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In Baltimore City

Northern High principal taking Prince George's job

A respected, reform-minded principal who has won praise for turning around Northern High School is leaving to take a job in Prince George's County.

Helena Nobles-Jones has been credited with rallying the teaching staff and improving student performance during her two years at Northern High. She was recruited by Prince George's County to be principal of a new math and science high school.

Nobles-Jones took over when Northern was one of Baltimore's more troubled high schools. She succeeded Alice Morgan Brown, who retired in 1998 after a year of turmoil during which she became the subject of talk shows across the country for suspending 1,200 students one afternoon.

Police identify man killed in Reservoir Hill

A man who was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in Reservoir Hill was identified by police yesterday as Cortez Bailey, 18, who lived in the neighborhood.

Police released few details of the killing, which occurred at 3 p.m. in the 2200 block of Callow Ave. They said Bailey, a resident of the 800 block of Whitelock St., was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said yesterday tha they knew of no suspect or motive.

Explosive blaze strikes former repair shop

A four-alarm fire punctuated by gas tank explosions in a former auto repair shop continued to burn in Northwest Baltimore early today as more than 100 firefighters worked to control the blaze.

The fire in a one-story, cinderblock building in the 3000 block of Ridgewood Ave. near Cold Spring Lane and Wabash Avenue - the second at the building since March - was reported at 10:42 p.m. Gas tanks in automobiles in the building exploded during the fire. Within moments, the building was engulfed in flames.

The building is the former location of Husband and Wife Auto Repairs, owned by Arthur Copeland 41, who said eight vehicles were stored in the building. He put the damage at a minimum of $200,000. An adjoing building, which recently housed a T-shirt business, was also damaged by the fire, which is being investigated by the arson squad.

In Baltimore County

Squad car hits woman; she's in guarded condition

ESSEX - A 21-year-old Essex woman remained in guarded condition yesterday at Bayview Medical Center after being struck by a Baltimore County police patrol car Tuesday night.

Eva Marie Wrightson of the 1600 block of Rickenbacker Road was walking in the middle of the first block of Back River Neck Road around 9 p.m. as Officer Tammy Beam was heading north, responding to a call about a man with a gun. Police said Beam, a three-year veteran of the department, saw Wrightson and swerved to avoiding hitting her. Police said the woman spotted the patrol car but continued walking and was struck by the police car, police said.

The Eastern Traffic Unit is conducting an investigation, but preliminary results indicate the accident was Wrightson's fault, police said.

Child-rearing program commencement today

MIDDLE RIVER - Commencement will be held today for parents of children who attend Victory Villa Elementary School who took part in "parenting" classes offered by the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.

The three-week program was taught by Ann Riddleberger, a school-linked family services social worker. Riddleberger helped adults learn about alternatives to physical discipline in child rearing. The group of 20 adults met for two hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month.

Information: 410-853-3927.

Department of Aging needs aide for ceramic program

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Department of Aging is seeking a retiree to volunteer as an administrative aide for an educational ceramic art program in the Mount Washington area. The job includes clerical tasks and requires basic computer skills.

Information: Bernadette Hanlon, 410-887-2059.

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