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In Baltimore City'You hit the jackpot,' police...


In Baltimore City

'You hit the jackpot,' police chief says after car hits cruiser

A sedan service car rear-ended a marked patrol cruiser in which Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris was riding yesterday evening, causing little damage and no injuries, but plenty of embarrassment.

"Oh, my God. That's the man in the news," said the driver of a car owned by Sedan Transport Inc. Norris got out of the cruiser, labeled "Unit 1," and told the man: "You hit the jackpot."

The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. The driver, Earl Conaway, whose age was not available, said he wrapped his tennis shoes in plastic to protect them and his foot slipped off the brake.

Six-year-old blind girl found on her school bus

A six-year-old blind girl was found unharmed about 10:30 p.m. last night on the school bus she had boarded after classes.

Shanta Watson, who lives with her aunt in the 4400 block of Moravia Road failed to return home about 3:30 p.m from Garrett Heights Elementary School and the aunt reported her missing about 7 p.m., said Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman.

After learning that Kim's Bus Service, located in the 1800 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. had picked up Shanta from school, police went there about 10:30 p.m. and had firefighters use a ladder to enter the firm's parking lot because of a vicious guard dog. Rowe said firefighters entered the bus through the roof escape hatch and found Shanta asleep on a seat and unharmed.

Boy Scouts of America selects new area president

John Maxwell has been selected by the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America to be the group's new president and chief executive officer.

Maxwell, who had been a Scout executive in Lehigh Valley, Pa., has 26 years of experience with the Boy Scouts of America.

In his new position, which he assumed Sept. 15, Maxwell will work with 16,500 volunteer leaders, board members and parents while overseeing an organization that serves 73,000 young people in the metro area.

In Baltimore County

Five police officers to be promoted today

TIMONIUM -- Five members of the Baltimore County Police Department are scheduled to receive promotions in ceremonies at 10 a.m. today in the Vista Room at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

They are Sgt. Michael J. Giannaccini, who will become a lieutenant assigned to the Wilkens Precinct; Cpl. Woodland M. Wilson III, promoted to sergeant, assigned to the Essex Precinct; Officer Craig A. Mitchell, promoted to corporal, assigned to the Wilkens Precinct; Officer Blanca E. Ramirez promoted to corporal, assigned to the western traffic division; and Officer Dawn M. Willett, promoted to corporal, assigned to the eastern traffic division.

Police arrest 2 youths wanted in W. Virginia

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore County police arrested two juveniles from West Virginia who are accused of stealing guns and were found at a family member's apartment in Owings Mills.

Police say that the two males, ages 16 and 17, stole weapons, ammunition and cigarettes from a Spencer, W.Va., store between Wednesday night and yesterday morning.

Acting on an informant's tip that one of the suspects might be at the relative's home on Rich Mar Road, county police closed the road for two hours yesterday. When the two suspects walked out police arrested them.

The youths face charges in West Virginia.

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