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June 01, 2005


Teen charged as adult in stabbing near school

A 14-year-old South Baltimore girl was arrested and charged as an adult with a stabbing yesterday afternoon that left another girl in critical condition, police said.

The victim, Shatina Quinn, 15, whose address was not released, was walking with another girl in the 3800 block of St. Margaret St. about 3 p.m. when she was attacked by another teenager who stabbed her at least once in the chest and fled, police said.

FOR THE RECORD - An article yesterday incorrectly reported the time that Fred L. Davis remained detained at the Howard County Detention Center. Davis, a Hammond High teacher who was arrested Tuesday morning on charges that he sold marijuana to a student who attends the school, was released from the detention center Tuesday afternoon. The Sun regrets the error.

The incident occurred a block from Benjamin Franklin Middle School, but it was not known if the girls were students there, police said.

Quinn was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was in critical condition last night, police said.

More than five hours after the attack, the suspect was found in a vacant house in the 4100 block of West Bay Court, police said.

Arrested was Keyona Dillon of the 900 block of Stoll St., who police said was charged as an adult with first-degree assault after consultation with the state's attorney's office and jailed at Central Booking and Intake Center.

- Richard Irwin


Inmate who died had sought OK to take walk, lawyer says

Inmate Raymond K. Smoot was trying to talk a guard into letting him make up for missed exercise time in the moments before a fatal altercation with officers, an attorney representing his family says.

Attorney A. Dwight Pettit has interviewed witnesses to the May 14 incident at the state-run Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center as part of a wrongful-death lawsuit he plans to file against the state.

An internal investigation by the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is in its third week, and six correctional officers remain on paid administrative leave. The department has declined to comment in detail about the probe. The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation.

Smoot, 51, had missed a scheduled walk and was trying to get permission to go with another group, Pettit said. According to the lawyer, when a guard told Smoot to go back into his cell, the cell door jammed, and when it opened an officer started to push Smoot, who put his hands up in a defensive manner. "I'm told there was absolutely no blow being thrown by him," he said.

Smoot and the officer fell down, triggering an alert that brought officers pouring into the area, and officers started beating him, Pettit said.

-- Associated Press


Repairs will close ramp from Russell St. to I-95

The entrance ramp from Russell Street onto Interstate 95 south will close at 10 tonight for almost two weeks of repair work.

The repairs are expected to keep the entrance ramp closed through 5 a.m. June 13.

Motorists seeking access to I-95 south will be directed to continue south along Russell Street onto Route 295, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. The detour will lead them to Exit 7 onto I-695, the Baltimore Beltway, and then west along I-695 until they can pick up I-95 south at Exit 11.


High school teacher accused of selling drugs

A Hammond High School English teacher was arrested yesterday on charges that he sold marijuana to a student who attends the school, Howard County police said.

Fred L. Davis, 25, of the 9000 block of Thamesmeade Road in Laurel - who was arrested Friday on drug possession charges - is accused of drug distribution, conspiracy to distribute drugs and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

As of yesterday evening, Davis remained at the Howard County Detention Center.

Davis, a graduate of Towson University and a first-year teacher at the Columbia high school, has been placed on administrative leave with pay, said Patti Caplan, the school system's spokeswoman.

Police said an investigation began early last month after a parent complained about finding Internet correspondence between Davis and a student mentioning drugs.

A search of Davis' home Friday found a bag of marijuana on a coffee table and drug paraphernalia, according to a court document.

Pfc. Jennifer Reidy said drugs were not sold on school property.

"At this time all we know is there is one student, and we are investigating to see if other students are involved," Reidy said.

- Tyrone Richardson


Anne Arundel council passes Owens' $1.3 billion budget

The Anne Arundel County Council yesterday unanimously approved a $1.3 billion budget for fiscal 2006, marking the end of what was considered one of the least-stressful deliberations over spending in years.

The County Council, which can cut from but not add to a county executive's proposed budget, subtracted very little from $1.1 billion in operating expenses and $232 million in capital projects that County Executive Janet S. Owens proposed early last month.

Owens and the seven-member council agreed to the final changes last week, and the spending package was approved on the day before the budget was due. The entire meeting took 19 minutes.

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