County Digest


September 24, 2005

Maryland: Schools

$2.5 million goes to aid performance

The Maryland Department of Education is shifting $2.5 million from its general fund to be used to help improve student performance and administration in 17 Maryland school systems. The extra funding, announced by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday, will be added to about $9.3 million in state funds budgeted for school improvement, the state said. The state also expects to tap another $6.5 million in federal funds for school improvement. The funds will be used for 263 schools serving nearly 200,000 students, officials said.

Howard county: Columbia

1 dead, 2 hurt in one-car crash

A one-car accident in Columbia early yesterday killed a man and injured two other people, Howard County police said. Police said excessive speed and alcohol contributed to the crash in which a Nissan Maxima traveling east on Route 175 near Tamar Drive left the road, struck several trees and overturned about 2:20 a.m. The driver was identified as Maricela C. Knight, 30, of Columbia. Knight and the front passenger, Farad Hassan, 24, were transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center where they were in fair condition. The passenger in the back seat, Andrew T. Knight, of Columbia, was thrown from the car and killed, police said.

Gus G. Sentementes

Baltimore County: Politics

Duncan to speak at Sparks gathering

Montgomery County Executive and presumed gubernatorial candidate Doug Duncan is among the speakers scheduled to attend a political gathering tomorrow in northern Baltimore County. The Swing States Road Show and Klezzazz! will provide entertainment at the free event, "Widening the Circle," sponsored by the Progressives of Northern Maryland and scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1433 Sparks Road, Sparks. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and picnic meals.Information:

Harford County: Aberdeen

Incumbent mayor faces 2 opponents

After running unopposed the past two elections for mayor of Aberdeen, four-term incumbent Doug Wilson will have not one but two opponents in the Nov. 8 election. Myra Fender, a 69-year-old former City Council president and wife of a local minister, filed as a candidate this week, adding her name to a list that includes Wilson and S. Fred Simmons, who owns an insurance business and is a member of the Harford County Community College Board of Trustees. Since the city began electing mayors in 1992, there have not been more than two candidates, said city executive assistant Darlene Ostroski, who will oversee the election. Fender lost her seat on the council by five votes in 2003 to current council president Georgina "Gina" Bantum, who has expressed a desire to run again but not yet turned in her application.

Justin Fenton

Charles County: Arson

Suspect accused of violating release

One of five men accused of last year's arson at a Charles County subdivision has violated the terms of his release pending trial, including setting another fire, according to federal prosecutors. In court documents, prosecutors asked a judge to revoke an earlier decision that let Roy McCann live under electronic home monitoring as he awaits trial on arson and conspiracy charges for the Dec. 6 fire at Hunters Brooke in Indian Head. Assistant U.S. Attorney Donna Sanger wrote in a court filing that McCann may have set fire to a pile of household trash. McCann was one of five men accused of setting more than two dozen fires at Hunters Brooke. Two have pleaded guilty while one, Patrick Walsh, was convicted Sept. 2.

Associated press

Montgomery: Silver Spring

Girl killed in fight outside football game

A 15-year-old girl was killed last night in a fight between two groups of girls outside a high school football game, police said. The victim, whose name was not released, was attacked about 8:30 p.m. at James Hubert Blake High School, after Blake's game against Sherwood High, said Lt. Eric Burnett, a Montgomery County police spokesman. Police did not release details of the attack. The victim was taken to Suburban Hospital, where she died. The victim was from the Rockville area. She was not a student at Blake, but it was unclear where she went to school, police and county school officials said.

Associated press

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