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August 09, 2005

HOWARD COUNTY

Police locate 8 of 13 missing sex offenders

Howard County police have located all but five of 13 sex offenders in the county who had failed to report current addresses for a statewide registry of child molesters, rapists and other violators, a spokeswoman for the department said yesterday.

Police began confirming the addresses of the county's 76 registered sex offenders two weeks ago after a convicted rapist accused of killing his teenage stepdaughter in Essex revealed statewide gaps in the voluntary reporting system.

Of the four men and one woman on Howard County's list who remain at large, police have leads on three, Pfc. Jennifer Reidy said. One of the located men had moved to Arizona and registered there last month, but did not report the change to Maryland authorities as required, she said.

The offenders, who have been charged with misdemeanors for failing to report their addresses accurately, are being released on bonds ranging from nothing to $5,000.

"As they get their bails, we are going to be knocking on the door of whatever address they give to verify their accuracy," Police Chief Wayne Livesay said.

Police still are searching for Karen Diane Hammond, 49; Bryan Michael Davis, 24; Allen Lawrence Evans, 52; Ricardo Alonso Lewis, 40; and Bert Lee Barnett, 55. All of them most recently reported Columbia as their city of residence.

-- Melissa Harris

ANNE ARUNDEL

Researchers to discuss firefighter cancer study

Medical researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will discuss their 10-month study of cancer cases among Anne Arundel County firefighters at a public meeting tomorrow evening.

Dr. Jonathan Samet, the lead investigator, will make a presentation about the study and then field questions from the public.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and be held at Lindale Middle School, 415 Andover Road, Linthicum.

The state and the county asked Johns Hopkins public health researchers to look into the concerns of some current and former firefighters that exposure to smoke during training at the Millersville academy in the 1970s may have led to cancer cases. The Fire Department burned fuels containing a potential carcinogen, polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, during that period.

The study revealed that at least 17 firefighters have developed at least one form of cancer. But the 43-page study failed to establish a link between training at the academy and the firefighters' developing cancer.

Public health researchers recommended a broader look at the issue than the $25,000 state-funded study provided.

The full report may be viewed online at www.jhsph.edu/firefighters. Information: Nrupen Bhavsar, 410-614-4962.

BALTIMORE

Police seeking information in fatal shooting of man, 18

Police yesterday said they were seeking information in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man Sunday evening while he was in a car in the Better Waverly neighborhood of Baltimore.

Paul Talley was found by police about 6:45 p.m. after he had been shot while sitting in the front passenger seat of a red Ford Taurus in the 800 block of E. 30th St. He lived in the 2600 block of Boone St., in the same neighborhood, police said. Talley died about 35 minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said. His homicide was the city's 171st this year, compared with 175 for the same period last year, police said.

Anyone with information was urged to call Metro Crime Stoppers, an anonymous tips program that offers rewards, at 866-7LOCKUP.

BALTIMORE

Children from rec centers to display art skills at exhibit

Children from several Baltimore recreation centers will be showcasing their artistic talents and other skills today in the Glass Pavilion at the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus.

The children, ages 5 to 12, were urged to push the boundaries of hip-hop poetry, cartooning, jazz, African dance, theater, storytelling and music. They attended a summer camp sponsored by the city's Department of Recreation and Parks and were trained by officials from Baltimore's Office of Promotion and the Arts.

The camp, in its third year, is designed to provide instruction in the arts, a subject that has been cut or reduced in some schools because of budget concerns, the parks department said.

TANEYTOWN

Horse park officials visit Carroll, Frederick sites

Maryland Stadium Authority officials visited Carroll and Frederick counties yesterday, touring the first of six possible sites being considered for a state horse park -- an equine showcase with a 5,000-seat arena, performing rings, hundreds of horse stalls and a museum.

The selection committee will travel to Annapolis and Wicomico County tomorrow and Cecil and Harford counties Thursday, with hopes of a decision on the location by the middle of next month.

"They reiterated to us that all of the sites are on a level playing field," said Lawrence F. Twele, director of economic development in Carroll County. "They told us they liked our topography as well as the size and the terrain of our site."

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