News from around the Baltimore region

August 27, 2005


Teachers vote to OK new two-year contract

The membership of the Baltimore Teachers Union has voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new two-year contract that will give teachers and aides their first pay raises in three years.

The contract gives teachers and aides an immediate 2 percent raise, followed by a 1 percent increase in January and a 5 percent increase in the 2006-2007 school year. In balloting Thursday, 91 percent of the teachers and 96 percent of the aides voted in favor of the contract.

The union represents 6,700 teachers and 1,500 aides.

- Sara Neufeld


Authorities searching area for man who fled from police

Authorities in Maryland and Pennsylvania spent yesterday searching the South Carroll area for an armed Pennsylvania man who they said fled from police Thursday night.

When Pennsylvania police tried to serve a court order to confiscate firearms from Michael K. Voland Sr., 45, of Hanover, Pa., after a domestic complaint by his wife, Voland fled in his 1987 Chevrolet truck about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Voland drove south on Route 97 in Carroll County and Maryland state troopers joined Pennsylvania police in the chase. Voland's truck became disabled in the South Carroll community of Berrett, where he fled on foot with a rifle, police said.

State police helicopters, police dogs and tactical teams searched for Voland Thursday and yesterday. Route 97 in Berrett was closed to traffic for several hours Thursday night and residents in the area were warned to stay inside with their doors locked.

Voland is described as a white male, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 140 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a flannel shirt with no sleeves and baseball cap. He faces traffic and criminal charges in both states, police said.

Anyone who might have seen Voland should call the Westminster barracks at 410-386-3000.

-- Ellie Baublitz


Detective seeks public's help in solving killing of teen

A city homicide detective is seeking help from the public in solving the March killing of a former high school quarterback in the Westport neighborhood.

The victim, 19-year-old Darryl Smith Jr., was fatally shot March 2 in the 2300 block of Cedley St. He had played football at Edmondson High School.

"I've interviewed several people concerning the murder but have found nothing so far that will lead me to his killer," said Detective Eric Sharp. "Someone out there knows who did it."

Smith's mother, Erika Ward, also made an appeal in the hope that an arrest in the case would ease the family's distress. "If someone would call police and help solve my son's murder, the family would be eternally grateful," Ward said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Metro Crime Stoppers toll free at 866-7LOCKUP. Phone calls are not recorded, and callers may remain anonymous.

--Richard Irwin


3 motorists charged with DUI while at sobriety checkpoint

Three motorists passing through a sobriety checkpoint last weekend in eastern Baltimore County were charged with driving under the influence, state police said yesterday.

The three were among 258 drivers who passed through the checkpoint, which was in place from about 12:40 a.m. to about 1:45 a.m. Sunday on Route 702 at Old Eastern Avenue, police said. Drivers were pulled to the side of the road for field sobriety testing, police said.

One of the three charged with driving under the influence was also charged with drug possession, according to police.


Back-to-school celebration is scheduled for today

The fifth annual Remington Back-to-School Celebration is being held today outside the Church of the Guardian Angel in the 300 block of W. 27th St.

Free backpacks containing school supplies will be handed out to youths; more than 100 were given away last year.

The event, which goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., also will have a health fair with free screenings sponsored by Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Baltimore Fire Department.

Youths who participated in summer camp at the Maryland Institute College of Art will display their work. Entry is free, but children who want a free backpack must show proof that they live in the Remington neighborhood. Vouchers for school uniforms also will be distributed to community residents.


B&O Railroad Museum is tourism award finalist

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum has been chosen as a finalist for a tourism award co-sponsored by Smithsonian magazine.

The Sustainable Tourism Award for Preservation comes with $20,000 and is given to an organization that supports the preservation of historic or cultural subjects and has a clear connection to tourism.

Police issue warrant for suspect in rape


A 35-year-old Cockeysville man has been charged in the rape of a woman Sunday in her Timonium apartment, but the man apparently has fled the state, police said yesterday.

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