Randallstown teacher reported missing
RANDALLSTOWN -- County police were searching yesterday for a Randallstown High School teacher who disappeared after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after leaving for work from her home in the 9600 block of Axehead Court.
Gwendolyn Marie Whiten, 57, was reported missing around 5 p.m. on Tuesday by her daughter, who told police that it was "totally out of character for her mother," to miss work or not return home. Also missing is Ms. Whiten's gray, four-door, 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier with Maryland tags XVV 181.
Ms. Whiten is described as black, 5 foot 1, 170 pounds, with brown eyes and short, black hair. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 887-2198.
Towson High renovation will begin about May 1
TOWSON -- The renovation of Towson High School will begin six months later than expected -- about May 1 -- but the project will be completed in two years rather than three, school officials say.
When bids for the 47-year-old school came in several million dollars over budget, school officials asked the architects and school administrators how the plans could be revised to stay within the nearly $15 million in state and county funds available.
No changes will be made in instructional space, facilities director Faith Hermann said. But areas such as the cafeteria will be smaller, and the project will be done in two phases, rather than five, to reduce costs and save time.
TSU tuition to increase by $50 in spring
TOWSON -- Towson State University students can expect to pay the price -- with a tuition increase -- for more parking and a new administration building.
To prepare for enrollment growth, college officials bought the empty Citicorp office building and 12 acres of land near the campus last summer for $6.3 million. To help finance the purchase, tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will increase by $50 this spring, and part-time undergraduate and graduate students will pay an additional $2 per credit hour. Typically, tuition is raised slightly each fall, a college spokeswoman said.
Currently, tuition is $1,765 for full-time, Maryland undergraduate students; $132 per credit hour for part-time, undergraduate students; and $168 per credit hour for graduate students.
Acquitted officer awarded six months back wages
The Board of Estimates approved yesterday the payment of six months back wages to a city police officer acquitted this month of charges that he stole money from an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer.
The board approved without discussion payment of $12,946.74 to Officer Michael S. McNamara, who was suspended without pay after his arrest on April 7. A jury cleared him of charges on Oct. 5, and he was restored to duty Oct. 11.
Lutherville firm awarded psychological services pact
The Board of Estimates approved yesterday a two-year, $162,125 contract with a Baltimore County firm to provide psychological evaluations of applicants for the city Police Department and counseling services for officers.
Contract winner Psychological Consultants Associates of Lutherville has conducted evaluations of potential recruits for 20 years, but this was the first time the department put the contract out for bid, officials said.
Man, 39, is charged in woman's stabbing death
A 39-year-old Southeast Baltimore man was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of an unidentified woman whose body was stuffed into a suitcase, police said.
Kelvin Angelo Blount of the 200 block of S. Madeira St. also was charged with a deadly weapon offense, said Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
Police found the woman's body Friday in a suitcase that had been placed in a plastic trash bag and left in the 200 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. Police said physical evidence found at the scene led to Mr. Blount's arrest.