News from around the Baltimore region

August 19, 2005


After appeals, schools comply with U.S. law

After five successful appeals by the Howard County school system, the State Department of Education has confirmed that all of the county's elementary and middle schools met the requirements for adequate yearly progress for the 2004-2005 school year under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

This week, the state granted an appeal for Wilde Lake Middle School, after the school system pointed out that pupils who should have been considered part of a group with limited English skills were omitted when considering scores on the Maryland School Assessment test.

Last week, the state granted appeals for Phelps Luck Elementary, Cradlerock School and Patuxent Valley Middle School, all of which had special-education pupils who failed to meet state standards. An appeal involving Homewood Center was granted earlier this summer.

State officials have granted appeals to a number of Maryland school systems because a modified version of the assessment test will be available to a wider group of special-education pupils in the future.

- Sandy Alexander


Woman killed, man injured in shooting Wednesday

Two acquaintances were shot - one fatally - in Severn on Wednesday evening, Anne Arundel police said.

A woman who has not been identified by police was struck by at least one bullet and was pronounced dead at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, police said. Joshua David Doyle, 19, of Laurel was also shot in the incident, police said. He was treated and released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday.

The two victims were riding in a car with a 14-year-old Odenton boy and a 20-year-old Laurel man near Fort Meade when they stopped for an unknown reason and got out of the car near Robin Court, said Lt. David D. Waltemeyer Jr., a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County police. A dark-colored car with three people in it then pulled up next the group, and at least one person from the dark car began shooting at the group of four, Waltemeyer said. The dark car sped away from the scene, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the homicide unit at 410-222-3566. Metro Crime Stoppers has offered a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest. They can be contacted at 1-866- 7LOCKUP.

The slaying is the sixth homicide in Anne Arundel County this year, Waltemeyer said.

- Annie Linskey


Police seek man in rape and robbery of woman, 21

Police are seeking help from the public to identify and find a man who raped a woman Wednesday night in western Baltimore County.

Baltimore County police said the incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. after the 21-year-old woman got off a bus at North Rolling and Fairbrook roads. She was forced at gunpoint into an area behind the 7100 block of Fairbrook Road, where she was raped and robbed, police said.

The suspect is described as a black male, 30 to 35 years old and bald, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches and 200 to 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark T-shirt and light-colored shorts.

Anyone with information about the suspect can call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers, 1-866-756-2587.


Tomato tasting tomorrow at Carroll farm museum

The Carroll County Farm Museum will hold a Tomato Tasting Day featuring heirloom tomatoes from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Heirloom Garden on the museum grounds at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Tomatoes will be served fresh from the garden, along with examples of tomato cuisine such as pickles, pie, sorbet and salad.

The public is encouraged to bring heirlooms from home gardens to share and compare with the museum's varieties. A selection of mature heirloom vegetables and herbs will be included with the tomato sampling.

Visitors are encouraged to bring other produce for exhibit and sampling.

Admission to the tasting event is free. For tours of the museum, regular admission fees apply: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 7 to 18 and 60 and older, free for 6 and under with a paying adult.

Reservations are suggested. To register for the tomato tasting, call Pat Brodowski at 410-386- 3893.

Information: 410-386-3880.


Youth football jamboree set for tomorrow at park

Baltimore's 2005 Youth Tackle Football Jamboree is set for tomorrow at Easterwood Park near the Bentalou Recreation Center.

The jamboree will include players from 20 teams, live entertainment from several bands, and light refreshments. Free and open to the public, the jamboree is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks' youth tackle football program is set to begin Sept. 3 and will run through Nov. 26. Information: Sherron Bogues at 410-396-0848, or Ali Danois at 410-396-7016.


Special ed official takes extended leave

As the state prepares to take control of Baltimore's special-education program, the city schools administrator who oversees special education has taken an extended leave, school system officials said.

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