Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

August 09, 2006

Middle-school teacher found fatally shot near home in Middle River

A Baltimore County middle-school teacher was shot and killed yesterday morning near his Middle River home, authorities said.

Dewayne Blanche Jones Jr., 30, of the first block of Vimy Court, a Deep Creek Middle School special-education teacher, was found shot near Morane Way and Vimy Court, county police said.

About 4:10 a.m., police were answering a call about destruction of property when someone notified them that a man was lying in the street.

Jones was shot once in the upper body, county police said.

He was taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where he died, police said.

Police said they know of no suspects or motive in the shooting.

Jones was hired by the Baltimore County school system in January last year and had worked at Deep Creek since then, county school officials said.

Co-workers interviewed described Jones yesterday as a quiet man who worked well with children.

"The kids loved him," said Tirrell White, a special-education teacher. "He had a real good rapport with the kids. ... It seemed like the kids gravitated to him."

Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to call Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020 or the Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7- LOCKUP.

Nick Shields and Liz F. Kay


Medical quarantine is lifted at Detention Center after 2 days

A two-day quarantine affecting 104 inmates at the Baltimore County Detention Center was lifted yesterday after medical officials determined there was no evidence of an outbreak of any communicable disease, a county government spokeswoman said.

The partial quarantine was begun Sunday afternoon, isolating prisoners in two of the Detention Center's 22 housing units.

Court hearings for six inmates scheduled Monday or yesterday had to be postponed because the defendants affected by the quarantine could not be brought to court, said Ellen Kobler, a county spokeswoman.

"There was some concern about potential communicable diseases," she said, adding that an inmate was taken to a hospital as a result. "But indications are clear that there was no cause for concern."

Kobler said that medical privacy laws prevented her from elaborating.

There were 1,428 inmates at the detention center yesterday.

Jennifer McMenamin

Owings Mills

Developer wins $500,000 grant for construction of senior housing

Baltimore County government has awarded a $500,000 grant to a developer for the construction of a housing facility for the elderly in Owings Mills, a Baltimore County Council member announced yesterday.

The federal grant, which is being disbursed by the county Office of Community Conservation, will go toward the construction of a 100-unit facility that would be part of Weinberg Village, said County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Ruxton Democrat.

The project, next to the Jewish Community Center, is expected to be completed in the fall of next year and is being developed by Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc.

The building will be the fourth of five planned for Weinberg Village, which will eventually have 400 units of senior housing.

Seniors have begun moving into the first two buildings, a county government spokeswoman said yesterday.

Council members have been notified of the grant, and unless one brings it up for a vote, the grant will be approved this month.

Josh Mitchell


New degree program integrates maps, data through computers

The Community College of Baltimore County will offer, starting in the fall, a degree program in geospatial applications, school officials said.

The college would become one of only a few on the East Coast to offer a program in the field, which involves integrating maps and data through computers, according to the school's announcement.

Information: 410-455-6936 or

Police on TV

Department's next cable show opens with career discussion

The next edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable television program, will include a discussion of career opportunities in the department.

The show, which is to run through Sept. 11, will also include a look at the department's new Pikesville precinct and a segment on crime trends and wanted suspects, police said.

The program is aired four times a week on Comcast Channel 25 in Baltimore County.

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