Extra security assigned after attack on city rec-league ref


October 06, 2007

City officials have assigned police officers to work security at recreational youth football games after an assault of a referee after a game last Saturday in South Baltimore.

The referee was walking to his car after working a morning game at Southside Academy when several men attacked him, said Kia McLeod, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Recreation and Parks.

The referee, who was not seriously injured, was unable to identify the assailants, and no charges have been filed, McLeod said. She added that police were investigating the incident and that robbery does not appear to be a motive.

"There's no way for us to know whether or not it was a random attack or whether or not it had something to do with the game," McLeod said.

The game was between the Westport and Mount Royal teams in the 9-to-11 age group, McLeod said.

In response, officers from the city police and the city schools police will monitor games at the four primary sites used by the city youth football league: Druid Hill, Cherry Hill, Forest Park and Patterson Park.

Two officers will be assigned to each game, McLeod said.

McLeod said recreation and parks officials had been considering hiring security officers for games in response to incidents elsewhere in the country involving parents at youth sports events.

Josh Mitchell


: Schools

Students to get free dental care

Baltimore school officials have reached an agreement with a dental provider to give what could be thousands of city students free teeth cleanings and examinations beginning next month.

Michigan-based Mobile Dentists will visit about 130 city middle and elementary schools beginning Nov. 1 with workers including a dentist, a registered dental hygienist and a dental assistant, company officials said.

Warren Harrison, chief operating officer at Mobile Dentists, said students, with permission from parents or legal guardians, will receive cleanings, fluoride treatments, examinations and sealants to help prevent tooth decay.

City schools spokeswoman Vanessa Pyatt said the company approached the school system.

The cost of treating the students will be covered through Medicaid and grants. Students with private dental insurance coverage are also eligible.

Officials at Mobile Dentists said their team can see as many as 35 students a day for visits averaging about 30 minutes. Company officials say 80 percent of low-income children do not visit a dentist in a given year.

Booker T. Washington Middle is scheduled to be the first school visited in Baltimore.

Brent Jones

Leakin Park

Festival celebrates Crimea Estate

A festival celebrating the history of the Crimea Estate in Baltimore's Leakin Park will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow.

The event will include lectures on the history of the estate, which was built nearly 150 years ago by industrialist Thomas Winans and purchased by the city in the 1940s. Environmental talks, food, entertainment and miniature steam train rides are planned.

The celebration is co-sponsored by Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, Friends of Orianda House, Chesapeake Outward Bound and the city Department of Recreation and Parks.

Howard County

: Columbia

Motorcyclist killed in U.S. 29 accident

A Columbia man was killed yesterday morning after his 2003 Yamaha R6 motorcycle hit a guardrail as he exited northbound U.S. 29 at Broken Land Parkway, police said.

Police said they believe that Michael Shinn, 24, was traveling at a high rate of speed on the exit ramp when the accident occurred about 8:45 a.m. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m., police said.

Teen sought in pellet gun shootings

Howard County police are searching for a teenager who they said shot two 11-year-old boys with a pellet gun at a school bus stop on separate days this week.

The shootings took place about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday near Joetta Drive and Deep Run Parkway, said Cpl. Jennifer Reidy-Hall, a police spokeswoman. Each victim was treated for minor injuries.

Witnesses reported that the shooter was a tall, skinny teenage male wearing camouflage, Reidy said.

Anyone with information is urged to call 410-313-3200.

Josh Mitchell

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