Region Briefs


December 16, 2009

Six Maryland schools receive Blue Ribbon designation

Six schools were named Maryland Blue Ribbon schools Tuesday, including Eastern Technology High in Baltimore County and Ellicott Mills Middle in Howard County. Each of the schools will be nominated to become national Blue Ribbon schools. In the past, most schools that have earned the state designation also have received the federal honor. The other four schools receiving the designation are New Market Elementary in Frederick County, Northern Middle School in Calvert County, Northwestern Elementary in Wicomico County and Snow Hill Middle School in Worcester County.

- Liz Bowie and Arin Gencer

Rosedale motel fire victim dies later at burn center

A man found in cardiac arrest inside a burning motel room early Tuesday in Rosedale died at a hospital, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman said. Firefighters were called about 3 a.m. to Duke's Motel in the 7900 block of Pulaski Highway, where they found smoke and fire in a room with a man inside. Emergency crews revived the man and took him to the burn center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he died, said Elise Armacost, the Fire Department spokeswoman. Police did not release the man's name, pending notification of his family.

- Liz F. Kay

MTA worker pleads guilty to stealing $400,000 in fares

A 36-year-old Maryland Transit Administration employee pleaded guilty in Baltimore federal court to stealing $400,000 in bus fare. According to his plea agreement, David Mark Pattawi, who earned $60,174 a year working as a night repairman, used an electronic key to open fare boxes that hadn't been emptied during the day from January 2007 through March 2008. He will be sentenced Feb. 22.

- Tricia Bishop

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