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December 23, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

$75,000 payment approved for officer city had fired in '02

The city's Board of Estimates yesterday approved a measure that gives $75,000 in back pay to a city police officer who was fired more than two years ago after being accused of sleeping on the job.

The city had fired officer Daniel Redd in June 2002 but later rehired him under court order. Police officials said they had found Redd asleep about 11 a.m. Oct. 2, 2001, at the reservoir at Druid Hill Park, where he was supposed to be on anti-terrorist duty.

Redd, who joined the force in 1994, sued over his termination. In July, Baltimore Circuit Judge Robert I.H. Hammerman ordered him reinstated and reimbursed for lost wages.

Two students suffer cuts in Walbrook High incident

A 14-year-old female student allegedly cut a male student with a knife yesterday afternoon outside Walbrook High Uniformed Services Academy and injured herself, school officials said. Both suffered nonlife-threatening wounds, said school system spokeswoman Edie House

House said the girl cut herself "by mishandling the knife" in the 3:10 p.m. incident, which left an 18-year-old male student with a leg injury. Both were taken to St. Agnes HealthCare for treatment. They were expected to be taken into police custody when released from the hospital, House said.

The 14-year-old attends the Maritime Academy, a small high school that opened this year in the Walbrook building. The male student attends Walbrook but did not go to classes yesterday, House said.

City panel approves $20,000 reward for tipster

The city Board of Estimates approved $20,000 in reward money yesterday for the man who directed police this summer to the killer of Officer Brian Winder.

The man - who has requested anonymity for fear of retribution - led police to the Northwest Baltimore hotel where suspect Charles Bennett killed himself July 7 as officers closed in on him. Police say Bennett killed Winder on July 3 at a West Baltimore liquor store.

Attorney David Ellin had urged the city this summer to quickly pay his client, the informant. Police said they had to investigate the circumstances surrounding Bennett's brief stay at the informant's house before they could pay the reward. The informant has also received a $10,000 reward from the city Fraternal Order of Police and is expecting $5,000 from the Vanguard Justice Society, a group that represents minority officers.

Man killed in Park Heights identified as area resident

A man who was fatally shot Tuesday night on a street in Northwest Baltimore's Park Heights was identified by police yesterday as a resident of the neighborhood.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m., Northwestern District officers responding to a report of a man shot in the 3100 block of Sumter Ave. found Willie Lee Thrash, 28, lying in the street bleeding from bullet wounds to the thigh and stomach.

Thrash, who lived with his mother in the 4500 block of Pimlico Road nearby, died about an hour later at Sinai Hospital, police said.

No arrest had been made, and anyone with information was urged to call Detective Gary Niedermeier at 410-396-2100.

Girl charged in beating to stay in adult legal system

Seletta Broaddus, a 15-year-old charged in the near-fatal beating of a 12-year-old girl at a birthday party this year, will remain in the adult legal system, a city Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday.

Broaddus, who is charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault, had asked to be transferred back to the juvenile system, but Judge Kaye Allison denied the motion.

Plea arrangements for Broaddus and another young woman charged in the assault of Nicole Ashley Townes fell through this month when defense attorneys balked at the proposal of a sentence range rather than a specific term.

In Baltimore County

Dept. of Aging to describe its services to faith groups

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Department of Aging, in conjunction with the Commission on Aging, is offering a series of presentations about its programs and services to county churches, synagogues, mosques and other faith-based organizations.

The free presentations cover six topics, including "Taking Care of Mom and Dad," "Living the Good Life" and "Avoiding Scams, Frauds and Annoying Telemarketers." A member of the Department of Aging staff will present a one-hour program at the convenience of the organization and provide fliers to assist with promotion, the department said.

Information: 410-887-2594.

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