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April 26, 2009

Baltimore police officer charged

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A city police officer was charged with disturbing the public peace Friday night, after an incident in which he refused to cooperate with detectives who questioned why his car was parked in a permit-parking-only police parking lot.

Officer Everett Milton Walker, 28, and another man were approached by two detectives about 2 a.m. at the entrance of the Baltimore police lot in the first block of S. Frederick St., according to charging documents. The detectives asked the men why they were parked in the lot.

After one of the detectives told Walker he would write him a ticket, Walker went into a silver Chevrolet Impala and began to pull out of the parking spot, police said. One of the detectives then used a police car to block Walker from leaving the lot. Walker got out of his car, acting in a "disorderly manner," according to the documents. Walker had a "strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath" and his speech was slurred, one of the detectives wrote in the charging documents.

Tyeesha Dixon

Five elected to board of Columbia Association

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Philip W. Kirsch won a fourth one-year term on the Columbia Association board of directors Saturday in the closest race of the five contested board elections among Columbia's 10 villages. The hard-fought rematch with Linda Odum left the two just 10 votes apart, closer than last year's 35-vote margin for Kirsch. In the other four villages with contested elections, Sari Zaret won in King's Contrivance after her opponent withdrew; Greg Schwind beat Sharlene Ferguson, 135-115, in Hickory Ridge; in Dorsey Search, Kathleen Dragovich beat Dan Woodruff, 101-78; and Russell Swatek easily won Long Reach's seat, 301-164, against James Howard. The new board members start May 1, the day Philip Nelson, 59, begins his two-year stint as president and chief executive officer of the Columbia Association.

Larry Carson

Teens with air guns arrested at mall

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Anne Arundel County police arrested several teenagers Friday who were spotted at Westfield Annapolis Mall with firearms that turned out to be air guns, according to a news release. Police got a report at 5:30 p.m. of several people with firearms in a parking garage. Police said the weapons were air guns that fired plastic pellets. Eight juveniles were arrested and face charges including disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment. Shawn Michael Hagerty, 18, of the 1400 block of Pennington Lane South in Annapolis and Lena Marie Sutch, 18, of the 500 block of 2nd Street in Annapolis were also arrested. Both were charged with disorderly conduct.

Andrea K. Walker

Balto. County to hold teacher job fair Thurs.

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The Baltimore County school system will hold its annual recruiting Teacher Expo and Job Fair from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Administrators and faculty from schools, centers and programs will answer questions and hold interviews. Teachers should bring copies of their resume. Information: 800-832-2422.

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