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September 17, 2005

HAMPDEN

Man dies after being beaten with cane in fight

A man died yesterday afternoon after he was struck in the head with a cane during a fight with another man in Hampden, city police said.

The victim, James Garrett, 56, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of W. 38th St., stumbled and collapsed on West 36th Street in front of the Hampden Family Center about 2:45 p.m. He died at an undisclosed hospital about 5 p.m.

Police have charged Charles Knott, 51, of the 1400 block of W. 36th St. with first-degree murder.

Police said the two men got into a fight near West 36th Street and Falls Road and that Garrett was struck twice in the head with the cane.

Garrett apparently walked dozens of feet along West 36th Street before falling in the street, where he was found by bystanders.

The homicide was the city's 195th this year, compared with 207 killings for the same period last year.

-- Gus G. Sentementes

BEL AIR

Port Deposit man gets life for assault against woman

A 39-year-old Port Deposit man was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for the attempted murder of the mother of his child in July last year.

Jesus Manuel Rodriguez, who was found guilty in April of attempted first- and second-degree murder in the stabbing of Alicia Yuvette Hamilton, was given the maximum penalty by Circuit Judge Stephen M. Waldron.

Police found Hamilton covered in blood in her Bel Air home with several stab wounds to her neck and chest. She had crawled across the hall of her apartment complex and banged on the door of a neighbor, who called police.

Hamilton told police Rodriguez came into her bedroom as she slept and choked and stabbed her hours after they had gone out to dinner and watched a movie.

-- Justin Fenton

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Middle River man charged in fatal Sept. 4 shooting

A Middle River man has been arrested and charged with murder in a fatal shooting over Labor Day weekend on an Eastern Baltimore County street corner, police said yesterday.

Jerrell Michael Jones, 18, was arrested without incident Thursday at his home in the 700 block of Lannerton Road, county police said. He is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Charles Watson Clark, 20, of the first block of King Richard Court in Rosedale.

Police say Jones was a passenger in a car that pulled up to the corner of Chilworth and Ends leigh avenues, where Clark was standing with friends about 11 p.m. Sept. 4. When Clark recognized Jones from a previous dispute, he ran, but Jones got out of the car and fired several shots, police said. One bullet struck Clark, and he died an hour later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to police.

Jones was denied bail, and he was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

BALTIMORE

NAACP sets up fund to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has set up a fund to help Hurricane Katrina victims from Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.

NAACP officials say the relief fund seeks to provide immediate help to the victim, advocate for the "equitable distribution" of resources from both government and relief agencies and help develop reconstruction plans.

"Our goal is to extend a helping hand to our brothers and sisters in their time of need," said NAACP President Bruce S. Gordon in a statement. "We want to give them hope and help restore their sense of dignity and well-being."

More than $1 million has been collected so far, according to NAACP officials. Contributions may be made online at www.naacp.org, by calling 866-996-2227, or be sending checks made payable to the NAACP Disaster Relief Fund, 4805 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore 21215.

BALTIMORE

Teachers union critical of report by Steele panel

The Baltimore Teachers Union says the Governor's Commission on Quality Education, which issued a report this week recommending widespread market-style reforms in Maryland's schools, lacked representatives from urban school systems.

The union released a statement calling the commission's report "unacceptable," saying urban schools, employee organizations and organized labor should have been involved in its development. It says the report fails to address arts and vocational education.

The statement questions the report's recommendation to expand opportunities for charter schools to form, saying "there is no proof that charter schools have been more successful" than regular schools.

The report is based on a yearlong study by Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele. It calls for scrapping uniform salary schedules for teachers by setting statewide minimum salaries and basing additional compensation on factors such as teacher quality. Teachers would get more money for teaching in difficult schools, and for teaching subjects such as math and science where there is a teacher shortage.

- Sara Neufeld

BALTIMORE

Roland Park principal to leave for JHU post in Jan.

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