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Woman raped, throat slashed

A 32-year-old woman was raped and her throat slashed twice yesterday evening after a man followed her into her north Baltimore apartment building, police said.

The woman was listed in fair condition today at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police said the rapist followed the victim home from a liquor store in the 5600 block of The Alameda and forced his way into her East Belvedere Avenue apartment about 7:15 p.m.

He raped her and cut her throat twice with a pocketknife. Police said the woman crawled into the hallway, where another resident found her and called the 911 emergency number.

The assailant, police said, had a dark complexion, was about 30 and was wearing a black T-shirt and green sweat pants.

The Maryland Penitentiary's warden was bitten on the chest Tuesday by an inmate complaining about his prison pay, a prison spokesman said yesterday.

Sewall B. Smith, 46, warden since last July, received a tetanus shot at a state employees' medical center and returned to work that day, said spokesman Leonard A. Sipes Jr.

The assault occurred in the prison's dining area about 12:30 p.m. as the warden was on an inspection tour, Mr. Sipes said.

The inmate, Daniel Turner, 34, began serving a double life sentence for murder, kidnapping, theft and carrying a deadly weapon in March 1990. He got up from a table and confronted the warden about his pay, claiming he was owed more money. Mr. Sipes said he did not know where Turner worked.

As Turner reached for Mr. Smith, the warden grabbed his arm, Mr. Sipes said, and Turner bit the warden. Nine correctional officers went to the warden's assistance. Mr. Sipes said 150 inmates were in the dining area.

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A 27-year-old Patuxent Institution inmate has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of another inmate at the Jessup facility.

Leonard A. Sipes Jr., Division of Correction spokesman, said said Eugene James Taylor stabbed Freddie Fotina Herbert Jr., 26, during an altercation last Wednesday.

Herbert was serving a 30-year sentence for assault with intent to disable and the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony. Taylor is serving 10 years for robbery with a deadly weapon.

Anne Arundel County:

The county has won a $1 million state grant for health programs -- much of it to be spent in the Brooklyn Park neighborhoods that County Executive Robert R. Neall was visiting today.

Mr. Neall was touring the north county community as part of a pre-arranged program, similar to other day-long personal tours through neighborhoods that he has conducted with his staff. The visits allow the executive and his staff to see a community's problems firsthand and discuss them with community leaders.

County officials were meeting today with representatives of five Brooklyn Park community associations; touring an industrial plant, two elementary schools and a library; discussing recreation needs with one group; and having lunch with business and community leaders.

Mr. Neall was to announce the grant, the county's share of $14 million distributed by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, during a visit to the Brooklyn Park Health Center.

The facility provides public health services in a community that a consultant recently found has critical needs for infant mortality, cancer screenings and access to health care.

Carroll County:

Tfc. Steve Burdelski, a criminal investigator for five years at the Westminster barracks, has become an instructor at the Maryland State Police Academy.

The trooper said he applied for the transfer because he wanted to teach and advance his career.

"There was a certain camaraderie here that I hope to find at my new assignment," said Trooper Burdelski, 30, of Hampstead.

Until the police academy in Pikesville has another class, Trooper Burdelski will conduct seminars for veteran police officers and for officers involved with the home detention program of the state Division of Correction.

Harford County:

A fire early yesterday destroyed a Forest Hill barn and its contents, the State Fire Marshal's Office reported.

The loss of the two-story barn and its contents, about 125 bales of hay, was estimated at $50,000.

No livestock was lost and no one was injured.

Forty firefighters from the Bel Air and Darlington volunteer fire stations brought the one-alarm fire under control in two hours.

The fire marshal's office said spontaneous combustion caused the fire. The barn, at 1417 Deer Creek Church Road, was owned by Smith Walter of Forest Hill and leased by Nash Farms of Street.

Howard County:

Every afternoon for the past five years, Paul Bush stood near a chain-link fence near Elkridge Elementary School sidewalk and waved goodbye to the yellow school buses that rolled by.

It was no different for the 58-year-old assistant principal yesterday when the excited children boarded their buses. The same smiling faces he saw every day walked up to him and shook his hand or hugged him goodbye.

Except that it was the last day of school, and as the last bus rolled out of sight, it marked Mr. Bush's retirement after 33 years as a Howard County educator and the end of the building where he first taught, which is being replaced.

"This was the school I started at and this is where I'll end it, so that's really special to me," said Mr. Bush, who is retiring.

"This is a special, wonderful place with great people like Paul Bush," said Mary Jane Mitchell, Elkridge principal. "He's devoted his whole life to education."

Born and reared in Elkridge, Mr. Bush thought he was destined for the priesthood after Loyola College. But a phone call from then-principal John Soles asking him to teach sixth-graders at Elkridge Elementary changed those plans.

He continued to teach when he became assistant principal about 20 years ago at Guilford Elementary and later at Clarksville Elementary. He stopped teaching on his return to Elkridge five years ago.

"I don't really see this as an end," Mr. Bush said yesterday. "I wanted to go out when I felt great about everything, and I just want people to remember I was a teacher that tried to do the best that he could."

Baltimore City:

Police today were continuing their search for two men who attacked a city firefighter when he attempted to turn off a fire hydrant at the corner of Druid Hill and Wilson avenues.

Police said the hydrant was turned on Tuesday afternoon by residents of the area to cool themselves.

Joseph Buster, 43, a firefighter assigned to Engine Co. 13 in the 400 block of McMechen St., was dispatched to the open hydrant around 3:30 p.m. and was turning it off when he was attacked by two men, one armed with a baseball bat and the other a tire iron.

Police said the men struck Mr. Buster several times in the head and on the back and shoulders. The assailants escaped before police arrived.

Mr. Buster was treated for an eye injury and bruises at the University of Maryland Medical Center and released early yesterday. It is not known when he will return to duty.

Police said anyone with information about the attack should call the Central District at 396-2411 or the fire department at 396-5689.

Howard County:

A neighbor who police said was upset over a $50 cocaine debt has been charged in the shooting death of the 21-year-old Columbia man who owed him the money.

Dwayne Romaine Briggs, 32, of the 7200 block of Edenbrook Drive, is being held without bond at the County Detention Center.

He was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of Lawrence Rico Evans III, who was shot once in the chest as he left his girlfriend's house on June 9.

Mr. Evans lived in the 7200 block of Edenbrook, as does his girlfriend.

Mr. Briggs bought $100 worth of cocaine and split it with Mr. Evans, who agreed to pay half the cost, according to charging documents.

Mr. Briggs also was charged with using a handgun in commission of a felony and battery.

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