Audit shows problems at charter school in Arundel

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

April 15, 2006

A draft audit of an Anne Arundel County charter school says it has financial problems and could be in the red by the end of the school year, according to a copy obtained by The Sun.

School officials turned up record-keeping and budgeting issues in the audit of Chesapeake Science Point, a new math, science and technology charter school in Hanover. A draft of the audit was released by the school, which, in the past few months, has had its director removed and three teachers transferred by the county school system.

"We ... have significant concerns about the ability of the school to meet its cash needs," the draft audit states.

State and county officials and school leaders have said they are working together to address its problems.

Anica Butler

Baltimore: West side

Police identify shooting victim

City police identified yesterday the man fatally shot on a street in West Baltimore Thursday evening. About 6 p.m., Anthony Walker, 25, and a 51-year-old woman whom police declined to identify were outside on Callow Avenue. They were apparently shot by two men who fled, but descriptions were not available, police said. Walker was hit several times in the upper and lower torso, according to Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. Police said 22 vials of suspected cocaine were recovered from Walker, who lived in the 2300 block of Madison Ave.

Federal court

City man gets 15 years in gun case

A 42-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday in federal court to more than 15 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a gun. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis also ruled that Jerome Henderson was an armed career criminal based on Henderson's three previous convictions for a violent felony or serious drug offense. Prosecutors said that Baltimore police officers attempted to stop Henderson on Nov. 3, 2002 because he matched a victim's description of robbery suspect. As the officers attempted to apprehend Henderson, he fled and threw his loaded Beretta semiautomatic pistol onto the grassy median of Eutaw Street before his arrest, prosecutors said. After a four-day jury trial, Henderson was convicted on the gun charge June 23, 2004.

Matthew Dolan

Patterson Park

Victims' Fund 5k is set today

The sixth annual Victims' Fund Run and Walk is scheduled to be held at 9 a.m. today, starting near the Recreation Center inside Patterson Park, 2601 E. Baltimore St. The event -- organized by Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy and set to be held rain or shine -- raises money for a fund that helps crime victims with unexpected costs not usually covered by insurance. It includes a five-kilometer run and a one-mile walk, and both courses are wheelchair-accessible. Registration is $20. For additional information, call 410-396-1897 or go to stattorney.org.

Canton

Kayak club opening season with party

The Canton Kayak Club will celebrate the opening of its 2006 season from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday with a free party at the Bay Cafe in Canton, 2809 Boston St. Returning club members and people interested in joining are welcome to attend. Annual dues are $125 for individuals and $225 for couples. Information: www.cantonkayakclub.com.

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