News from around the Baltimore region

August 17, 2005


North Harford High to start a week late

The school year at North Harford High School will start one week late because of delays related to the $52.7 million renovation of the Pylesville school, county officials announced yesterday.

Students will return to North Harford on Sept. 6, while students at all other county public schools will start Aug. 29.

Superintendent Jacqueline C. Haas said the three-year construction project is on schedule to finish before the start of the 2007-2008 school year. She said the extra week is needed to clean the building, deliver furniture and equipment, and address other maintenance matters.

Haas said students will not be required to make up missed time. Teachers will adjust the pace of instruction, she said.

County Executive David R. Craig said the additional time will allow the school system to ensure that the 1,400 students and staff have a safe environment.

-- Ted Shelsby


Man gets 10-year sentence for robbing 2 banks last year

A Baltimore man who claimed that a heroin addiction led him to rob two banks last year received a 10-year prison sentence yesterday for the crimes, federal prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz also sentenced Steven Murn, 37, of Baltimore to three years of supervised release.

According to the statement of facts presented to the court, Murn entered the Hamilton Federal Bank in the 5600 Harford Road in Northeast Baltimore on Oct. 13, demanded money from a teller and got $487. On Oct. 20, authorities said, Murn walked into Susquehanna Bank at 4204 Ebenezer Road in White Marsh and pointed a toy gun at the teller, who gave him $1,441.

-- Matthew Dolan


Improving intersection a priority for Robey

The Ellicott City intersection of Ridge Road, U.S. 40 and U.S. 29 is Howard County Executive James N. Robey's top highway priority for improvements, according to the county's annual letter to state transportation officials.

The complex intersection is the county's most accident-prone, with 51 crashes last year, because of the awkward confluence of the three roadways, and the nearness of a Wal-Mart, a Super Fresh, rows of townhouses, office buildings and the Lotte Plaza shopping center.

"My top highway priority is for completion of engineering studies of this highly congested and hazardous intersection and the commencement of both short term and long-term improvements," Robey wrote to Robert L. Flanagan, state secretary of transportation.


Lutheran school to construct building in Frizzellburg

Carroll Lutheran School, which has held classes for five years at St. Benjamin's Lutheran Church in Westminster, will soon construct a building of its own in Frizzellburg.

The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan yesterday that will allow the private religious school to break ground next month on a 13,284-square-foot building on Route 832, also known as Old Taneytown Pike.

With nearly 20 acres of farmland northwest of Westminster, the school is expected to have room to grow. The initial plan calls for a classroom building for as many as 200 pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Enrollment is at about 75 pupils, but as the student body grows, the board of directors envisions two additions. Those will add a total of about 11,000 square feet to the campus with a gymnasium and another classroom building.

The school will draw students primarily from 27 Lutheran congregations in Carroll County, two in Baltimore County near the Carroll line, and one just over the Pennsylvania border.

The property lies between Routes 140 and 832, but the State Highway Administration insisted that traffic have access to the school from Old Taneytown Pike, considered a scenic highway. The commission also made approval contingent on the project's receiving an access permit from the state and the school's entering into a public works agreement with the county.

-- Mary Gail Hare


Man interrupts his retrial to plead guilty in murder

Less than two months after a judge declared a mistrial because jurors -- including a man who had lost his son to murder during deliberations -- could not reach a unanimous decision, a city man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other charges.

Corey Anderson was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison, the first five without parole, after interrupting his retrial Monday and asking to take a guilty plea.

Anderson, 25, was accused of fatally shooting Kelvin Larkins Jones Jr., 19, in February last year on Beehler Avenue.

A jury first heard the case in June, and as it was deliberating, the jury foreman, Bobby Anderson Sr. -- who is not related to the defendant -- learned that his son had been shot during a robbery. The foreman asked to remain in deliberations even after his son died the next day. But a mistrial was declared because a woman on the jury said her religious beliefs precluded her from passing judgment on another person.

-- Julie Bykowicz


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