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April 23, 2009

Officer faces sex assault charges

A Baltimore City schools police officer was arrested Wednesday after a grand jury indicted him in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old student. Reginald Watson, 35, of the 2200 block of Fleetwood Ave., is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sex assault and second-degree assault in the alleged incident on Feb. 19 at Masonville Cove Community Academy, in the 1200 block of Cambria St. in Brooklyn. According to police, the student was walking in the hallways when Watson bought her snacks and took her into an office, where he allegedly made sexually explicit remarks to her and placed his hands on her hips and buttocks. Police learned of the allegation after the girl spoke with a parent volunteer. Watson was being held on $50,000 bond. A bail review hearing is scheduled Thursday morning in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Justin Fenton

Police investigating two homicides

City homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of two people in separate incidents Tuesday. The body of a 54-year-old woman was found in her Yale Heights home in the 700 block of Yale Ave. about 1:30 p.m. after a friend went to check on her. The woman, who had not been seen since Friday, had a laceration on her head but no other visible injuries, said Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. In the second incident, officers were called about 8:15 p.m. to the 5100 block of Hillburn Ave. in the Waltherson area, where Kenneth Johnson, 23, had been fatally shot in the chest in what police say was a robbery. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Justin Fenton

Disease samples likely destroyed, Army says

Army officials say an investigation of three disease samples discovered missing from a Fort Detrick lab last year found no evidence of criminality and the samples probably were destroyed. U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick spokeswoman Caree Vander Linden said Wednesday that the samples of Venezuelan equine encephalitis were discovered missing last year in an inventory of a group of samples left by a departing researcher. Vander Linden said the report that the vials were missing triggered the investigation, which found that the samples were likely among those destroyed when a freezer malfunctioned.

Associated Press

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