City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 11, 2006

Carroll County: Westminster

Girl, 13, charged in knife possession

A 13-year-old girl was arrested at East Middle School in Westminster Tuesday afternoon and charged with possession of a deadly weapon, Capt. Randy Barnes, spokesman for the Westminster police, said yesterday. The Westminster girl came to school with a 7-inch folding knife in her backpack, and other students notified school authorities, although they were not threatened, Barnes said. The girl was released to her mother, he said. The punishment for students possessing a nonfirearms weapon is a four- or five-day suspension from school, according to the Carroll County schools' policy, posted on the district's Web site.

Laura McCandlish

Baltimore: Appointment

Shea to focus on healthy homes

Madeleine A. Shea was announced yesterday as Baltimore's first assistant commissioner for healthy homes. The health commissioner, Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, said Shea's responsibility will focus on reducing childhood lead poisoning, asthma and injuries in the home.

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