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A staff member at East Baltimore's Patterson...


A staff member at East Baltimore's Patterson High School has been reassigned to duties away from the school, pending the results of an investigation of inappropriate conduct with a student.

Students yesterday took home a letter from Principal Laura D'Anna, informing their parents and guardians of the investigation. "The administration has reported these allegations to the appropriate authorities and agencies as required by state law," D'Anna wrote.

Vanessa Pyatt, a spokeswoman for city schools, would not disclose the nature of the inappropriate conduct or identify the staff member. "We are investigating," she said.

Argument ends in fatal shooting of 17-year-old

A 17-year-old East Baltimore youth was fatally shot near his home last night while arguing with another teen-ager, police said -- the city's 304th slaying this year.

Detective John Riddick said the victim was arguing with another teen-age male in the 2300 block of E. Lanvale St. about 7: 30 p.m. when the other youth shot him in the face with a handgun.

The victim, whose identity was not released, was pronounced dead about 8 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Riddick said, adding that police had no suspect.

Moveable Feast to deliver meals on Christmas

More than 50 volunteers will spend part of their Christmas Day at Moveable Feast, 3401 York Road, preparing, packaging and delivering meals to clients, who are homebound because of AIDS or HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS.

Volunteers also will deliver gifts donated by local businesses and social clubs to the clients and their families.

TOWSON -- Holiday magic can be found at the Fire Museum of Maryland when a train garden opens Saturday.

The museum, in the 1300 block of York Road in Lutherville, will feature model trains and a miniature display of an American town. Antique firefighting equipment dating to 1806 also will be on view.

Train gardens are a Baltimore firehouse tradition -- in some cases, fire trucks had to be moved for storage to other firehouses because the gardens took over the entire hall during the holiday season. Admission is $3. Information: 410-321-7500.

Police suggest engraving presents to thwart thieves


TOWSON -- County police are reminding holiday shoppers to have gifts engraved with an identification number to help thwart thieves.

Engraving equipment and instructions are available in police stations, public library branches and through Citizens on Patrol groups. Use of equipment is free for county residents.

Identification numbers make disposing of stolen goods, particularly bicycles, more difficult, police said.

48 new state troopers sworn in at ceremony


PIKESVILLE -- Forty-eight new state troopers were sworn in yesterday during graduation ceremonies at Towson University.

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and U.S. Attorney Lynne Battaglia were among those at the ceremony for the 111th academy class.

The troopers will have eight weeks of field training in their new assignments before patrolling alone, and they will be spread throughout Maryland.

Pub Date: 12/24/98

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