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January 16, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Essex man, 22, convicted of shaking toddler to death

TOWSON -- An Essex man was convicted of second-degree felony murder in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday for shaking his former girlfriend's toddler to death.

Gary W. Buehler, 22, was arrested July 27, 2002, a day after calling 911 to say that 16- month-old Ciara Nicole Franz was injured. Buehler claimed that he had shaken the child -- whom he was watching for the day -- to revive her after a fall.

Doctors said that the toddler's injuries could only have resulted from violent shaking. Buehler, who waived a jury trial and was found guilty by Judge Ruth A. Jakubowski, is scheduled to be sentenced March 10.

Eastern Tech participating in achievement program

ESSEX -- Eastern Technical High School has been chosen to participate in a national school achievement program.

Under the program, called "12 under 12," a dozen schools from around the country agree to set a goal that all students completing 12th grade by June 2013 -- the year before the No Child Left Behind Act expires -- must perform at or above their state's proficiency level in English/language arts/reading and mathematics.

Eastern Tech was selected for the program at the 35th annual conference of the National Staff Development Council in New Orleans. The school has already set a goal of meeting proficiency levels by the 2008-2009 school year.

Executive's education liaison to speak to advisory council

ESSEX -- The Southeast Area Educational Advisory Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Deep Creek Middle School, 1000 S. Marlyn Ave.

Featured speaker will be Matthew Joseph, the county executive's education liaison to the school system. The public is invited.

In Baltimore City

Man found fatally shot on street; suspect arrested

An unidentified man in his mid-20s was fatally shot last night on a street in East Baltimore, and a suspect was arrested moments later, city police said.

About 10 p.m., police heard gunshots in the 2400 block of E. Eager St., saw a man speed away in a Ford Focus, and found the victim lying dead from head wounds in front of a vacant house, said Maj. Steven A. Lukasik of the Eastern District.

The car was spotted by the crew of a police helicopter at Broadway and Orleans Street, where the driver was arrested when he tried to flee on foot, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, adding that a handgun believed used in the slaying was found in the vehicle.

School system gets $500,000 in grants for initiatives

Baltimore schools chief Bonnie S. Copeland accepted yesterday two grants totaling $500,000 in support of school-improvement initiatives.

The donations -- a $250,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to conduct a curriculum and a professional development audit this year, and a $250,000 grant from the Open Society Institute to support middle school reform -- will be administered through the nonprofit Fund for Educational Excellence.

"While we continue to tend to the fiscal health of the school system," Copeland said, "these grants vividly demonstrate the school system's and its stakeholders' ongoing commitment to improving student achievement."

U.S. court to hear case against Uplands evictions

A last-ditch effort to prevent the eviction of about 18 households from the mostly vacant Uplands Apartments complex in Southwest Baltimore is to be heard in federal court today.

A motion filed in U.S. District Court yesterday by lawyers for the Legal Aid Bureau said residents face the prospect of "homelessness or wholly inadequate housing" if they are forced to vacate their apartments by the deadline, which is today.

City officials, contending that the complex has become unsafe, said last week that residents who could not lease units elsewhere would be placed in temporary housing. The city wants to demolish the dozens of buildings in the sprawling complex and create a mixed-income community of more than 500 houses.

Religious leaders to speak at services celebrating King

The Rev. Frank M. Reid III, senior pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, will speak tonight at an erev Shabbat, or evening service, at Temple Oheb Shalom as part of an interfaith service commemorating the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

During the 8 p.m. service, which is open to the public, Bethel's 120-voice chapel choir will sing with Oheb Shalom's adult and teen choirs. The service will take place in the temple's sanctuary at 7310 Park Heights Ave.

On Sunday, Rabbi Steven M. Fink of Oheb Shalom will speak during 11:30 a.m. services at Bethel AME, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.

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