An article in yesterday's Sun gave incorrect...


An article in yesterday's Sun gave incorrect information about a promotion ceremony for Baltimore County police officers. The ceremony was held at 10 a.m. yesterday at the Timonium State Fairgrounds. Four sergeants, six corporals and six officers were promoted.

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TIMONIUM -- Fourteen county police officers will be promoted in a ceremony today at Timonium State Fairgrounds.

One lieutenant will be promoted to captain, three sergeants will become lieutenants, five corporals will become sergeants and five officers will become corporals at the ceremony, which is open to the public.

Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan, county administrative officer Robin Churchill and Suzanne Mensch, clerk of the county Circuit Court, will officiate. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. in the Vista Room.


Thirteen alleged drug dealers and 40 of their alleged customers were arrested yesterday in an East Baltimore apartment building and charged with narcotics violations, police said.

The suspected dealers were charged after police executed search warrants for six apartments in the 2000 block of E. North Ave. Officers recovered more than 69 vials of crack cocaine and 32 capsules of heroin, said Sgt. David Childs of the Eastern District.

Another 40 suspects were charged with attempting to possess controlled dangerous substances after they came to the building between 9: 30 a.m. and noon, Childs said. The suspects were being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

Kennedy Krieger to offer screenings for lead poisoning

The Kennedy Krieger Institute will offer free children's blood screenings for lead poisoning Monday to mark the beginning of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

Lead poisoning can be a factor in developmental disabilities such as learning and behavior problems. Sources include peeling paint and dust and fumes from renovations in older homes.

Testing -- recommended for children ages 6 months to 6 years -- will be from noon to 3 p.m. at Patterson Park's Virginia S. Baker Recreation Center off Eastern Avenue. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, who can identify the primary medical provider.

Baltimore Clayworks offers food and entertainment

Baltimore Clayworks will present a night of street dancing and international foods and entertainment from 7 p.m. to midnight tonight on its grounds in the 5700 block of Smith Ave.

Spice It Up will feature music, pottery and sculpture for sale and vendors selling Jamaican curried goat, vegetarian chili, Tandoori chicken, Jambalaya, tacos and North African stew. Tickets are $15.

The pottery sale will continue with free admission tomorrowfrom 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 410 578-1919.

Man accused of taking ambulance being evaluated

A 27-year-old man who police said stole an $80,000 ambulance from a downtown hospital parking lot and took it on a joy ride yesterday was being held for psychiatric evaluation at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

A paramedic reported seeing Medic 4 being driven away from Maryland General Hospital in the 800 block of Linden Ave. about 1: 50 a.m. Police said the ambulance's doors had been locked, but the engine was left running. They did not know how the suspect got inside.

A paramedic found the vehicle, which had a flat tire and possible undercarriage damage, about 6 a.m. on Orleans Street south of Old Town Mall. Police said they arrested the suspect a short distance away, but have not decided whether to file charges.

WOODLAWN -- An elderly woman was critically injured yesterday afternoon when she stepped off the curb into the path of a Mass Transit Administration bus, county police said.

Olivia Rodriguez, 85, of the 1100 block of Dorchester Ave. was struck about 2: 15 p.m. at Ingleside Avenue and U.S. 40 near her home, said police spokesman Bill Toohey. She was in critical condition last night at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Fifteen passengers were on the bus, but none was injured, Toohey said. The bus driver, not identified by police, tested negative for drugs, he said. No charges were filed.

Coalition workshop to focus on television, youth violence


TOWSON -- The Coalition of Positive Media at Sheppard Pratt Health System is sponsoring a lecture and workshop Tuesday on the connection between television violence and aggressive behavior.

Susan Villani, a child psychiatrist at Sheppard Pratt's Forbush School, will speak at 7 p.m. at the hospital's main campus, 6501 N. Charles St., and then conduct a workshop for parents, teachers and child-care workers on skills and activities to help lessen the impact on children of violence on television, film and video games.

The program is free. The coalition is comprised of parents, educators and community members dedicated to reducing youth violence through information and critical viewing skills.

Pub Date: 6/05/98

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