City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 09, 2006

Vandalism closes Chinquapin Middle School

Chinquapin Middle School in Northeast Baltimore was closed yesterday after a burglary there over the weekend, city police and school officials said.

Twenty-four windows on classroom doors were smashed, and the cafeteria was doused with bleach and scouring powder in the incident, which occurred between 1 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. yesterday, said Chief Antonio Williams of the city schools police. The main office and some classrooms were ransacked, Williams said, but the school was expected to reopen today.

Williams estimated damage to the building at $1,925 and he said about $1,200 worth of property was stolen, including a Sony digital camera, surveillance compact discs and Motorola radios that school staffers use to communicate internally.

Four people were taped on the school's security camera, Williams said, but their faces were covered with jacket hoods. The burglary was discovered about 6 a.m. yesterday by a school custodian.

Anyone with information is asked to call school police at 410-396-8588.

Sara Neufeld

Baltimore: Pension board

Councilman wants to limit travel

Baltimore City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. said yesterday that he will introduce legislation to limit overseas travel for members of the city's pension board. Harris said he will propose legislation as part of the annual budget, which the City Council must approve next month. The seven-member board, which oversees a retirement fund with more than 19,000 active and retired members, has come under fire from officials for approving $58,000 in educational trips last year. The money, which came from investment income and not taxes, pension officials have said, was used to send members to conventions overseas in such locations as Paris and Monte Carlo, Monaco. The legislation, Harris said, would freeze travel expenses until stronger guidelines could be put in place.

Anne Arundel: Glen Burnie

Man dies trying to cross highway

A Glen Burnie man attempting to cross Ritchie Highway on Sunday night was struck and killed by a truck, Anne Arundel County police said. Richard Nicholas Korsos, 42, was struck at 10:30 p.m. near Americana Circle in Glen Burnie by a pickup driven by Stephen John Firko, 45, of Glen Burnie. Police said Firko told them he didn't see Korsos until he was directly in front of his truck. Police said the area where Korsos crossed has no streetlights and is between intersections. Firko and a witness called 911. Police blamed pedestrian error. Firko has not been charged. The state's attorney's office is investigating.

Bradley Olson

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