In Baltimore County
Girl, 10, who fell off ice cream truck dies of head injuries
ESSEX -- A 10-year-old girl died yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore of severe head injuries she suffered Wednesday when she fell from the back of an ice cream truck near her home, police said.
Francine Evans of the first block of Mars Road in Kingsley Park died about 4 p.m., police said. Police said she had climbed onto the truck without the driver's knowledge while it was stopped at a playground about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday and fell off as the truck drove away.
Police identified the truck driver as Joseph Whetstone, 30, of Essex. The incident was being reviewed by the county prosecutor's office, police said.
Beth Tfiloh named Blue Ribbon School
PIKESVILLE -- Beth Tfiloh Community School, 3300 Old Court Road, was named a Blue Ribbon School yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education.
"Our entire school community was involved in self-reflection -- you have to look at yourself in the mirror and report on what you see," said Zipora Schorr, director of education at Beth Tfiloh. "What I am proud about is that we work very hard to educate our children" to be good Jews and good Americans. "It's good to know that an outside agency acknowledged that fact."
The award recognizes academic excellence in Beth Tfiloh's elementary and middle schools, which are more than 50 years old. Beth Tfiloh, which offers classes pre-K through 12th grade, has just more than 1,000 students.
Baltimore man arrested in fatal shooting at club
TOWSON -- A Southeast Baltimore man has been charged with first-degree murder in a shooting in December outside Strawberry 5000, a now-closed Rosedale nightclub.
Gary Anthony Creek, 19, of the 1200 block of Rayleigh Way was arrested Wednesday at his house without incident. Creek was denied bail and is being held at Baltimore County Detention Center.
Creek is accused of shooting Toye Washington, 24, in the stomach Dec. 21 during a dispute in the club's parking lot in the 7900 block of Pulaski Highway.
Sunday banquet to honor Carson scholarship winners
WOODLAWN -- The latest Carson Scholarship Fund winners will be feted Sunday at a banquet at Martin's West.
The 176 students, from schools in Maryland, Delaware, Washington, Pennsylvania and California, each will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Dr. Benjamin Carson, a surgeon and author, and his wife, Candy, co-founders of the scholarship fund, will attend the event. They will honor former Baltimore Raven Priest Holmes and his mother, Norma Morris, with the Sonya Award, which is named for Benjamin Carson's mother.
Cockeysville Middle opens environmental study area
COCKEYSVILLE -- Cockeysville Middle School will open its Environmental Study Area with a ceremony at 10 a.m. today on the school campus, 10401 Greenside Drive.
The study area, a model of urban stream and forest environment, is the result of two years of work by pupils, staff and parents. It features 500 feet of trail, a pond, a model wetland and 350 native trees and shrubs.
In Baltimore City
Commander seeks change from Western District job
In a highly unusual request, the Western District commander has asked police Commissioner Edward T. Norris to demote her to lieutenant and assign her to another job.
Major Paula T. Johnson, who was named commander in October, did not give any reasons in the letter she sent this week, police sources said. They said she has indicated that the job might be too stressful. Ragina C. Averella, the department's director of public information, confirmed Johnson's request but declined to elaborate, saying that she could "not discuss personnel matters."
Reached at home, Johnson declined to comment yesterday. She commands a district that is the city's smallest in area but has one of the highest crime rates.
Help sought to identify woman found unconscious
The Baltimore City Department of Social Services is requesting the public's assistance in identifying a woman found unconscious with a head injury almost two weeks ago on an East Baltimore street and who remains so at a local hospital.
Sue Fitzsimmons, agency spokeswoman, described the woman as white with red hair and blue eyes and a tattoo, "Property of Ken Hatfield." She said the woman was found about 5 a.m. May 6 in the 900 block of S. Dean St.
Fitzsimmons said no missing person's report fits the woman's description and police fingerprints have yielded no match. Anyone who may know the woman's identity is urged to call the agency's Screening Unit at 410-361-2235.
Hearing, speech agency to provide free evaluations
The Hearing and Speech Agency, 2220 St. Paul St., will provide free hearing evaluations as part of its 75th anniversary open house from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
No reservation is necessary but preference will be given to those who have scheduled a hearing evaluation by calling 410-243-3800, or TTY 410-243-1276.