TOWSON -- State matching grants totaling $202,716...


TOWSON -- State matching grants totaling $202,716 will go to 26 county cultural groups, including $40,000 to the Jewish Community Center of Baltimore's Gordon Center for the Performing Arts.

Other grants for more than $10,000 included contributions to the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Maryland Arts Festival and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's fine arts gallery.

The state grants matching local contributions to county groups are a small part of a statewide distribution of funds totaling $7.1 million.

Police academy addition will be dedicated today


DUNDALK -- County police and community officials will dedicate an addition to the police academy gymnasium that houses elaborate "scenario" rooms at 10 a.m. today at Dundalk Community College.

The $400,000 addition, funded by the county, is divided into rooms furnished to look like a bar, a convenience store, a bank and a two-bedroom apartment. It is part of the Baltimore County Police Academy, which is on the Dundalk campus.

The rooms are used to train recruits in search and arrest techniques, said Joseph N. McGowan, director of the academy's training division.

School board cancels June 30 public meeting


TOWSON -- The county school board has decided to cancel a public meeting that had been scheduled for June 30.

The meeting tentatively had been planned in case the board needed extra time to vote on school construction contracts. But there were not enough pending contracts to require the meeting.

The next meeting of the board will be July 14.

A former member of the Belgian Consulate was indicted here yesterday on a charge of interstate travel with intent to have sex with a minor, said Lynne A. Battaglia, U.S. Attorney for Maryland.

Battaglia said Georges DeBeir, 57, of Garden City, N.Y., was arrested by the FBI June 3 at The Gallery in the 200 block of E. Pratt St., when he arrived there to meet a 14-year-old girl he allegedly had been communicating with on the Internet.

He had asked the girl -- in reality an adult FBI agent -- to engage in sexual acts with him for money and they agreed to meet at the Gallery, where he was arrested, Battaglia said. DeBeir is being held at the Volunteers of America halfway house, pending a psychiatric evaluation.

Police seek 2 men in fatal shooting of teen

A 17-year-old male was fatally shot yesterday on a West Baltimore street, and police were seeking two men in the incident.

Witnesses told Detective Homer Pennington that Damon Green was standing in the 200 block of S. Pulaski St. in the Shipley Hill neighborhood about 1: 30 a.m. when he began to run as two men, one with a handgun, approached him. Pennington said Green was shot several times in the upper body and legs and fell around the corner in the 2100 block of McHenry St.

Green, of the 1800 block of W. Franklin St., died about 2 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Pennington said.

Police seek motive in shooting death of man

A 52-year-old man was killed Wednesday night after being shot several times in a West Baltimore alley, and police said yesterday they knew of no suspects or motive in the slaying.

Robert Chase, of the 2500 block of Roslyn Ave. in Northwest Baltimore, was found wounded about 7: 30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Laurens St., police said. He was pronounced dead at 8: 05 p.m. at Bon Secours Hospital, they said.

Police released few details yesterday, but said Chase had been standing in the alley when an unknown man shot him several times.

Actor James Earl Jones to read as library guest

In conjunction with a local literacy effort, actor James Earl Jones will read to children from the popular book "Where the Wild Things Are" tomorrow at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's central library, 400 Cathedral St.

The event is part of a summer reading program sponsored by Bell Atlantic and the Baltimore Ravens to promote "reading in the off-season."

The free program will run from 11 a.m. to noon in the children's reading room. Information: 410-396-5494.

Pub Date: 6/19/98

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