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Northeastern major is finalist for police chief in Hagerstown

A Baltimore police major who commands the Northeastern District and has worked in the city for 26 years is a finalist to become chief of the Hagerstown department in Western Maryland, he confirmed yesterday.

Maj. Arthur Smith, 48, said he applied for the post a few months ago to succeed Dale Jones, who resigned in May to head the law enforcement branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Smith has commanded the Northeastern District and its 208 officers for nearly three years. The Hagerstown department has 100 officers.

Police identify man killed in Rosemont on Monday

A man shot and killed Monday night in front of a West Baltimore convenience store was identified by police yesterday as Teal Lane, 19, of the 700 block of Ashburton St.

Police said Lane was attacked about 7 p.m. in front of the 7-Eleven store at West Franklin Street and Franklintown Road in Rosemont, and was pronounced dead a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police reported no arrests or motive in the case. They would not say in which part of the body Lane was shot.

Community fair will raise money for school supplies

Anyone who would like to help provide school supplies for children in two Southeast Baltimore communities can patronize a community fair from 10 a.m. to 6: 30 p.m. Saturday at 600 N. Linwood Ave.

The fair is sponsored by Prince of Peace Baptist Church, 600 N. Linwood Ave., and the McElderry Park and North Highlandtown community associations. It will feature items for sale, health information, games with prizes and musical performances.

For booth rental and information, call event coordinator Annie Brown at 410-235-6729 from 8 a.m. to noon, or from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Friday.

Clinic at Hopkins to offer free prostate cancer tests

Free screenings for prostate cancer will be offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow in the urology clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital outpatient center at 601 N. Caroline St.

Screenings, which include a brief medical history, rectal exam and blood test, are recommended for men ages 50 to 75 who are not under the care of a urologist; African-American and Hispanic men age 35 or older; and those with a family history of prostate cancer.

Information: 410-955-3293.

In Baltimore County

Memorial garden for officer will be dedicated Friday

DUNDALK -- A memorial garden in honor of Baltimore City police Lt. Owen Eugene Sweeney Jr., killed in the line of duty in 1997, will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Friday at the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

The garden is near the Baltimore County Police Training Facility, near parking lot D. In case of inclement weather, dedication ceremonies will be held in the Health, Fitness & Athletic Center.

Information: 410-285-9863.

Credit union gives schools $100,000 for new computers

TOWSON -- School Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione accepted a $100,000 check from First Financial Federal Credit Union yesterday to help 21 schools purchase classroom computers.

First Financial will pay the school system an additional $50,000 during the next two years, bringing the contribution to $200,000, said schools spokesman Charles A. Herndon.

The money for the computers was made possible through First Financial's KidsFirst Fund, in which a percentage of members' credit card purchases are donated to children in the community.

Firm will open fourth center to treat county employees

TIMONIUM -- Concentra Medical Centers, a managed care company focusing on workers' compensation cost containment, will open a 5,600-square-foot office today at 1840 York Road in Timonium.

The site joins three Concentra offices in the county, in Arbutus, Dundalk and Rosedale. Twenty employees will work in the office, which is equipped to provide injury care, X-ray services and physical therapy services.

In April, Concentra signed a five-year, $3 million agreement with county government to handle its workers' compensation program and provide related health services for the county's employees.

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