City police arrested a man last night...


City police arrested a man last night on charges of child abuse and assault stemming from the death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old daughter, authorities reported.

Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said the state medical examiner's office has not determined the cause of death of Jasmine Covel, found dead in bed Tuesday at the man's home in the 2600 block of Francis St. But he said that the girl's arms were broken recently.

Arrested about 9 p.m. at the home was Shannon Flint, 32. Police said the mother, Vonestine Covel, 31, of the 600 block of W. Lafayette Ave. was being sought last night -- also charged in an arrest warrant with child abuse and assault.

Ex-restaurant worker given 35-year term in fatal stabbing

A former kitchen supervisor at Phillips Harborplace Express restaurant at the Inner Harbor pleaded guilty yesterday to fatally stabbing a cook with a chef's knife during an argument in the kitchen Oct. 8. He was sentenced to life in prison with all but 35 years suspended.

William Leroy Berkley, 42, of the 1500 block of N. Smallwood St. killed Darryl Luttrell, 20, as a handful of customers finished their meals. The victim collapsed in front of the women's bathroom.

Berkley also was sentenced to a 12-year concurrent term after he pleaded guilty to second-degree rape in an unrelated case, according to the city state's attorney's office.

Boy, 5, struck by Jeep dies from his injuries

A 5-year-old boy who was struck by a Jeep near his Curtis Bay home died yesterday at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, city police said.

Police said Zachary Abeyta stepped into the street from behind a parked van about 3 p.m. Monday and was struck by the Jeep, driven by a 24-year-old Brooklyn woman.

Police said the child suffered extensive internal injuries and had been in critical condition before dying at 10: 40 a.m. Police said no charges were lodged against the driver.

Arboretum is holding Market Day on Saturday

Missed yesterday's annual Flower Mart? All is not lost: Cylburn Arboretum's annual spring Market Day sale of wildflowers and native plants will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the city's nature preserve at 4915 Greenspring Ave., near Sinai Hospital.

The event is free, but a $2 voluntary fee is charged for parking on the grounds.

Numerous local nurseries and growers participate in the sale. Educational displays, a connoisseur plant booth, refreshments and crafts also will be offered.

OWINGS MILLS -- A towing company owner who wants to operate a garage in a rural section of Owings Mills lost a bid yesterday to argue his case before a county zoning commissioner.

Evan M. Shifren, co-owner with his wife of Hi-Caliber Towing & Auto Repair, bought property in Worthington Valley in 1992 and opened a garage, but in 1995 a judge ruled that the land's residential zoning did not allow the business.

Last year, a zoning commissioner refused to hear the case again. Shifren appealed that ruling, but his appeal was dismissed yesterday by the Baltimore County Board of Appeals. The judge's ruling has barred the company from operating a garage.

Union honors 10 teachers with 1998 Rookie Awards


ROSEDALE -- The Teachers Association of Baltimore County honored 10 teachers with 1998 Rookie Awards this week at its 37th annual Recognition and Retirement Dinner at Martin's Eastwind.

The teachers -- all of whom have five years' or less experience -- are Mary Elizabeth White, Perry Hall High School; Allison Blandeburge, Sparrows Point High School; Kristin Burdick, PTC Gunpowder Elementary School; Pat Cruz, Sandy Plains Elementary School; Laura Wesley Ford, Loch Raven High School; Michelle Razzi, Catonsville Middle School; Joy Lewandowski, Lansdowne Middle School; Thomas Melito, Riderwood Elementary School; Debbie Myers, Randallstown Elementary School; and Holly Wetherholt, Woodbridge Elementary School.

Lecture on communication between parent, child set


TOWSON -- An authority on parent-child communication will deliver a lecture tonight at the Conference Center at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital.

Adele Faber will discuss strategies from her latest book, "How to Talk So Kids Can Learn -- At Home and In School," in the 7 p.m. lecture sponsored by the Maryland Committee for Children as part of Maryland Week of the Working Parent.

Tickets are $12 for committee members and $15 for others. Information: 410-752-7588.

Pub Date: 5/07/98

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