Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

April 26, 2007

Md. victim at Va. Tech released from hospital

Justin Klein, the Catonsville High School graduate and Virginia Tech junior shot three times during last week's rampage on the college campus, has been released from the hospital and plans to stay at school as he continues his recovery, his family said in a statement.

"My place is here, with my friends," Klein is quoted as saying in the statement. "The Hokie community is strong and resilient, we will persevere, we will go on and we will heal."

Klein, who was shot twice in his right leg and once in his elbow, is making progress medically, according to the statement, which added that he is benefiting from counseling. The college student returned to the campus Monday, spending time at the many memorials erected on campus in memory of the students killed.

"Although concerned about the media blitz on campus, Justin's buddies circled around his wheelchair acting as a buffer," the statement said.

Laura Barnhardt

Milford Mill

Truant teen arrested with handgun

An armed 14-year-old boy who was skipping class was arrested while trespassing at an apartment complex near his Baltimore County high school, police said yesterday.

County police found the Milford Mill Academy student with a 9 mm handgun about 9:30 a.m. inside the laundry room of an apartment complex near the school, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

After talking with the teen, police discovered that he had ammunition in his pocket, in addition to the gun, Toohey said.

The teenager was charged as a juvenile with a handgun violation, Toohey said. The boy's father was issued a criminal summons for allowing a child to have access to a firearm, the spokesman said.

Nick Shields

Woodlawn

5 hurt when police car hits SUV

A Baltimore County police cruiser slammed into the back of a sport utility vehicle, sending five people to hospitals, authorities said yesterday.

About 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, a county police officer was responding to an emergency call when a crest in a hill obstructed his view near Windsor Mill Road and West Park Drive, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman. The car driven by the officer, identified as Kenneth Shields, assigned to the Woodlawn precinct, struck a 1995 Land Rover driven by Vontina Montez Hall of the 2600 block of Poplar Drive, Toohey said.

Hall and three children who were passengers in the vehicle were taken to Northwest Hospital Center, where they were treated and released, Toohey said.

Shields, a seven-year veteran of the department, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released several hours later, Hall said. The crash was under review, Toohey said.

Nick Shields

Timonium

Dulaney students win bet

Dulaney High School staff members and the president of the school's student government group made good yesterday on a promise to shave their heads after students raised $5,000 for the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Peter Bacon, president of the Student Government Organization, said he joined math teacher Doug Nelson and guidance counselor Alastair Palmer in having his head shaved at a local barbershop to satisfy their end of the bargain. A third staff member, physics teacher Ed Langrall, dyed his hair red and black -- the school's colors -- as part of the same deal, Bacon said.

Students raised the money from March 5 to April 5, Bacon said.

He said students chose the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a cause because the Baltimore County Student Council also was raising funds for the group and because a teacher at the school has a friend with leukemia.

Gina Davis

Countywide

29 recruits finish fire-rescue course

Five women and 22 men make up the 91st recruiting class of the Baltimore County Fire-Rescue Academy, the Fire Department said.

The recruits, chosen from 578 applicants, received emergency medical technician training and will be assigned to the county's 29 advanced life-support medic units, officials said. They will serve as probationary emergency medical technicians for two years, officials said.

Instruction during the 16-week course included emergency vehicle operation, hazardous materials, terrorism response and firefighting skills. A graduation ceremony was scheduled for last night.

Steeplechase

Roads to close for Hunt Cup

Several roads in the Worthington Valley area will close temporarily Saturday for the Maryland Hunt Cup steeplechase race, officials said.

Beginning at 2 p.m., traffic heading east from Worthington Avenue on Tufton Avenue will be detoured onto Dover Road. Traffic officers and/or signs will be posted at intersections to direct drivers back to their intended routes.

Traffic heading west on Tufton Avenue from Falls Road will be stopped frequently to allow race-goers to cross the road on foot.

These roads will be closed from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the race and until most of the crowd leaves the temporary parking areas: Worthington Avenue and Tufton Avenue; Belmont Avenue and Butler Road; Mantua Mill Road and Geist Road; Tufton Road and Falls Road; and Dover Road and Tufton Ridge Road.

Perry Hall

Park dedication is Saturday

A dedication of the Perry Hall Park on Honeygo Boulevard will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The park, which features four athletic fields, a playground, tennis court, restrooms and walking paths, opened for use earlier this month.

It is located east of Belair Road and west of Cross Road.

Laura Barnhardt

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