Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

October 12, 2006

School locks down after shooting nearby

About 200 pupils were kept locked inside Holabird Elementary School in Southeast Baltimore as a precaution yesterday afternoon as city police attempted to find three men involved in a shooting a few blocks away.

Details about the shooting were not available last night, but police said a shooting victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The name and condition were unknown.

Children in pre-kindergarten were being dismissed about noon when school officials were told by police to put Holabird Elementary, in the 1500 block of Imla St., in lockdown after a man was shot nearby in a house in the 1600 block of Joplin St. said Vanessa Pyatt, a school system spokeswomen.

Pyatt said the young children were picked up by their parents shortly before the lockdown was put into effect. The remaining students filed into the auditorium, where they had a snack, did their homework and watched the animated movie Shrek. They were allowed to leave about 4:15 p.m., Pyatt said.

During the lockdown, police received a tip that at least one man sought in the shooting had taken refuge in a house in the 1300 block of Elrino St., a few blocks from the school.

After tear gas was tossed into the house, members of the police Quick Response Team searched the premises but found no suspect, police said.

Sara Neufeld, Gus Sentementes and Richard Irwin

Girl, 14, stabbed in city school

A 14-year-old girl was hospitalized after being stabbed in the arm yesterday by a Pimlico Middle School classmate wielding a 10-inch kitchen knife, city school officials said.

The classmate, a 13-year-old girl, was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, said school system spokeswoman Vanessa Pyatt.

Pyatt said the stabbing, believed to be the first this academic year in a city public school, occurred about 1:15 p.m. She did not know where in the school building the incident occurred. She said the two girls were involved in an "ongoing neighborhood dispute."

The victim was taken to Sinai Hospital, where she was being treated last night for two stab wounds in her arm, Pyatt said.

Sara Neufeld

Man arrested in BWI threats

A 59-year-old man was arrested yesterday afternoon at his home near Woodlawn and charged with e-mailing a pair of bomb threats hours earlier to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Maryland Transportation Authority Police reported.

The threats -- which did not result in any flight delays -- were sent about 7:45 a.m. to an e-mail address that appears on the Web site of an agency at the airport by someone using an "anonymous remailer" and the name "George Orwell," police said.

Transportation authority detectives arrested George F. Spicka at his home in the 3000 block of Betlou James Place and were planning to obtain search warrants, said Cpl. Jonathan Green.

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