Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

August 08, 2007

Police charge man in woman's fatal stabbing

A 49-year-old man has been charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend during a dispute in their Woodlawn apartment Monday night, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Bennie Fullard was being held on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Satya Duana Long, 39, police said. She was found dead with multiple stab wounds about 10:35 p.m. Monday in the couple's apartment in the first block of Cedar Heights Court.

Police said they received a call from Fullard's family saying he told his mother he had just killed his girlfriend.

Officers found Fullard Monday night near Park Heights and Belvedere avenues, police said.

Police said they believe the killing of Long was related to a domestic dispute.

A man with the same name and born in the same year as Fullard has at least three previous convictions, court records show.

In May 2006, he was convicted of second-degree assault and was sentenced to time served, records show.

In 1998, he was convicted of first-degree assault and sentenced to 12 years in jail, with four years suspended.

In 1990, he was convicted of battery and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to one year of jail time, but the sentence was suspended, records show.

He has also faced other charges that did not lead to convictions, and in 1996 was named in a domestic violence case, court records show.

Josh Mitchell

Parkville

Official opening set today for new precinct station

Although it has been in use for four months now, Parkville's new police precinct station is slated to have its official opening today.

Officers began using the new station, on Old Harford Road, in March, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman. Landscaping was completed more recently, he said.

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. and Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder will officially open the facility during a ceremony at 10 a.m..

The $4.9 million, 17,000-square-foot station includes fiber optics, upgraded computers and an electronic security system. It replaces a station built in 1954.

About 90 officers, including detectives and members of the precinct's special operations unit, are assigned to the station, Toohey said.

Once the new class of officers graduates from the police academy, eight more officers are to be assigned to the Parkville command, said Toohey. Six officers will be assigned to a community action team, which responds to specific crime problems, such as an increase in robberies, he said.

With the new officers -- expected by the end of the year -- police will be able to hold suspects awaiting transfer to the county detention center at the new precinct, Toohey said.

Currently, there are not enough officers to handle that function, he said.

Laura Barnhardt

Arbutus

Business group to meet

Steve Whisler, president of the Coalition for the Preservation of Southwest Baltimore County, will speak at the Arbutus Business and Professional Association's monthly meeting tomorrow.

Whisler will discuss the coalition's goals and the role of the business community at the 1 p.m. meeting, to be held at Leon's Triple L Restaurant, East Drive in Arbutus.

Information: 410-242-4642 or www.abpa.ws.

Schools

Volunteer class aides sought

Applications are being accepted for volunteers who would like to work in one of 103 elementary school classrooms in Baltimore County.

Responsibilities may include greeting students and assisting the teacher, working with small groups to reinforce skills, and listening and encouraging students as they practice reading, math and other skills.

Schedules will be coordinated at each school, but generally a commitment of between six and 15 hours a week is requested.

Orientation for the Kindergarten Classroom Volunteer Program begins Aug. 21. Interested volunteers 18 years and older can apply online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov and click on Volunteer Today.

Information: 410-887-2715, e-mail volunteers@baltimorecountymd.gov or pick up a brochure at any Baltimore County Senior Center or public library.

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