Convicted sex offender arrested by police


May 05, 2007

A convicted sex offender was arrested yesterday after he was spotted watching children at a snowball stand, officials said.

Kenneth Earl Barnes Jr., 45, of the 7500 block of Park Heights Ave., was arrested on charges of allegedly conducting himself in a lewd and licentious manner, said Elizabeth Bartholomew, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Parole and Probation.

According to Bartholomew and police, Barnes, who is also known as "Julius," was seen on May 1 watching children near a snowball stand on Falls Road near Lake Avenue.

A woman, who believed her child might be in danger, contacted police, who started an investigation, Bartholomew said.

She said schools and residents in the area also posted signs notifying the community about Barnes.

"After doing this investigation, the [parole] agent and police decided that his behavior was a danger to others and essentially himself," she said. "His behavior was really egregious."

About 11:30 a.m. yesterday, an agent with parole and probation and Baltimore County police arrested Barnes without incident at his home, Bartholomew said.

Barnes, who was being supervised for failure to register as a sex offender, is being held at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center.

Nick Shields


Union workers ratify pact

Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees voted to ratify a new labor agreement, despite discontent with a change in the retirement age of government workers, union and county officials said yesterday.

Members of the union, which include correctional officers, crime scene technicians and 911 operators, accepted the one-year contract Thursday by a vote of 152 to 146, according to a statement from the labor group.

The 1,700 employees represented by the union are to receive a 3 percent cost of living increase, in addition to salary scale adjustments, under the terms of the deal. But the new contract requires employees to have 30 years of service or be 65 years old, instead of 60, before they can retire with full pension benefits -- a change that has upset some of the union members.

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, including court clerks, school custodians and office workers, are scheduled to vote on a proposed contract Monday. They are the last of the six labor groups that represent county employees to ratify a contract, though they had reached a tentative deal with the county last month.

Laura Barnhardt

Teacher of the Year to be named

Baltimore County public schools will announce the Teacher of the Year for 2007-2008 during a ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The six finalists include: Robin August of Deep Creek Middle School; Jason Bowman of Hereford High School; Phil Bressler of Eastern Technical High School; Amy Huggins of Pine Grove Elementary School; Kara Minoglio of Halstead Academy; and Kim Worth of Milford Mill Academy.

Schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston, members of the Board of Education, past honorees, and state and county officials are expected to join in the celebration at the Board of Education meeting room 114, ESS Building, Greenwood campus, 6901 N. Charles St., Towson.

The winner will receive the use of a new Toyota for one year from the Baltimore Area Toyota Dealers' and $1,000 from Comcast.

The county winner will move on to state competition. Maryland's Teacher of the Year will be announced in October.

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