge Alexandra N. Williams; State's Attorney Sandra A. O'Connor; police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan;, Court Administrator Peter J. Lally; District Court Clerk Michael P. Vach; Public Defender Thelma Triplin; Health Officer Dr. Michelle A. Leverett; Department of Social Services Director Barbara L. Gradet; Community Conservation Director Mary Harvey; Director of Mental Health Services Robert Blankfeld; Bureau of Corrections Director James O'Neill; Department of Juvenile Services Area Director Robert Jones; and schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston.

The council, led by Criminal Justice Coordinator Sheryl Goldstein, will meet monthly.

Officials to attend ceremony marking school's new name

DUNDALK -- County Executive James T. Smith Jr., schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston and school board member James Walker will speak at Sollers Point/Southeastern Technical High School at 10:30 a.m. today to celebrate the school's name change and a recent honor.

Residents had been seeking the name change to Sollers Point Technical High School to reinforce its ties to the community.

The school is being honored for meeting the standards of the International Organization for Standardization. The designation means the school's work is considered to be of high quality.

Fire company is holding annual carnival this week

OWINGS MILLS -- Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company's 70th annual carnival runs this week at the Metro station on Painters Mill Road.

Rides, games and food concessions will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Friday and from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. The event typically raises about $45,000 for the volunteer station.

Discount coupons are available at the station and the Web site at

In Baltimore City

Robbery suspect injured in struggle with store owner

A man who police said attempted to rob a West Baltimore convenience store at gunpoint yesterday was reported in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being stabbed repeatedly in the neck during a struggle with the owner, city police reported.

Christopher Akpala, 45, owner of the store in the 500 block of N. Fremont Ave., refused to comply with demands for cash. After being struck in the head with the end of the gun, he reached for a nearby knife and fought with the man for several minutes, he told police.

Akpala was treated at Shock Trauma and released, while the suspect, Tony Johnson, 44, of the 1800 block of W. Baltimore St., remained in critical condition last night, police said.

A gun -- fully loaded -- was recovered at the scene, police said.

Woman found in N.C. says she was abducted in city

A 45-year-old Baltimore woman said she was abducted at gunpoint by two men from the Harbor Hospital parking lot during the weekend, driven about 250 miles south to Northampton County, N.C., and sexually assaulted, the FBI reported.

She was found bound and gagged Monday in a Best Western hotel room in North Carolina, said Barry A. Maddox, a spokesman for Baltimore's regional FBI office. The hotel is off Interstate 95 near the Virginia border.

Maddox said the woman was questioned after returning to the Baltimore area, and the FBI was looking into her account.

Forum planned to discuss creation of new school

The Baltimore school system will hold a public forum June 12 to discuss a proposal to create a pre-kindergarten to grade eight school between Thomas Jefferson Elementary School 232 and Rognel Heights Elementary/Middle School 189.

The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Edmondson/Westside High School, 501 Athol Ave. Options for reorganizing the schools will be discussed.

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