City/county Digest


September 16, 2006

Skeletons of 3 discovered in Perryman area of Harford

State police are investigating the discovery of skeletal remains found yesterday in the Perryman area of Harford County, near the location where the bodies of two women were dumped earlier this year.

A county law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said yesterday's discovery involved the remains of three bodies.

About 10 a.m., a passer-by discovered the remains near Boyer and Chelsea roads and notified the Bel Air barracks of the state police. Investigators combed the area throughout the day and located the remains of two more bodies, according to the law enforcement source.

As of late yesterday, state police had not identified the remains and released few details of the investigation. The state police said in a news release that the remains will be taken to the state medical examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

In June, the bodies of two women were found about two weeks apart near train tracks in southeastern Harford. Police are continuing investigation into the deaths of Lillian Abramowicz Phelps and Sheila Ann Turner, both of whom were in their early 40s and had disappeared in May.

Mary Gail Hare

Anne Arundel: Jessup

3 inmates stabbed; prison locked down

Three inmates were stabbed at the Maryland Correctional Institution last night, leading authorities to lock down the facility, a prison spokesman said.

A fight broke out in the dayroom of the prison about 9:20 p.m. among inmates armed with improvised weapons, said Maj. Priscilla Doggett of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The wounded inmates were taken to an area hospital, the spokeswoman said. Their conditions were not known last night.

Doggett said she did not know the cause of the fight, but that prison authorities are investigating. No correctional officers or other prison staff were injured, she said.

The Jessup Correctional Institution, unlike the neighboring Maryland House of Corrections, does not house maximum-security inmates. Another stabbing occurred there Sept. 4, when an inmate attacked a correctional officer overseeing the movement of prisoners to breakfast. Under a lockdown, inmates are confined to their cells.

Harford County: Madonna

Aberdeen man killed in crash

A head-on collision on Norrisville Road in Harford County yesterday resulted in the death of a 42-year-old Aberdeen man, state police said. Gerald Edward Garcia of W. Chapel Road was killed around 5:30 p.m. when the Dodge Dakota he was driving northbound struck a Chevrolet truck being driven southbound by a Baltimore County man, according to a press release issued by the State Police's Bel Air barracks. The driver of the truck, Daniel Keith Pfeltz, 25, of East Boundary Avenue, Rosedale, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was listed in serious but stable condition early this morning. A light rain was falling and the road was wet at the time of the accident. The accident occurred on Norrisville Road north of Harford Creamery Road. The cause of the accident is under investigation, police said.

Baltimore: Schools

Special-ed makeup hours cut in half

The Baltimore school system reported this week that it has made up almost half of the 92,000 hours of special-education services that students missed during the 2004-2005 school year.

The system provided 10,239 hours of makeup services such as speech therapy and counseling to students over the summer, bringing the total provided to 45,000, according to information presented at a school board meeting. Last year, the system provided only 531 hours of makeup services during the summer.

The breakdown in providing services two years ago led to a federal judge sending state managers to oversee special education in the city.

Sara Neufeld

2006 Poly graduate wins national award

Justin Tibbels, a 2006 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, has been named one of 12 winners nationally of the Young Naturalist Award, sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History. The only winner from Maryland, Tibbels was awarded for his research while at Poly on blue crab growth. The competition is open to students in grades seven through 12, with two winners per grade. It requires them to conduct their own research and document and analyze their observations. Entries are judged on accuracy, thoroughness, and creativity in writing and drawing. Tibbels, who is a freshman at the Johns Hopkins University, receives a cash award of $2,500. Excerpts from his winning essay will be posted on the museum's Web site,

Sara Neufeld

Fundraiser to aid School for the Arts

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