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In Baltimore City

Report concludes air quality is OK at court complex

Employees at the downtown courthouse complex on Calvert Street can breathe freely, says a new report that concludes there are no serious air quality problems in the century-old buildings.

In response to employee complaints, the Occupational Safety Division of the city Department of Personnel analyzed air and water samples from around the two buildings. The study concluded there were no "gross problems but some localized clean-up and repair will definitely be beneficial to the comfort of the occupants."

The study recommends, among other things, that dirty vents and the pigeon droppings on windowsills be cleaned.

Police say fatal shooting of 2 men was drug-related

Police identified yesterday the two men who were fatally shot Sunday in West Baltimore and said the incident was drug-related. They also said the victims have been linked to the shooting of two other men on the same street Saturday night.

Marvin Dawson, 22, of the 4300 block of Pimlico Road, and Jyrunneil Hall, 23, of the 3500 block of Manchester Ave. -- both in Northwest Baltimore -- were shot in the head by unknown assailants about 1 p.m. in the 1900 block of Lauretta Ave. and died at the scene, police said.

Anyone with information about any of the shootings is urged to contact Detective Jack McGrath at 410-396-2100.

Three schools honored for Title I programs

Schools in the city, Baltimore County and Wicomico County were honored yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education for outstanding Title I programs that help disadvantaged students reach high academic standards.

Mount Royal Elementary/Middle in Baltimore, Martin Boulevard Elementary in Baltimore County and Glen Avenue School in Salisbury were among 95 Title I schools honored nationally.

This year, Title I is providing nearly $9 billion to help educate about 13 million disadvantaged children in high-poverty areas.

Man, 28, charged in death of correctional officer

A 28-year-old man was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the death of a correctional officer who was assaulted in his East Baltimore home last month.

Wessley Whiting of the 800 block of E. Preston St. also was charged with first- and second-degree assault, robbery and theft, police said. Whiting, who was arrested Monday, was already in custody on a robbery charge, police said.

William Moore Jr., 37, was fatally beaten at his residence in the 1100 block of Homewood Ave. on April 7, police said. Kevin Enright, a police spokesman, said Moore suffered blunt-force trauma.

In Baltimore County

Inmates cause disturbance at Kenilworth Ave. jail

TOWSON -- Inmates of unit 3C at the Baltimore County Detention Center were allowed out of their cells yesterday for the first time since a disturbance Friday night.

Upset about not receiving hepatitis vaccinations in time for weekend visiting hours, about 58 inmates staged a minor disturbance by refusing to return to their cells at night, said Deputy Corrections Administrator James O'Neill. Some inmates spread soapy water on the floor, and one set a newspaper on fire, O'Neill said.

The inmates returned to their cells after about 20 minutes, he said, as corrections officers in riot gear were forming an emergency response team. County police established a secure perimeter around the Kenilworth Avenue jail and dispatched a helicopter. No injuries or escapes were reported.

Man accused of throwing acid on employee in robbery try

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police have arrested a man and charged him with throwing acid on a 7-Eleven employee during an attempted robbery in November.

Aaron L. Avent, 18, of the 5800 block of Leith Walk was arrested Monday night at his home and charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, destruction of property, reckless endangerment and carrying a deadly weapon.

Avent is accused of throwing acid on an employee's face and body during a robbery attempt at the store in the 6300 block of Sherwood Road on Thanksgiving Day, police said. Avent is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Fallen Heroes Day planned at cemetery Friday

TIMONIUM -- Nine police officers and two firefighters who died in the line of duty during the past year will be honored Friday at the 16th annual Fallen Heroes Day ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

The service recognizes police and correctional officers, firefighters, and emergency medical and rescue personnel who lost their lives protecting Maryland residents.

Among the scheduled speakers are Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger and the Rev. Frank M. Reid III of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore. The service begins at 1 p.m. at the cemetery, 200 E. Padonia Road.

200 'finest' volunteers, teachers, students honored TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Board of Education has recognized 200 teachers, students, community members and volunteers as part of a semiannual awards program.

The ceremony, held Sunday night at Cockeysville Middle School, "proudly presents the finest in Baltimore County Public Schools," officials said.

Ceremony marks addition, renovation at Towson school

TOWSON -- Parents and teachers celebrated an addition to and renovation of Ridge Ruxton School yesterday.

Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston and County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger helped with the ribbon cutting, which marked the completion of two projects worth $3.3 million that enlarged the special education school.

Students who used to attend Ridge School on Joppa Road in Towson moved to Ruxton School in December. That was when the name of Ruxton School was changed to Ridge Ruxton School.

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