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Man is convicted of forcing driver from car with child inside

A man has been convicted of forcing a woman from her car at a North Baltimore shopping center and speeding off with her 10-month-old daughter in the back, prosecutors said yesterday.

Coffe Tooles, 32, of the 1000 block of E. Belvedere Ave. was convicted Friday in Circuit Court of carjacking, child abduction and assault. Tooles could get 30 years in prison when he is sentenced July 26, according to a news release from city State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.

Tooles attacked the woman Sept. 9 as she left Belvedere Square shopping center. He was caught soon afterward when he lost control of the car, which jumped a curb and struck a bus stop sign. The baby was unharmed.

Earth Day 2000 Celebration is tomorrow in E. Baltimore

Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition will be the host of Maryland's official Earth Day 2000 Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in the 2100 block of Preston St.

Entertainment for children will include face painting and musical groups. The event will offer free blood pressure screening and lead testing and giveaways, such as T-shirts and balloons.

The event culminates a month of activities sponsored by HEBCAC, Johns Hopkins Medicine and other local organizations.

Police identify man killed while selling music cassettes

Police identified Dion Donte Gibson, 25, yesterday as the man who was fatally shot Thursday night in Northwest Baltimore while selling music tapes. Police knew of no suspect or motive in the slaying.

Detective Richard Purtell said Gibson, whose Woodlawn address was not available, was in the 2900 block of Garrison Blvd. in Forest Park about 8 p.m. and was seen talking to the driver of a foreign car before he was shot.

Hepatitis, chickenpox shots offered free for children

As part of National Infant Immunization Week, free shots against hepatitis B and chickenpox will be offered to city children from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Parking Lot A at Mondawmin Mall and noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Healthy Start offices, 610 Chester St.

The city Health Department advises parents that effective September, all children entering prekindergarten will be required to have three hepatitis B and one chickenpox shot (or proof of disease) in addition to other immunizations.

In Baltimore County

Family Safety Day planned today at Catonsville center

CATONSVILLE -- Family Safety Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Catonsville Senior Center.

The event, sponsored by the county police Wilkens Community Outreach Team and the senior center, will feature free child fingerprint cards with photograph, a child safety seat demonstration, senior safety information and a visit by the county police helicopter and police dog unit. Children will be able to ride a bicycle rodeo course.

The senior center is at 501 N. Rolling Road. Information: 410- 744-1584.

TABCO to hold conference on safe schools April 29

TOWSON -- The Teachers Association of Baltimore County will sponsor a conference, "Building Safe Schools and Communities," at 8: 30 a.m. April 29 at Towson University Union.

The conference, which will include presentations from police, PTSA members, and students, is open to educators, parents and community members.

A $5 registration fee will be charged. Information: 410-254- 3075 or 410-583-6821.

Government association at Holabird school honored

DUNDALK -- The Student Government Association at Holabird Middle School has received the Felix Simon Award for excellent leadership, service and effectiveness, a first for a Baltimore County middle school.

Association members Steve Szymanik, Megan Katauskas, Allison Neff, Jessica Stivers, Elyse Ditzel and Amanda Shirk accepted the prize recently at the annual meeting of the Maryland Association of School Councils. The award is named for Felix Simon, a counselor at Maryland high schools for 30 years and founder of a program to teach students leadership skills.

Information: 410-887-7049.

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