City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

October 26, 2005

Howard County: Columbia

Driver is arrested after car chase

An Anne Arundel County man was arrested early yesterday evening and charged with criminal and traffic violations after leading police on a chase from Brooklyn to Columbia in a stolen 2006 Mercedes-Benz, police said. Jason Russell Lester, 28, of Glen Burnie is charged with stealing the car from a Mercedes lot in the 2900 block of Childs St. about 5:30 p.m. During the pursuit, an Anne Arundel County police car was struck at Hammonds Ferry Road and Trillo Avenue. The officer was not injured. The pursuit ended minutes later in the 7100 block of Minstrel Way in Columbia, when Lester was arrested after a foot chase. The $57,000 car suffered minor damage, police said.

Baltimore County: Education

History teachers to receive training

The Baltimore County school system will use a nearly $1 million grant from the federal Department of Education to train 30 U.S. history teachers to mentor their colleagues.

Baltimore County is the only Maryland school system to receive funds through the Teaching American History grant program. More than 120 awards totaling $118.4 million have been distributed nationwide, according to an announcement.

Ten teachers from the fourth, fifth and 11th grades working in under-performing schools are to be trained.

CCBC marks opening of learning center

The Community College of Baltimore County's new learning center in Hunt Valley opens with a ceremony from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. In July, the college moved its Hunt Valley Center from a smaller site to the 20,000-square-foot facility at 11101 McCormick Road. Courses offered include information technology, English for Speakers of Other Languages, history, art, and health and wellness. CCBC has offered educational and professional courses in Hunt Valley since the mid-1980s. Information: 410-771-6835.

Baltimore: Poly

Hazardous waste drop-off scheduled

The Baltimore Department of Public Works has scheduled the city's semiannual Household Hazardous Waste drop-off days for this weekend. Residents can bring materials they want to throw away - such as bleach, pesticides, herbicides, car batteries, propane tanks, gasoline, pool chemicals, computer equipment and other electronic items - to the parking lot at the Polytechnic Institute at Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane. The lot will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Proof of city residency, such as a driver's license or a bill, is required.

Neighborhoods

Volunteers clear 155 tons of trash

City officials report that 155 tons of trash were collected during the weekend's Clean Alley Rally. About 2,000 people volunteered to remove trash Saturday from dozens of alleys across the city, according to the Baltimore Department of Public of Works. Since 2000, the 12 citywide cleanups have collected almost 16,000 tons of trash.

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