TOWSON -- The County school board has...


TOWSON -- The County school board has approved a tough new policy that holds all adults, including parent volunteers and student teachers, responsible for reporting suspected cases of child abuse.

The new policy -- approved without comment by the school board Tuesday night -- also requires increased training for all staff members and designates one person in every school as the main contact point for police and social services investigators.

The policy is the latest major step by local officials to better detect and report child abuse after 9-year-old Rita Fisher died last year -- the county's first child-abuse death in 15 years.

Man found guilty in girlfriend's stabbing


TOWSON -- A county jury yesterday convicted an Upper Marlboro man of first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, 31-year-old Rae Antoinette Corpening, stabbed 83 times Sept. 5 at her Woodlawn home.

Darryl J. Medley had testified that he stabbed Corpening in self-defense after she attacked him with a knife. The jury deliberated for three hours before finding him guilty.

Before the case went to the jury, Baltimore County Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II, citing insufficient evidence, dismissed a charge against Medley of first-degree attempted murder of his 4-year-old daughter, Kendra. Prosecutors said Medley turned on the gas stove after he killed Corpening in an attempt to kill Kendra, who may have witnessed the murder.

13-year-old playing with gun is accidentally wounded


PARKVILLE -- A 13-year-old boy who was playing with a gun had his thumbnail shot off yesterday, county police said.

Police said Anthony Beck of the 2800 block of Oakcrest Ave. and another youngster were playing with a .38-caliber handgun about 11: 30 a.m. at a home in the 2800 block of Glendale Ave., police said. The gun had been taken from the home of one of Anthony's relatives, police said.

Anthony reached for the gun as his friend held it, and the gun fired, hitting his thumb, police said. He was treated at Union Memorial Hospital and released. No charges were filed.

Jewelry salesman reports 3 men rob him of diamonds


PIKESVILLE -- A traveling jewelry salesman from California told police he was mugged by three masked men who took his car and his suitcase full of diamond jewelry yesterday.

Ilan Gal, 32, of Los Angeles told police he was putting his belongings in a rental car at 10 a.m. after checking out of the Hilton Hotel in the 1700 block of Reisterstown Road when three men walked up, hit him from behind and took his car and suitcase, said Sgt. Kevin Novak, county police spokesman.

Police could not provide an estimate of the jewelry's value, Novak said. Gal was treated for a head wound at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown and released.

Police raid used-car lot, seize stolen cars, parts


ROSEDALE -- County and city police raided a used-car lot in the 8000 block of Pulaski Highway about 10 p.m. yesterday, and seized at least eight stolen cars, several license plates and auto parts at a suspected chop-shop.

No one was arrested, but charges were pending an investigation of the suspected chop-shop, where stolen vehicles are dismantled and their parts sold, police said.

Lt. Barry Barber, a member of the Baltimore County Police Department and the Regional Auto Theft Team, said information gathered more than a month ago led to the raid on 40 East Auto Service and Specialty Auto Works.

The third annual International Festival will be held from noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Market Place Plaza next to the Brokerage.

The city-sponsored event is designed to highlight Baltimore's cultural diversity, and will offer ethnic foods, crafts and musical performances. Admission is free and vendor space is still available.

Information: 410 396-3151.

Physicians group schedules blood pressure program

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will offer free blood pressure screenings and dietary advice on ways to lower blood pressure from 10 a.m. to noon July 12 at the Baltimore Farmers' Market between Holliday and Gay streets.

The event is part of a nationwide program to increase awareness about the need to monitor blood pressure.

Pub Date: 6/18/98

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