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Officer who killed man is placed on administrative duty

TOWSON - The Baltimore County police sniper who shot and killed a knife-wielding man Tuesday has been placed on administrative duty while officials investigate the incident.

Reuben D. Johns, a 13-year veteran assigned to the tactical unit, will remain on administrative duty until the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office reviews the case, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman.

Johns shot Terry Bunner, 38, of the 3000 block of Virginia Ave. after a three-hour standoff at Bunner's home in Baltimore Highlands. Johns fired his weapon from across the street when Bunner, armed with a knife and screwdriver, walked out of his home and toward officers stationed near the house, police said.

Nurse accused in death ordered held without bail

TOWSON - A former Franklin Square Hospital Center nurse accused of killing a patient by prying apart her locked arms was ordered held without bail yesterday by a Baltimore County judge.

Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr. ordered Ethel B. Barlow held after a brief hearing, said Assistant State's Attorney Frank Meyer.

Barlow, 50, a licensed practical nurse, has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Ruth F. Bowen, who suffered from a disorder that caused her arms to be locked across her chest. Investigators say Barlow entered Bowen's room and straightened her arms Nov. 2, four days before the woman died from severe hemorrhaging.

Two St. Paul's teachers receive $15,000 grant

BROOKLANDVILLE - Two teachers from St. Paul's School for Girls recently received a $15,000 grant from Verizon's Growth Initiatives for Teachers program. They are one of two teams of teachers from Maryland to be honored.

Lalita Noronha-Blob, a biology teacher, and LuAnn Blackman, a math teacher, will use the grant for professional development and school enrichment. They will attend a seminar from June 23 to 28 in Washington as guests of Verizon.

The teachers were honored for an interdisciplinary program they created called "Jogging With Math and Science Into the New Millennium." It incorporates math, science, technology and aspects of literature into one curriculum.

In Baltimore City

Teen fatally stabbed; his friend is charged

An argument between two Hampden teen-agers described as "lifelong friends" ended last night with one of them dead - stabbed with a knife, city police said.

Detective Kenneth Welsh said Jaron Brawner, 15, of the 1500 block of W. 36th St. and his friend were arguing on the friend's front porch in the 1300 block of Berry St. about 6 p.m. when Jaron was stabbed in the chest with a 7-inch steak knife. He died an hour later at Sinai Hospital.

Arrested at the scene and charged last night with first-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon was Derek Benson, 16, police said. He was being held at Central Booking and Intake Center pending a bail hearing. The nature of the argument was not known last night.

Man convicted of killing his son's mother, her friend

A 35-year-old West Baltimore man has been convicted of murdering his son's mother and her friend, city prosecutors said.

Kenneth Decarlo Perry of the 3800 block of Beehler Ave. was convicted of murder last week in Baltimore Circuit Court in the deaths of LaShawn Jordan, 22, and her friend Kelly Bunn, 21. The killings occurred in July 1998 at Jordan's house in the 700 block of Lennox St. Perry is the father of Jordan's son.

The only witness to the killings was Jordan's 7-year-old daughter, Jewell, who testified at the trial.

Man in custody rearrested, charged in fatal shootings

A man in custody on charges of stealing license plates was rearrested yesterday and charged in warrants with the drug-related fatal shootings April 29 of two men on a West Baltimore street, police said.

Detective Jack McGrath said Pierre Wilson, 19, of the 1800 block of W. Franklin St. was charged at Central Booking and Intake Center with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Marvin Dawson, 22, of the 4300 block of Pimlico Road and Jyrunneil Hall, 23, of the 3500 block of Manchester Ave. as they stood in front of a house in the 1800 block of Lauretta Ave. Both were shot with an assault-type rifle and pronounced dead at the scene, McGrath said.

McGrath said the deaths were connected to the drug-related woundings of two men the day before, also in the 1800 block of Lauretta Ave.

Group plans event to help victims of property flipping

A new nonprofit organization formed to give financial aid to victims of property flipping and mortgage schemes will hold a $100-a- person fund-raiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at Tide Point in Locust Point.

Solid Foundations Inc. was formed to help "at-risk" homeowners with key repairs and maintenance, help families avoid real estate and mortgage schemes and help families who are losing their homes move to safe rental housing, said Ken Strong of the Community Law Center. Applications for funds should be made through housing counseling programs and nonprofit agencies.

Information on Solid Foundations and the fund-raiser: Ken Strong, 410-366-0922.

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