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July 03, 2009

City woman gets year for assault on son's teacher

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge sentenced the mother of a city elementary school student this weeek to one year in prison for a November assault on her son's teacher, which was witnessed by a class of at least 20 students. Prosecutors said Lakia Farmer, 30, hit a Matthew A. Henson Elementary School teacher in the face with an unknown object - most likely a cell phone - about 8:30 a.m. at the school. Other teachers arrived in the classroom to find the victim pinned to the floor and Farmer pulling her hair. Farmer has completed an anger-management course and will complete another course while in prison, according to prosecutors. Judge Alfred Nance sentenced Farmer to three years' probation upon her release. She could face a total of three years in prison if she violates probation. Unrelated drug and gun charges are pending against Farmer.

- Melissa Harris

Man critical after shooting in Westport near parkway

A man was shot several times in the back late Thursday in the Westport neighborhood of Baltimore, a police spokesman said. The man was walking across the on-ramp to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway just after 10 p.m. when he was shot several times, said Agent Donny Moses. After the shooting, "he ran down to 295 where he thought he could get some help," Moses said. The man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was in critical condition, Moses said. Police knew of no motive or suspects last night.

- Liz F. Kay

Three in Middle River suffer carbon monoxide poisoning

Three Middle River residents were hospitalized Thursday afternoon with carbon monoxide poisoning, a Baltimore County fire official said. About 4 p.m., a carbon monoxide detector went off in a townhouse in the 800 block of Northrop Lane, said Battalion Chief James Devers. One adult from that home and one adult and one juvenile from an adjacent home were taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center for treatment, Devers said. Their injuries were not deemed life-threatening. Carbon monoxide levels in the neighboring home, which did not have a detector, were at 274 parts per million, Devers said. People can begin to feel ill at 35 ppm, the level that triggers CO alarms, he said. Devers warned that anyone with appliances that burn natural gas, fuel oil or wood should have a carbon monoxide detector.

- Liz F. Kay

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