Baltimore County Digest

April 30, 2008

Lawyers drop request to be with Browning

Attorneys for the Cockeysville teenager accused of killing his parents and younger brothers in February have withdrawn requests that they be allowed to accompany him during court-ordered psychiatric evaluations.

The judge handling the first-degree murder case of Nicholas W. Browning agreed yesterday during a brief court hearing that nothing the 16-year-old says during the evaluations will be used against him in his criminal court proceedings. Rather, the doctors' reports will be used only for a hearing in June at which lawyers in the case are scheduled to litigate the issue of whether Browning will be tried in adult court or be transferred to the juvenile system.

In ordering a psychiatric evaluation last month, Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr. said he would use the assessment "for the purpose of advising the court ... on the mental state of the defendant," which is one element he must consider in deciding where Browning should be tried.

A Dulaney High School sophomore, Browning is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and handgun offenses in the Feb. 2 deaths of his parents, John W. Browning and Tamara Browning, and his younger brothers, 14-year-old Gregory and 11-year-old Benjamin. All four were sleeping in their Cockeysville home when they were fatally shot.

The shootings occurred a week before Nicholas Browning's 16th birthday. Had he been 16 at the time of the killings, he would not be eligible for a transfer to juvenile court.

Jennifer McMenamin

Rodgers Forge

3 schools alerted in barricade case

Three schools in Rodgers Forge were placed on alert for several hours yesterday after a man barricaded himself in a house on Overbrook Road, Baltimore County police said.

The man surrendered at 3:30 p.m. without incident, and the alert was lifted, police said.

County school officials said students at Dumbarton Middle School and Rodgers Forge Elementary School were allowed to leave with parents and on buses at normal dismissal times, but students who walk home were kept in school as a precaution until the alert ended.

Dismissal of classes at St. Pius X School was delayed because of the nearby police activity, said Theresa Smith, the school's finance manager. She said the school began allowing students to leave after police notified officials at 3:57 p.m. that the incident was over.

Authorities were called to the 400 block of Overbrook Road by a co-worker who went to the house about 11:30 a.m. to check on the man, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman.

The co-worker said the man was not wearing clothes when he answered the door, and had what appeared to be dried blood on his face, Toohey said. The co-worker called 911, but the man would not allow emergency personnel or police to enter the house, he said.

The man, whom police did not identify, was taken to a hospital for an emergency evaluation, he said.

White Marsh

Remains identified as missing man's

A man whose remains were found Monday in the back seat of a car at a White Marsh apartment complex has been identified as a 47-year-old Baltimore man reported missing in February, Baltimore County police said yesterday .

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death of Jay Royden Alban of the 3700 block of Glenmore Ave., police spokesman Bill Toohey said. There was no immediate indication of foul play, he said.

The body was found in an advanced state of decomposition in a car in the 4300 block of Bedrock Circle, he said. A sister reported to police Feb. 12 that Alban was missing, he said.

Public schools

Last day of classes set for June 11

The last day of classes for county public schools will be June 11 - three class days earlier than scheduled - because not all emergency closing days were used this school year, officials said.

The revised schedule for the final days of school will be:

Monday, June 9: All schools will remain on a regular schedule.

Tuesday, June 10: Assessment Day. All schools will close three hours early for students.

Wednesday, June 11: Final day of classes for students and teachers. All schools will close three hours early.

System to hold job fair, interviews

The county public school system will hold a Job Fair and Teacher Expo from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the Timonium Fairgrounds on York Road.

Those interested in pursuing a career with the county's public schools should take a resume and be prepared for screening interviews.

Information: 800-Teach-BC or 410-887-4191.

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