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FBI to take part in investigation of noose incident

The FBI said yesterday that it will investigate an incident in which a black couple in Southwest Baltimore found a noose hanging from a tree outside their home Tuesday. City police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Special Agent Peter A. Gulotta Jr., a spokesman for the FBI's Maryland field office, said the results of the investigation will be sent to the U.S. attorney for Maryland and the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department.

Christie Green was leaving her home at Devonshire and South College roads Tuesday morning when she spotted an 8-foot rope, formed into a noose, dangling from a tree in her yard. Green and her husband, Darryl, are one of two black families who live on Devonshire Road.

Ruling lets teachers union hold election today

The election for executive committee of the Baltimore Teachers Union was to proceed today after a Baltimore Circuit Court judge denied yesterday a candidate's last-minute request to delay the voting.

Belinda Conaway-Washington, who is running for president, sought an injunction to delay the election because voting hours set for 10: 30 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. made if difficult for teachers to participate. A guidance counselor at West Baltimore Middle School, she also contended that union officials were protecting the incumbent, Marietta English, by listing her name first on the ballot.

Judge Allen C. Schwait said he sympathized with the plaintiff's argument but denied the injunction, saying she had failed to show harm to her candidacy.

Police seek escapee from Pre-Release Unit

State police continued to search yesterday for an inmate who escaped from the Baltimore Pre-Release Unit Saturday.

Andrew Cawthorne, 25, who was nearing the end of a 42-month sentence for robbery with a deadly weapon, apparently kicked out a window and jumped from the second floor of the facility at 926 Greenmount Ave., police said. Cawthorne's last known address was the first block of Tahoe Circle in Owings Mills, but he is believed to frequent the Cherry Hill area in southern Baltimore, police said.

Police described Cawthorne as black, 6 feet tall and weighing 220 pounds, with a round face, a medium complexion and three or four gold teeth.

In Baltimore County

Franklin High celebrates completion of new wing

REISTERSTOWN -- Students and faculty members at Franklin High School celebrated the completion of a $10 million addition yesterday with county schools Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione and County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

The addition houses a weight room, a library and English and social studies classrooms.

Principal Dean P. Terry said there was a "real need" for the addition, which will ease crowding. Construction started in August 1998.

Police seek to interview 3 men in woman's death

TOWSON -- County police say they want to speak to three men who might have information about the killing of a Dundalk woman April 20.

Heidi Bernadzikowski, 24, was strangled and stabbed to death inside her home in the 2000 block of Codd Ave. Police said one of the men they are seeking talked to Bernadzikowski at her home about starting a neighborhood watch. Neighbors told police that the two other men were seen walking near her home days before she was killed.

Police said the men are not suspects. Anyone with information about them is asked to call police at 410-887-2198.

Faulty cable causes mall, others to lose electricity

TOWSON -- A faulty electrical cable left 178 customers, including Towson Town Center, without power for less than an hour yesterday afternoon, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokesman said.

Utility workers discovered the faulty line on Dulaney Valley Road near Goucher College at 1: 57 p.m. yesterday. The line was repaired by 2: 44 p.m., the spokesman said.

The mall was closed for a short time during the blackout.

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