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Sandtown project receives grant

The Enterprise Foundation has received a $500,000 grant from the Fannie Mae Foundation for its "neighborhood transformation project" in West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester area.

The grant, largest single gift ever made by the Fannie Mae Foundation, will be used by the Enterprise Foundation and the city, in partnership with community leaders, to improve housing, schools and other services in Sandtown.

The gift comes as former President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were in Sandtown today to renovate vacant houses as part of a Habitat for Humanity International project.

Later today, Mr. Carter, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, Chairman James A. Johnson of Fannie Mae (the Federal National Mortgage Association) and Enterprise Foundation Vice Chairman F. Barton Harvey were to attend a ceremony marking the grant at the Wall of Pride, a mural at 1622 N. Carey St.

Fannie Mae, a government-sponsored, shareholder-owned corporation, is the nation's largest investor in home mortgages.

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Two boys, ages 11 and 9, have been charged with sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl at a weekend party at a Northeast Baltimore home, city police reported.

The victim told police she was visiting a home in the 2300 block of Odell Ave. between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday when she accompanied the two boys, both acquaintances, into a bedroom.

Police lodged juvenile charges of rape against the boys, who were released to their parents.

Chuck Jackson, a state police spokesman perhaps best known to the public through radio and television interviews, said yesterday he has been fired by the acting state police superintendent, Col. Larry Tolliver, who cited a failure to meet work expectations. Capt. Johnny Hughes, the head of the state police information office, said, "It's a personnel matter."

Anne Arundel County:

County police have tightened guidelines on car chases. "The bottom line is to safeguard the public and eliminate the possibility for anything tragic happening as a result of a high-speed pursuit," said Maj. A. Lee Apperson, head of a committee that drew up the policy.

The need for a stronger policy was reinforced by several highly publicized chases, including one in July 1991 in which officers on overpasses threw flares and fire extinguishers at a suspect's pickup truck. The ranking officer during the chase, a captain, was fined $1,000 for violating policy.

Under the revised policy, effective this month, an officer may start a chase if a suspect has committed a crime resulting in death or serious bodily harm; committed a violent crime involving a deadly weapon; been driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol; or fled from an accident with death or serious injury.

Baltimore County:

A long-standing dispute between Baltimore and Baltimore County over the county's water bill is moving to the Court of Special Appeals, the state's second-highest court.

"With more than $10 million at stake, we have an obligation to county residents . . . to pursue this matter and get a final opinion from the appellate court," said County Executive Roger B. Hayden.

In August, a three-member arbitration panel ruled the county had been under-paying for water from three city-owned reservoirs. The panel ordered the county to pay the city $10.2 million within 60 days or face 6 percent interest.

The county appealed the ruling to Circuit Court. In January, Judge John F. Fader II agreed with the arbitration panel, saying the county would have to pay the $10.2 million. The county appealed the judge's ruling yesterday.

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Despite some delays, asbestos removal and renovation at Milford Mill High School will be completed this summer, meaning students and staff who had been relocated will return to the Washington Avenue school in September, not in January as had been expected.

"The contractor confirmed it would be ready Aug. 15," Keith Kelley, associate superintendent for physical facilities, said yesterday.

For three years, 700 students and 60 teachers from Milford Mill have been in the old Sudbrook Middle School building on Bedford Road. Officials have said they aren't certain what will happen to Sudbrook, but expect it again to be used for some type of instruction.

Harford County:

A preliminary Army study is looking at ways to realign or combine ordnance schools at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., a decision that could affect 1,000 or more jobs.

The Ordnance Center and School at Aberdeen and the Ordnance Missile and Munition Center at Redstone are the ordnance corps' two main schools. Thousands of student slots also would be at stake in any consolidation.

Moving the Alabama operation to Maryland, or vice versa, are possible options being analyzed.

The ordnance school in Maryland has more than 1,000 faculty and staff and trains 2,000 to 2,500 students annually.

Redstone has 1,580 faculty and staff. It has averaged 5,000 students annually from all branches of the U.S. military and a sizable number of foreign nations.

Howard/Carroll Counties:

A state trooper was in stable condition today, recovering from neck and back injuries received in a high-speed chase of a suspect yesterday in Howard and Carroll counties. The suspect also was injured.

Cpl. Boyd Trantham, assigned to the West Friendship weigh station on Interstate 70 in Howard County, was injured when the suspect rammed the rear of his cruiser, police said.

Corporal Trantham was in stable and satisfactory condition today at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center.

The suspect, Steven D. Sonn, 29, of the 400 block of Taney Drive in Taneytown, was apprehended in a field off Hoods Mill Road in Woodbine after his Honda Civic hit a tree and went into a stream. Mr. Sonn was released from Shock-Trauma today into police custody. He was charged with assault with intent to murder, two counts of destruction of property, driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and other traffic offenses.

The chase, which involved several other troopers, began shortly TTC after 5 p.m. about 1 1/2 miles east of Md. 94 on I-70 when the driver of a speeding westbound car refused to stop when troopers attempted to pull him over, said Cpl. Bill Brooks of the Waterloo barracks.

The chase covered more than 10 miles at speeds exceeding 85 mph, Corporal Brooks said.

Baltiomre City:

Two boys, ages 11 and 9, have been charged with sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl at a weekend party at a Northeast Baltimore home, city police reported.

The victim told police she was visiting a home in the 2300 block of Odell Ave. between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday when she accompanied the two boys, both acquaintances, into a bedroom.

One boy stood at the bedroom door to prevent anyone from entering, she said, while the other told her to disrobe. The victim told police she refused, but one of the boys forced her to disrobe and both had sex with her.

The girl told her parents about the incident and they called police. The victim was examined at Francis Scott Key Medical Center, authorities said.

Juvenile charges of rape were lodged against the boys, who were released to the custody of their parents, police said.

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