Teacher is charged in thefts from lockers


March 11, 2006

A Baltimore County schoolteacher has been charged with theft after students reported that money and jewelry were stolen from their gym lockers, county police said yesterday.

Louis Michael Clark, a gym teacher at Dundalk High School, was charged with 12 counts of petty theft, police said. Clark, 25, of the 9700 block of Matzon Road in Middle River was arrested Thursday in the school office and was released on $15,000 bond to await trial, according to police.

His arrest came after a four-month investigation into thefts from nine students' lockers, police said. The amounts of cash stolen in separate incidents ranged from $5 to $50, and a necklace with a ring, valued at $150, was also reported stolen, according to charging documents. The total value of the items stolen was $505, according to the charging documents.

Clark kept in his grade book a list of combinations for locks that are permanently installed in the gym lockers, according to the charging documents, which also said that a surveillance camera captured the teacher entering the locker room during a class session.

Charles A. Herndon, a county schools spokesman, said he could not comment on Clark's status because it is a personnel matter, but he said that school system employees charged with a crime are typically reassigned to a job away from the school until the case is decided.


Mental health clinic opening

Baltimore County officials are to announce Monday the opening of a mental health clinic at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown and the assignment of a mental health intervention team based at the county Police Department's Woodlawn precinct.

Mental health professionals at the Urgent Care Clinic, which opened this month at the hospital, are available by appointment Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Information: 410-931-2214.

Members of the In Home Intervention Team, a group of mental health professionals, will accompany officers on calls that might require mental health assistance. Both services are already offered in the eastern part of the county as part of the Mental Health Crisis Response Services initiative, which began in 2001 as a partnership among the county health and police departments and Affiliated Sante Group.


Open house today for family practice

Greater Baltimore Medical Center's Eastpoint Primary Care is marking the opening of its new family practice with an open house from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today.

The new practice will be staffed by Dr. Sylvia Chang, a board-certified family practitioner. Chang has practiced medicine in Pittsburgh and Iowa, where she served as chief of the medical staff at a local hospital.

Community members will be able to participate in free health screenings for blood pressure, bone density, glucose level, hearing, height and weight at the open house, according to Media Relations Manager Michael Schwartzberg. The family practice is in Suite 305, adjacent to GBMC's existing suite on the second floor of Eastpoint Mall. The office can be reached at 410-288-4242.

Trinity church presents forum

An adult education forum, "Science and Religion," will be presented each Sunday in March and April 2 in the parish house of Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave., Towson.

The hourlong forums will begin at 9:30 a.m., and speakers will include teachers of anthropology, astrophysics, geology, theology and medicine. The events are free and open to the public. Information: 410-823-3588.

Events or news items for the Baltimore County Digest may be submitted to baltco.news@baltsun.com. Information should be sent at least 10 days in advance of the event.

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