A police investigation has determined that a Pennsylvania man charged this week with killing a man whose body was found along a highway in northern Baltimore County was involved in a bank loan scheme with the victim, court records show.
Witnesses told police that the suspect had confronted the victim about "not receiving his cut" of an illegal $15,000 bank transaction, according to District Court charging documents.
Justin Anthony Glover Jr., 24, of Harrisburg, Pa., is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Wesley Person, 26, of Steelton, Pa., who was found dead early Christmas Eve near Interstate 83.
County firefighters and police went to the location about 1:30 a.m. that day for what was thought to be a brush fire and found Person's burned body. He had been shot.
The police investigation revealed that Person had completed a bank transaction the morning of Dec. 23. Witnesses said Glover initially denied knowing about the transaction but later said he confronted Person after picking him up later that day, court records show.
Investigators determined that Glover was the last person seen with the victim, and cell phone records showed that he traveled to northern Baltimore County the night of Dec. 23 and was there until at least 2 a.m. the next morning before returning to the Harrisburg area, according to court documents.
Glover was being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
School closes because of illnesses
Towson Catholic High School closed yesterday because of an unusual number of absences caused by illness, the head of area Catholic schools said.
"There's been some sort of illness at the school which they have been monitoring this week," said Ronald J. Valenti, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
He said did not know the nature of the illness or how many students were affected. No one answered phone calls to Towson Catholic, but the outgoing message said school was closed yesterday because of "a high number of student absences."
Principals in archdiocese schools can make the decision to close their schools based on their assessment of absenteeism among students and teachers.
No classes were to be held today because of a faculty retreat, Valenti said.
The Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore closed for two days last year when more than a quarter of its 426 students stayed home, many of them with type-a influenza. The school principal said then that it was a precautionary measure.
Liz F. Kay
Winners named in math contest
Four children were awarded top prizes in Baltimore County's ninth annual "24 Challenge" tournament.
The game calls for students to quickly figure out how to add, subtract, multiply or divide the four numbers printed on flashcards to reach the number 24.
About 140 pupils from more than 50 elementary and middle schools played Saturday, said county schools spokesman Brice Freeman. The grand champions, who won $1,000 U.S. savings bonds and trophies, are:
Pretty Boy Elementary School's Jonathan Luckin in the elementary school standard division
Hereford Middle School's Maia Morgan in the middle school standard division
Hereford Middle's Taryn Quaytman in the middle school fractions division
Hereford Middle's Jake Quaytman in the middle school integers division.
Crime lab featured on cable show
This month's edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program, will include a feature on the crime lab.
Guests will include Irv Litofsky, director of the forensic services section, and Cpl. Mark Ensor, a ballistics expert. The program will also include a segment on burglars targeting the elderly.
The cable show will be broadcast through April 7 on Comcast Channel 25 at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
Internet safety program scheduled
A free Internet safety program will be offered to parents at the Beth Tfiloh Rosen Arts Center at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, 3300 Old Court in Pikesville, at 7:30 p.m. March 22.
FBI agents Allison Sutton and Victoria Backes of the Innocent Images Task Force, who investigate and prevent Internet crimes against children, will discuss the dangers of unsupervised Internet use. Steve Uhr, Beth Tfiloh's director of technology, will provide tips for monitoring children's Internet use and safeguarding family computers against Internet predators.
This event is free and open to the public.
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