In Baltimore County
Education officials say enrollment increased by 423 to 106,723
TOWSON -- County education officials announced yesterday that the school system had an enrollment of 106,723 students as of Sept. 30.
The new enrollment figure represents an increase of 423 students compared with last year. Enrollment at elementary schools decreased to 51,222 this year from 51,801 last year. Middle and high schools witnessed an increase in enrollment.
Enrollment at Baltimore County schools has increased by about 20,000 students since 1990.
Police identify man killed by gunshot in Dundalk
TOWSON -- County police identified yesterday a Baltimore man found shot to death Wednesday night in Dundalk.
Forrest Kraig Anderson, 27, of the 400 block of Bouldin St., was shot as he arrived at a friend's house in the first block of Court Pleasant Road about 9 p.m., police said. The shooting followed a brief altercation with two men.
Anderson was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he died from a gunshot wound to the torso.
Police locate car belonging to man found dead in fire
TOWSON -- County police said yesterday they have found the 1995 Dodge Neon belonging to a man found dead at the scene of a townhouse fire in Turners Station on Monday.
The car belonged to George Koval Jr., who lived in the 100 block of Willow Court, where his body was found Monday by firefighters. An autopsy was completed yesterday, but county police spokesman Cpl. Vickie Warehime said the investigation was continuing.
The car was found parked at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Anne Arundel County, police said.
In Baltimore City
Two men shot, one dead; Cherry Hill man arrested
Two men were shot, one fatally, in southern Baltimore yesterday, and police arrested one suspect and were seeking another.
Ronnell Johnson, 22, of the 1100 block of Cherry Hill Road and Layford Ellis, 29, of the 3600 block of E. Fayette St. were shot about 2 a.m. outside an apartment complex in the 4200 block of Thayer Court in Brooklyn, said Detective Martin Young. Johnson died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Ellis was in critical condition, Young said.
Young said Reno F. Mabrey, 22, of the 2800 block of Joseph Ave. in Cherry Hill was arrested a short time later and charged with first-degree murder. Young declined to identify the other suspect.
Investigation of drug activity leads to Remington arrests
Police raided five homes in the Remington section of North Baltimore last night and arrested 15 people, 11 of them alleged members of the "Remington Mob," suspected of drug-related crimes in the area.
Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman, said officers seized 10 firearms, $1,500 and a small quantity of suspected marijuana during the raids. He said the arrests followed an investigation of several months of violence and drug activity in Remington.
MTA to offer shuttle bus while rail line is closed
Beginning at 8 p.m. today through Sunday evening, the Mass Transit Administration will provide shuttle bus service between the Camden Yards and North Avenue stations on the Central Light Rail line because maintenance work requires the line to be closed.
A shuttle bus will also operate between the Mount Royal and Penn Station stops. Information: 410-539-5000.
Mayor to be cast as mouse in reading program kickoff
The mayor may seem a little mousy today when he pays a visit to Gwynns Falls Elementary School.
In a performance this morning kicking off Crestar's Reach for a Star reading program, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and the banking company's Maryland region president, Scott Wilfong, are cast as mice in the Steven Kroll story, "The Biggest Pumpkin Ever."
The bank will make a donation to the school library, and its employees will continue monthly visits to read to pupils.
Harvest festival scheduled at Cylburn Arboretum
An old-fashioned family harvest festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Cylburn Arboretum 4915 Greenspring Ave.
Activities include pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, food, country music, crafts, hayrides, square dancing, a petting zoo and bird-watching.
The event is sponsored by the horticultural division of the city Department of Recreation and Parks and the Cylburn Arboretum Association. Information: 410-396-0180.