City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

December 31, 2007

Baltimore County : Towson

Apparent suicide by inmate investigated

Baltimore County police and corrections officials are investigating the apparent suicide yesterday of a 45-year-old male inmate at the county Detention Center in Towson.

The inmate's name was withheld pending notification of family members, police said. The reason for his arrest and how long he had been in custody were not released.

Shortly before 5 p.m., security officers notified medical staff after finding the inmate unconscious in a pool of blood on the floor of his cell in the isolation section of the center in the 700 block of Bosley Ave., police said.

Police said the man's injuries appeared to have been self-inflicted but would not elaborate. He had not been in the proximity of other inmates, they said.

The inmate was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Richard Irwin

UMBC

Chess team heads to the `Final Four'

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County chess team placed second at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship this weekend, earning a seat at a top U.S. tournament in April.

The University of Texas at Dallas beat the Maryland team in the fifth of six rounds at the event, held at Miami Dade College, said Alan T. Sherman, director of UMBC's chess team.

But UMBC still will send a team to the President's Cup, known as the "Final Four" of college chess, he said.

"It will be a slightly stronger version of the team we sent to Pan-Am, because of a new recruit," Sherman said.

According to Sherman, the college, which offers chess scholarships, has won the tournament seven times since 1996.

Baltimore

: New Year's Eve

St. Ignatius to host interfaith service

St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore will host the 15th annual New Year's Eve Interfaith Service at 8 p.m. today.

The service will be attended by Mayor Sheila Dixon and other members of her administration, as well as representatives from various faiths and professional fields. Admission to the event is free, but a ticket is required. To reserve a ticket, call 410-727-3848 or e-mail parish@st-ignatius.net.

Courts

Beating victim accused of assault

The attorney for one of nine Baltimore middle school students charged with beating a woman on a city bus says the student has accused the woman of assaulting her.

Nakita McDaniels' attorney, Kimberly Thomas, says the teen's complaints that Sarah Kreager assaulted her were not investigated by police or the state's attorney's office. Thomas says McDaniels filed charges Friday and trial is set for Jan. 31, the trial date for the teens charged in the assault on Kreager.

The nine children face assault charges in the Dec. 4 beating of Kreager.

Associated Press

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