Restraining order denied against ex-PTA president

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

January 27, 2007

A District Court judge denied a request yesterday from a former member of the PTA Council of Baltimore County to extend a temporary restraining order against the former president of the organization.

Judge Alexandra N. Williams denied the petition after Roxanne Umphery-Lucas did not appear for the hearing in Towson.

In her request for the temporary restraining order that was granted Jan. 19, Umphery-Lucas, 43, of Owings Mills accused former PTA Council President Michael C. Franklin of stalking and threatening her. She alleged that he slashed her car tires in May, threatened to burn down her house and committed "mail theft," court and police records show.

Franklin, 47, of Randallstown, was temporarily barred from having contact with Umphery-Lucas. Still pending is a criminal case in which Franklin is accused of arson and malicious destruction of property. That case is scheduled for trial March 1 in Baltimore County District Court.

Franklin, his wife and his lawyer, Marc S. Dorman, attended the brief hearing.

"Mr. Franklin is going to be proven not guilty of all charges," Dorman said afterward.

He said the accusations stem from "personal issues going on" between Franklin and Umphery-Lucas related to the PTA council. That group provides training and support for parent groups at most county schools.

Umphery-Lucas was the county PTA council's legislative chairwoman for about a year and served as a delegate to the state PTA during Franklin's tenure as president.

Franklin became president-elect of the Maryland PTA in November 2005 but resigned the position in March. His term as president of the county organization ended last summer.

Jennifer McMenamin

Fire marshal

Training offered on crowd escapes

Baltimore County's Office of the Fire Marshal will begin training employees of nightclubs and other indoor establishments to help crowds safely escape in case of fire.

The Baltimore County Fire Prevention Code requires the fire marshal's office to provide crowd manager training to establishments that handle 250 or more occupants at a time. The code requires that businesses delegate one trained crowd manager for every 250 occupants.

The crowd manager classes will be held: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; March 15, 1 to 3 p.m.; April 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; May 17, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and June 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All classes will be in the third floor of the Public Safety Building, 700 E. Joppa Road, Towson. Classes will be limited to 25 people.

Information: 410-887-4880.

Dundalk

O'Malley to survey school needs

Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to visit the General John Stricker Middle School in Dundalk with Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. and other officials to see firsthand the need for state funding to update and renovate school buildings around the state.

The visit is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday at the school, 7855 Trappe Road.

School budget

Board to hold work session

The Baltimore County Board of Education will conduct a work session on the proposed operating budget for the 2008 fiscal year at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The board is expected to approve the $1.6 billion budget at its Feb. 13 meeting.

The work session will be held in the ESS Building, Room 114, on the Greenwood campua, 6901 N. Charles St., Towson.

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