Girl slashed by schoolmate on busA 17-year-old...


Girl slashed by schoolmate on bus

A 17-year-old girl was cut on the face yesterday during an argument with another girl aboard a Mass Transit Administration bus in West Baltimore, police said.

The victim was released after treatment at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center.

Police charged a 14-year-old girl with delinquency in the assault. She was being held at the Waxter Children's Center in Laurel.

Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman, said the argument aboard the bus was a continuation of a dispute that had begun earlier in the day at Southwestern High School.

As the bus neared the 1000 block of W. Baltimore St. about 12:45 p.m., the argument escalated and the victim was cut on the left side of her face with a box cutter, Mr. Ringgold said.

He said police did not know what sparked the argument.

An employee of the Food King supermarket in the Reisterstown Road Plaza was hospitalized briefly last night after inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning the floor of a store restroom, city police said.

Police said a few patrons in the mall and a handful of employees and customers in the store were asked to leave the immediate area. No other injuries were reported.

The employee, Jason Foster, 27, of the first block of Stonemark Court in the Sandalwood Apartments in Owings Mills, was washing the men's room floor at the store around 10:30 p.m. with a combination of household bleach and muratic acid (a brick-cleaning solution) when he inhaled fumes and experienced chest pains and difficulty in breathing.

Police said a second employee called the Fire Department, which dispatched several units, including a hazardous materials crew.

Mr. Foster was treated at Sinai Hospital and released.

E9 Firefighters neutralized the solution and removed it.


South Baltimore's Hanover Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 7 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Monday for repair work.

Northbound and southbound detours will be in effect.

Marine traffic that requires the raising of the drawbridge also will be blocked.


Baltimore police have identified a man who was fatally shot yesterday in a house in the 1200 block of Aisquith St. during an argument over drugs as Joseph Tucker of the 2500 block of Sycamore Ave. in Edgemere.

Maryland State

The death of a 26-year-old inmate found slumped in a chair at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup has been ruled a homicide.

A spokesman for the state prison system, Leonard A. Sipes Jr., said yesterday an assistant state medical examiner performing an autopsy on the body of Freddie Fotina Herbert Jr. found a puncture wound under the left armpit. The wound caused internal bleeding, Mr. Sipes said.

Other inmates found Herbert slumped in a chair about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was taken to the Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital and was pronounced dead about an hour later, Mr. Sipes said.

Mr. Sipes said the investigation is continuing.

Herbert, imprisoned May 21, 1989, was serving a 30-year sentence for assault with intent to disable and with using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

Baltimore County

The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital has been rated the fifth-best psychiatric hospital in the nation by doctors responding to a survey published this week in U.S. News and World Report. Last year, the private, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital in Towson was ranked seventh.

In the listing of the top 10 psychiatric hospitals, Sheppard Pratt ranked behind McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.; Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kan.; UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles; and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Ranking just behind Sheppard Pratt were the Institute for Living, Hartford, Conn.; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York; New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York; and Yale-New Haven Conn.) Hospital.


Terry L. Short today begins the 45-minute daily commute from Montgomery County to his job as Manchester's first city manager.

Mr. Short, 46, says accepting the position in Manchester ended "an altogether too long job search." He will be paid $30,000 a year. He was formerly assistant administrator for Greene County, an underdeveloped, rural area outside Charlottesville, Va.

Although Mr. Short says he left the position last May because of a difference in philosophy with the elected Board of Supervisors, the parting was amicable. Many of his employers and employees spoke highly of him, crediting him with landing more than $940,000 in federal grants for Greene County.

A single father, Mr. Short lives in Damascus with his 14-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter.


After years of trying to stage a wine festival in the county, organizers have finally succeeded. Harford County's first wine festival kicks off tomorrow and will anchor an event-filled weekend.

The First Annual Susquehanna Wine Festival, scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, will be held at Tydings Park in Havre de Grace. There will be wine tasting, local food, continuous entertainment and craft booths. Tickets are $10. Children are admitted free if accompanied by an adult.

Other activities on tap:

* The Second Annual Bay-City-Bike-A-Thon for the American Cancer Society tomorrow at Tydings Park. Cyclists have a choice of a 24-mile scenic route or a 50-mile challenge route -- both leading through Harford's farm land, Susquehanna State Park and historic Havre de Grace. A picnic lunch will be provided at the finish line. For further information, call 931-6850 or (800) ACS-2345.

* The annual Bel Air Flag Day Ceremony at 8 a.m. tomorrow at the Town Hall, 39 Hickory Ave. The event includes music by the Bel Air High School Band and the Bel Air High School Counterpoints.

* The Harford Choral Society's garden party and auction from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Lapidum Hill Farm in Havre de Grace. Vocal and musical entertainment will be provided by Harford's young musicians. The cost is $12.50 a person. For reservations call, 893-1512.

* The Dunloggin Pipes and Drums concert at Ladew TopiarGardens at 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children. Ladew Gardens is at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. For information, call


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