City/county Digest


August 23, 2006

Autopsy is inconclusive in boy's death

An autopsy could not determine whether the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old Glen Burnie boy was a suicide or an accident, the state medical examiner's office said yesterday.

"The manner of death is pending," said the office's Linda Thomas.

Tawn Anderson, 12, of the 500 block of Crestpark Drive was found in the basement of his house with a gunshot wound to the upper body at 7 p.m. Monday, police said. He was declared dead 30 minutes later.

Officer Sara Schriver, a spokeswoman for Anne Arundel County police, said that the boy's parents and his sister were upstairs at the time. She would not say who found the boy, but she said that his mother called 911.

Police planned to conduct ballistics tests on the weapon to determine whether it had misfired.

A woman answering the door at the boy's home said, "Let us grieve. We don't want to comment. Let us grieve."

Annie Linskey

Carroll County: School vandalism

Oklahoma Road Middle is hit again

Oklahoma Road Middle School in southern Carroll County was vandalized over the weekend - the second time this month - the Carroll County Sheriff's Office reported yesterday. Six windows and exterior lighting globes were shattered, police said. Overnight Aug. 8-9, rocks were thrown from the school roof, shattering several windows. Damages in both incidents exceed $4,000, police said. The sheriff's office anonymous tip line: 888-399-TIPP (8477).

Laura McCandlish

Region: Washington

Ex-charity chief joins D.C. group

Two months after his ouster as president of Baltimore-based Associated Black Charities, Gary Officer has been named president and chief executive officer of Rebuilding Together, a national volunteer-based organization with headquarters in Washington that rehabilitates low-income housing. He will start there Sept. 7, according to a news release. He resigned July 13 from Associated Black Charities after being threatened with firing, according to internal memos obtained by The Sun. Officer previously was executive director of the National Credit Union Foundation in Washington.

Gadi Dechter

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