TOWSON -- The county school board approved...


TOWSON -- The county school board approved Tuesday night a pair of report cards to be used by all elementary schools.

The report cards -- developed by two committees of parents, teachers, principals and administrators -- replace ones used by the county's 101 elementary schools. One report card will be used for first- and second-graders, and the other, which includes letter grades, is intended for third- , fourth- and fifth-graders.

The new report cards will begin to be used this fall, but school officials say they plan to gather feedback during the year and make changes as needed -- particularly to try to make the report card simpler and clearer to parents.

County executive candidates release spending reports


TOWSON -- John J. Bishop, Republican candidate for county executive, had raised $9,198 as of his campaign finance report Friday and had $7,175 on hand. His challenger, incumbent Democrat C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, had raised nothing since his Aug. 18 report but had spent $54,000 on direct mailing since then and had $689,000 on hand.

Democratic state Senate candidate Robert Fulton Dashiell, a county school board member seeking nomination in the 10th District, which covers West Baltimore and the Liberty Road corridor, had not filed either of the two reports as of yesterday. He promised they will be filed by tomorrow.

Convicted burglar accused of parole violation


TOWSON -- Police are searching for a convicted burglar nTC accused of violating his parole last month by burglarizing an office building and injuring a worker.

John Paul Cutson, 45, of the 2300 block of Reisterstown Road, was arrested Aug. 4 after a burglary and assault in the 1700 block of Reisterstown Road. He was arrested, held on $3,500 bail and released the next day at a bail hearing.

He has not been seen since. He is described as a white male, 45 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 190 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, and possibly a graying beard. Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-887-2198.

Parents of boy fatally shot seek tougher gun-security law


WHITE MARSH -- The parents of a 13-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed by a younger playmate Aug. 20 will launch a campaign today for an amendment to strengthen the laws against adults whose guns are found by children.

John and Carole Price want to see the John Joseph Price Amendment enacted by the state legislature. The couple has joined forces with a statewide activist group called Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse, said executive director Nancy Fenton.

Fenton said the amendment would make leaving a handgun where a child could get it a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. The offense now is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum $1,000 fine.

Highlandtown's long-closed Grand Theatre, a 1914 playhouse in the 500 block of S. Conkling St., south of Eastern Avenue, was purchased yesterday at public auction for $210,000 by the nonprofit Southeast Development Inc.

The theater, which closed in the 1980s, is slated to reopen as a three-screen film venue operated by Fells Point movie exhibitor George Figgs.

The purchase of the Grand advances Southeast Development's plans to revitalize Highlandtown's business core. Groundbreaking ceremonies are slated for Oct. 18 for four Eastern Avenue-Conkling Street commercial buildings, including the Grand and Patterson movie theaters and the former Irvin's department store.

7 city attorneys make list for District Court judgeships

Seven local attorneys will be considered by Gov. Parris N. Glendening to fill two new judgeships on Baltimore's District Court bench.

The list, compiled by the local judicial nomination commission last week, includes Nathan Braverman, George M. Lipman, Joan Bossman Gordon and Miriam Brown Hutchins.

Other candidates who were chosen previously are Emanuel Brown, James P. Casey and Timothy Donald Murphy.

Groundbreaking takes place for Northern District station

City and state officials broke ground yesterday for a $4.3 million Northern District police station on city-owned land on Cold Spring Lane west of the Jones Falls Expressway.

The 26,000-square-foot metal, glass and brick building will be a base for 202 officers when it opens in mid-1999, city officials said.

It will replace a century-old Victorian building on Keswick Road and 34th Street.

Pub Date: 9/10/98

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