In Baltimore County2-day 'Senior Expo' opens tomorrow...


In Baltimore County

2-day 'Senior Expo' opens tomorrow at fairgrounds

TIMONIUM -- The county Department of Aging is sponsoring its 13th annual "Senior Expo" tomorrow and Thursday at the Timonium fairgrounds. The expo will provide information to seniors on such topics as travel, housing, health care, finances, fitness, computers and cooking.

The Thursday session will include a job fair for senior citizens. Flu shots will be available both days.

Admission is $5. The expo will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Free shuttle service will be available from nearby parking lots and the Timonium light rail station.

Court denies appeals of two men on death row

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused yesterday to hear the appeals of two Maryland death row inmates convicted of unrelated murders in Baltimore County.

Without comment, the court denied the appeals of Clarence Conyers, convicted of fatally shooting Wanda Johnson of Hebbville in 1994; and Kevin Wiggins, who in 1988 drowned Florence Lacs, 77, in the bathtub of her Woodlawn apartment and stole her credit cards, car and a ring.

"This puts us one step closer to execution, which has been a long time coming," said Sandra A. O'Connor, the Baltimore County state's attorney whose office prosecuted both cases.

Firefighters, citizens to be honored at ceremony

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Fire Department will hold its annual commendation awards ceremony at 7: 30 p.m. today at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave.

Fourteen firefighters will be honored, including several local firefighters, who helped battle last year's wildfires in Florida.

Also slated for recognition are four citizens. Each will receive the Citizen's Medal of Honor for placing themselves at risk to save others.

Businesses, school leaders to meet on education efforts

TOWSON -- Business executives will meet with Baltimore County officials and Superintendent of Schools Anthony G. Marchione tomorrow to discuss new education initiatives.

Hoping that students will take grades more seriously, members of the Maryland Business Round- table for Education want business owners to require high school transcripts as part of the standard hiring process.

More than 350 Maryland companies have instituted a policy requiring the transcripts. Information: 410-727-0448.

In Baltimore City

Fund established to aid young gunshot victim

A trust fund has been established to help defray medical costs for the family of Emanuel "Nick" Gerondis, 12, who was shot in the head during a Sept. 20 robbery in front of a house in the 3800 block of Ash St. in Hampden.

The Woodberry resident, who turns 13 tomorrow, is in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Two men have been charged with attempted murder in the incident.

Donations may be sent to the Emanuel Nicolaos Gerondis Fund, Bank of America Banking Center, 902 W. 36th St., Baltimore 21211. Information: 410-338-1791.

Police Department receives $88,000 from drug forfeiture

The Baltimore Police Department received $88,000 in drug forfeiture money yesterday, bringing its yearly total to nearly $1 million. The agency also got title to a Corvette sports car yesterday that was seized during a drug sting in 1994.

Col. John E. Gavrilis, acting police commissioner, said the money was seized in two drug operations conducted with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The cash is divided between the agencies.

Police will use the money for new computers and training. The 1988 Corvette, which is decorated with police stripes, has been used in educational events.

Teen killed, another wounded in shooting

A teen-ager was killed last night and another wounded when at least two men armed with handguns fired on a group of males about 7 p.m. in the 700 block of Cator Ave. in North Baltimore, police said.

Darius Bagley, 18, of the 700 block of Belgian Ave. was shot in the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A boy, 15, was wounded in the right foot and treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital and released.

Police said Bagley appeared to be the intended victim.

Northeast Balto. man killed near home by gunman

A man was fatally shot yesterday during an exchange of gunfire with an assailant near the victim's Northeast Baltimore home, police said.

Darieus M. Washington, 31, of the 6900 block of McClean Blvd., was walking to his home about 1 a.m. and carrying groceries when a man fired a large-caliber handgun at him, said Detective Irvin Bradley of the homicide unit.

Washington began running, and pulled a handgun and fired at least two shots at his assailant before falling to the pavement with bullet wounds to the head and upper body, Bradley said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pub Date: 10/05/99

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