ESSEX -- The family of an Orems...


ESSEX -- The family of an Orems Elementary School third-grader says she was traumatized June 3 after a teacher briefly taped her to a chair. School officials and the family of 9-year-old Ashley Schap agree that the teacher used masking tape to punish Ashley for getting up in class, but disagree on how many seconds passed before the tape was removed.

"The essential point is not the amount of time but the fact that she was restrained in the first place," said Victor L. Graves, an attorney representing the family. No lawsuit has been filed.

A police investigation did not result in charges, and schools spokesman Donald I. Mohler said the matter has been referred to the county Department of Social Services. He said he could not comment on any action that might be taken against the teacher.

Father of girl bitten by dog asks board to ban Rottweiler


LANSDOWNE -- Brian Ball, father of a 5-year-old girl severely bitten on the head May 14 by a Rottweiler, asked the county's Animal Hearing Board yesterday not to allow the dog, named Brutus, back into their Burbank Court neighborhood.

But Edward Smith, the dog's owner, told the four-member board he would gladly "take all precautions," and "not take this dog around human beings again," if his pet is allowed to return home from the county animal shelter in Baldwin.

The board promised to make its decision public within 10 days. Penalties range up to an order that the animal be destroyed.

County executive dedicates Benjamin Banneker park


OELLA -- The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, a monument to the man known as the "first black man of science," was dedicated yesterday by County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

The Colonial-era almanac author lived and farmed tobacco at the 142-acre site of the museum at 300 Oella Ave. The dedication was attended by about 300 community members, politicians, descendants of Banneker and Friends of Benjamin Banneker, a group of volunteers that lobbied for the $2.5 million park and museum and helped find artifacts for exhibit.

The museum, owned and operated by the county Department of Recreation and Parks, will be open only by appointment this summer. The park also has an active archaeological dig.

A man sought in the fatal stabbing of a West Baltimore woman nearly three years ago was arrested Monday at home, two blocks from where the victim lived, police said yesterday.

The body of Sherry Lynne Vaughn, 32, of the 1000 block of Kevin Road in Edmondson Village was found in the 4500 block of Edmondson Ave. on Oct. 13, 1995, police said.

William "Bodie" Whitehead, 41, of the 1200 block of Kevin Road, who was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder, was arrested Monday by members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force after the city police Cold Case Squad identified a suspect in Vaughn's death. He was being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

HIV, AIDS activist honored for outreach

William Blackston, a Baltimore HIV-AIDS activist and former state prison inmate, was honored yesterday in a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel for efforts to educate other inmates and people in high-risk neighborhoods about the disease.

Blackston, who was in prison when he found out he was infected with the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is an advocate for people living with the human immunodeficiency virus and outreach peer counselor for the Health Education Resource Organization (HERO).

He was one of eight people across the country named this year to receive the inaugural Kraft Community Service Award, and at the luncheon Kraft Foods donated $5,000 in his name to Moveable Feast, a nonprofit organization that provides food to homebound AIDS patients.

Man charged with murder in shooting of stepfather

A man charged with shooting his stepfather last month during an argument in their North Baltimore home was charged yesterday with fatally shooting him days after the victim was released from the hospital, police said.

Gregory Mandell Kent, 27, of the 600 block of Melville Ave. in Waverly is charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in Saturday's killing and was being sought, police said. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the May 28 attack.

Police said Bernard Rafton Arnold, 58, was fatally shot inside the house about 5: 10 p.m. Saturday. He had been shot four times in the upper body on May 28. A spokeswoman at Johns Hopkins Hospital refused to say when he was released.

Pub Date: 6/10/98

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