Two students arrested after BB gun is found

Baltimore County Digest

May 13, 2006

Two students were arrested at a Baltimore County high school yesterday after one of them was seen with a BB gun in school, police said.

According to police accounts, two Woodlawn High School students were running down the school's hallway about 10:30 a.m. when they bumped into two female students. After a brief altercation, one of the girls noticed a BB gun tucked in the belt of one of the teen boys, police said. The two boys ran outside the school and were caught soon after, police said.

Charles A. Herndon, a spokesman for Baltimore County public schools, said the high school was temporarily placed on "alert status."

Yesterday's incident marked the fourth reported case since late February in which a gun has been brought to a county school or school bus.

On April 25, county police arrested a 16-year-old Milford Mill Academy student after a BB gun shooting that temporarily placed the high school on lockdown. In that instance, two students were shot and taken to an area hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.

On March 1, a 13-year-old boy was arrested outside Lansdowne Middle School after he attempted to rob an 11-year-old boy with a BB gun. And a day earlier, police pulled over a school bus and arrested a 14-year-old boy who had showed another student a loaded handgun.

Herndon said officials are "constantly evaluating and reviewing security" at county schools and added that "we feel as though our schools are by and large extremely safe places for students to be."

Nick Shields


Ride will honor fallen officers

Baltimore County police have invited the public to participate in a motorcycle ride tomorrow to show solidarity with families of officers who have died in the line of duty.

Law Ride 2006 is an event in which thousands of uniformed motorcycle officers from departments across the nation travel in procession to Washington.

The ride will begin at the county police Fallen Heroes monument at the county courthouse plaza in Towson. The event is scheduled to begin about 7 a.m., with participants departing for RFK Stadium in Washington at 8:30 a.m., police officials said.


Tax seminar for faith-based groups

A seminar for faith-based organizations on how to avoid jeopardizing tax-exempt status will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today.

Officials from the state comptroller's office and the Internal Revenue Service will speak to the groups about their 501-C3 status, including such topics as charitable contributions and disclosure rules.

The free event, sponsored by the Baltimore County Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs, will be held at the Liberty Family Resource Center, 3525 Resource Drive in Randallstown. Registration is required. Information: 410-887-5557.


Bus tour, wine tastings scheduled

The Baltimore County Historical Trust is sponsoring a bus tour and wine tastings at the Woodhall and Boordy Vinyards in the northern area of the county to support its preservation efforts.

The tour will be held beginning at 1 p.m. today and will leave from the Hereford Park and Ride, Interstate 83 and Mount Carmel Road.

The cost is $50. Information: 410-832-1812 or

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