City/county Digest


November 17, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Housing authority officer recovering after attack at party

An off-duty Baltimore housing authority police officer remained hospitalized yesterday after being stabbed in the neck late Saturday while escorting unwanted guests from a party in the 600 block of S. Highland Ave., authorities said.

Two men were arrested yesterday in the stabbing, but their identities and details of the arrests were not available, said Melvin Edwards, a housing authority spokesman.

Officer Kareem Walker, 27, a five-year veteran of the force, was in fair condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Walker was attending the party when uninvited guests showed up. He was escorting them out about 11:45 p.m. when someone came up behind him and stabbed him in the neck, Edwards said.

Learning center site to be dedicated today

Baltimore's old Southern District police station will be dedicated at 10 a.m. today as the new home of the South Baltimore Learning Center.

Mayor Martin O'Malley and Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin are expected to be among the officials at the ceremony dedicating the adult education center at 28 E. Ostend St.

The center's mission is to help adults through its literacy and life-skills training. Tours of the center will be given at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In Baltimore County

Group home resident suspected of starting fire

WOODLAWN -- A female resident of a Woodlawn group home for emotionally disturbed adolescents is suspected of starting a fire there Saturday night that injured two county firefighters, but no charges had been filed, authorities said.

The resident was admitted to an area hospital for an emergency medical evaluation, said Lt. Vernon Adamson, a Fire Department spokesman.

Reported at 5:30 p.m., the fire began in the basement of the group home on Kevsway Court and spread to the upper floors.

None of the three residents or a staff worker was injured, but two firefighters were treated for minor burns.

Police release names of Essex men killed in crash

ROSEDALE -- The names of two Essex men killed late Friday in an automobile collision on Pulaski Highway were released yesterday by county police.

Derrick Edward Mims, 18, of the first block of Nerbay Road was driving a 1999 Hyundai east near Rosedale Avenue about midnight when his car jumped a jersey barrier and hit a 1994 Ford station wagon in the westbound lanes, police said.

Mims died along with one of his passengers, Tony Freeman, 21, of the 900 block of Walnut Grove Road, while a second passenger and the driver of the station wagon -- whose names were not released -- were taken to area hospitals with injuries that did not appear life-threatening, police said.

School-funding forum to focus on Thornton plan

TOWSON -- Alvin Thornton, chairman of the state commission whose recommendations led to landmark school funding legislation, will participate tonight in a community forum on funding for public schools.

Other participants will be Christine M. Johns, deputy schools superintendent in Baltimore County, and Bebe Verdery, director of education reform for the Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. They will discuss the recommendations of the Thornton Commission and how the Baltimore County schools plan to use Thornton funds.

The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 York Road.

Student honors concert set for today at Meyerhoff

TOWSON -- More than 300 Baltimore County high school music students will present the annual county High School Honors Concert at 7:30 tonight at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Representing the county's 25 high schools, the performers participated in a rigorous audition process to be in the orchestra, band and chorus. They will perform selections from composers including Bizet, Haydn, Verdi and Sousa.

Conductors will be Col. Arnald Gabriel of the Air Force, Edward Maclary of the University of Maryland and Terry Austin of Virginia Commonwealth University. Tickets are free, but must be reserved by calling 410- 887-4024.

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