ESSEX -- Middlesex Elementary School is one...


ESSEX -- Middlesex Elementary School is one of three schools in the state and 110 in the country named National Distinguished Title I Schools by the U.S Department of Education for making sustained progress in student achievement over three years.

Middlesex was honored for its improving scores on the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program tests and for after-school remedial and enrichment programs. Title I schools get extra federal funds because of the high number of students from low-income families.

Middlesex, Gaithersburg Elementary in Montgomery County and Banneker-Loveville Elementary in St. Mary's County were honored by the Maryland State Board of Education this week. Each school received a governor's citation, a plaque and $2,000.

Girl, 14, injured by shots fired into her Essex home


ESSEX -- A 14-year-old girl was hit twice in the leg early yesterday when shots were fired into her home at the 900 block of Bayner Road.

County police said Katia Marie King was injured at 2: 30 a.m. when eight to 10 gunshots were fired from across the street. The girl was in the home with five other teen-agers.

The gunshots went through the house, shattering a sliding glass door in the back of the home. Police said yesterday they had no suspects and knew of no motive.

Police museum opens in Public Safety Building


TOWSON -- A museum celebrating the 124-year history of the Baltimore County Police Department opened yesterday at the Public Safety Building, 700 E. Joppa Road in Towson.

The display -- developed under the guidance of retired Officer Robert Deale -- features memorabilia such as uniforms, equipment and photographs. Public tours of the museum can be arranged by calling 410-887-5506.

A man serving a 65-year sentence for robbery, assault and narcotics violations escaped yesterday while being driven to a medical appointment at a downtown hospital, state police said.

Robert Cantlow, 40, of Baltimore was being driven to the University of Maryland Medical Center on South Greene Street about 2 p.m. when he jumped from a state prison van at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Saratoga Street and fled, police said.

Police said Cantlow has served 24 years of his sentence. An inmate at the minimum-security Central Laundry Pre-Release Facility in Sykesville, he was scheduled for a parole hearing in June 1999.

5-day sweep leads to arrest of 146 for various crimes

A five-day sweep by local law enforcement officers that ended yesterday resulted in the arrests of 146 people who were sought in warrants charging them with various crimes, including drug violations, vehicle theft and violation of probation, the city sheriff said.

Sheriff John W. Anderson said 10 men were arrested in the 1300 block of Myrtle Ave. on city and Baltimore County warrants. A man wanted on a criminal warrant was arrested in a woods off Potee Street in South Baltimore, where he had been living for some time, Anderson said.

Twenty-eight officers and deputies from the sheriff's office, the Police Department and Housing Authority Police participated in the operation, Anderson said.

Camp to lift reading skills available for third-graders

Baltimore is looking for children to participate in its summer SuperKids Camp to improve reading skills.

The eight-week program -- for children going into third grade -- will run from Monday to Aug. 21 at 19 sites in the city. The cost is $40, and scholarship assistance is available.

Interested parents should contact the Department of Recreation and Parks at 410-396-7900.

Housing forum to discuss mortgage lending, bias

The Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board will hold its annual fair-housing forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at McKeldin Center at Morgan State University, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane.

Agency members will discuss housing issues such as mortgage lending and enforcement of discrimination laws. The forum is open to the public. Information: 410-319-3120.

Pub Date: 6/26/98

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