Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

April 26, 2006

School board member quits for Ehrlich job

A Baltimore County school board member announced his resignation last night as he takes a job in the Ehrlich administration.

Luis E. Borunda, a businessman from Dundalk, had been appointed to the school board in August 2004 by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who named him Thursday as Maryland's deputy secretary of state.

Borunda is president of The Signman Inc. and past president and co-founder of the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He served on the county board's Southeast Advisory Council and founded the U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur and Education Foundation, a program for high school students. He grew emotional last night at his last board meeting, as he thanked fellow members.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in the Maryland section yesterday incorrectly stated where former Baltimore County school board member Luis E. Borunda lives. He lives in Essex.
The Sun regrets the errors.

"We spent countless hours together in helping to shape Baltimore County public schools," he said.

The governor will appoint a replacement for the school board seat.

Liz F. Kay

Milford Mill

BB gun shooting forces lockdown

Baltimore County police arrested a 16-year-old Milford Mill Academy student after a BB gun shooting that authorities said temporarily placed the high school on lockdown.

Police did not identify the student, who was charged as a juvenile with two counts of first-degree assault.

Police received a report at 8:19 a.m. that students had been shot with a BB gun in a locker room at Milford Mill, in the 3800 block of Washington Ave., Baltimore County police said.

The students were taken to Northwest Hospital with injuries that were not considered serious, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman.

Vickie Warehime, another county police spokesman, said a 14-year-old boy was shot in the head and a 15-year-old boy was shot in the back. She said both returned toschool after treatment at Northwest Hospital Center.

She said one BB was found near the boys locker room.

Ashley Booker, a 17-year-old senior, said she heard a "really low" sound, apparently the BB gun being shot, and then saw a gun. She said she ran to her class, and later was waiting for her mother to pick her up from school.

"After this, I'm just happy it's my last year," the girl said. "I don't feel safe. This is terrible."

Soon after the shootings, the school was placed on lockdown, Hill said.

He said police believe everyone involved is a student at the school. Police did not say how many shots were fired, and investigators did not know of a motive, Hill said.

The lockdown was lifted about 9 a.m., Hill said.

Nick Shields


Police seek in help in fatal stabbings

Baltimore County police are asking for the public's help in identifying five people who might have been with two Halethorpe men later found fatally stabbed in Arbutus.

The bodies of Youani Alvares, 29, and Joel Gonzales, 27, who lived in a house in the 2600 block of Virginia Ave., were found Jan. 8 in a field near Shelbourne Road in Arbutus, police said. The two men were at the Club Mate and Lounge in the 3600 block of S. Hanover St. in Baltimore the night before their deaths, police said.

The men were seen with several other Hispanic men at the club that night, police said.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the possible witnesses call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

Nick Shields


Doctors' group holds dinner-lecture

The Overlea Personal Physicians medical group is holding the first of two "Healthy Servings" dinners and lectures at 5 p.m. today at its offices at 7602 Belair Road.

Dr. Brian Kahn, a cardiologist at the medical group, will discuss "What's New in Cardiac Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment." Tours of the new center will also be given, along with plans for healthful lifestyle changes. On May 17, Dr. Luis Queral, director of the Vascular Center at Mercy Medical Center will discuss,"Early Diagnosis and Successful Treatment of Vascular Disease."

Information and registration: 410-951-1705.

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