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Hamilton pupil has meningitis, officials confirm

City school officials confirmed yesterday that a pupil at Hamilton Elementary/Middle School has contracted meningitis - a serious infection of the fluid of the spinal cord and surrounding the brain.

Letters went home to parents of pupils at the Northeast Baltimore school yesterday, system spokeswoman Edie House said.

City health officials could not be reached last night, and it was unclear which of the two types of the disease the pupil had. Bacterial meningitis, which is contagious, can be quite severe and can cause brain damage, hearing loss or learning disability. Viral meningitis is generally less severe.

Sprinkler system problem closes Schaefer Tower

The William Donald Schaefer Tower was closed about 1:30 p.m. yesterday after a problem was discovered with its sprinkler system, sending more than 1,500 state employees home.

The problem was in the water pump assembly system, and repairs began yesterday afternoon, according to the Department of General Services. The city Fire Department recommended that the building not be reopened until the sprinkler system is functioning.

The 27-story building at 6 St. Paul St. - home to 17 state agencies including the Maryland Transit Administration and Public Service Commission - will remain closed today, and employees there should not report to work, said General Services spokesman Dave Humphrey.

Man stabbed on steps of house dies at hospital

A man who was stabbed outside a West Baltimore rowhouse Tuesday evening died yesterday afternoon at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, city police reported.

The victim, Darian K. Hargrove, 35, of the 5200 block of Kelway Road in Northwood, was sitting on the front steps of a house in the 1600 block of Druid Hill Ave. about 6:15 p.m. when another man stabbed him several times in the upper body with what appeared to be a screwdriver, said Detective Gina Pugliano.

In an unrelated killing, police identified yesterday Wanda McNeil, 40, of the 1800 block of E. 29th St. as the woman fatally stabbed Monday night in the 200 block of S. Dallas Court.

No arrest had been made in either homicide.

Community health group to rent part of ex-school

The Park Heights Community Health Alliance will rent part of a former elementary school for $1,145 a month to provide health services under an agreement approved by the Board of Estimates yesterday.

The community health group will operate out of several rooms in the former Malcolm X Elementary School, 2810 Shirley Ave.

The organization will offer services intended to reduce the spread of HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as tuberculosis. It also will provide mental health and substance abuse services.

In Baltimore County

Officer crashes into pole while responding to call

TOWSON - A Baltimore County police officer crashed his squad car yesterday morning while responding to an emergency call, police said.

Officer John Haddaway, 24, who has been with the department three years, smashed into a traffic-light pole at Pennsylvania and Bosley avenues about 10 a.m., police said, knocking the traffic signals to the ground.

The car's lights and siren were on, and the officer was trying to maneuver around oncoming traffic at the time of the accident, police said.

Haddaway suffered nonlife-threatening injuries but was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore as a precaution, police said. No one else was injured. Traffic was diverted from the intersection while workers repaired the lights.

Military personnel serving in Iraq to be honored

TIMONIUM - Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, will speak at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. The event will honor men and women serving in Iraq and will include a tribute to those who served in World War II.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the cemetery, 200 E. Padonia Road. The observance is free and open to the public.

Other speakers will include Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Maj. Gen. Bruce F. Truxill, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard.

Dennis Miller to headline at school fund-raising gala

PIKESVILLE - Comedian Dennis Miller will headline the annual fund-raising gala June 3 to benefit the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. Aharon and Rachel Dahan, two of the school's founders and benefactors, will be honored.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Beth Tfiloh Sanctuary, 3300 Old Court Road. All proceeds will go to the school's scholarship fund, which helps more than 200 students each year.

Tickets start at $75. Information: 410-653-7284.

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