In Baltimore City
School board names Mount Royal educator teacher of the year
Linda Eberhart, a fifth-grade teacher at Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School, was recognized as teacher of the year at last night's city school board meeting.
Eberhart's pupils have had the highest math scores of any fifth-graders in the state for the past two years, and she has developed math programs that are used in other city schools.
The board gave Eberhart $1,000 to buy materials for her classroom and a choice of several vacation packages. She is a candidate for the Maryland teacher of the year award.
Groups sponsoring hearing on increased utility costs
Consumers concerned about rising utility costs are invited to a hearing at 7 o'clock tonight sponsored by the Committee to Stop High Gas & Electric Bills and the All People's Congress at the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St.
Community leaders and representatives from the Maryland Public Service Commission are expected to attend. Organizers said they expect to hear testimony about billing problems, rate increases and problems with the state's energy assistance program.
Ice manufacturing plant damaged in two-alarm fire
A two-alarm fire damaged a West Baltimore ice manufacturing plant yesterday and sent a firefighter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center after he suffered dizziness, nausea and an elevated heart rate, said a Fire Department spokesman. The firefighter's condition was not known.
The fire at Baltimore American Ice Co., 2100 W. Franklin St., was reported at 6:28 p.m. and brought under control at 8:03 p.m., said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres. He said it caused heavy damage to the rear of the brick and corrugated iron building and sent flames through the roof.
Torres said ammonia, which is used in the ice-making process, leaked from pipes during the fire, but the leak was brought under control without any threat to the environment. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Police charge city man in fatal shooting last week
Police said yesterday that they have arrested a man in the shooting death of an Owings Mills man and the wounding of a second man last week in East Baltimore.
Donnell Mann, 21, of the 300 block of N. Ellwood Ave. in East Baltimore was arrested Monday at home in the Patterson Place community near Patterson Park, police said. Mann was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the death of Vaughn Daniels, 25, of the 4800 block of Dromoland Court. Daniels was shot about 1:20 a.m. May 16 in the 3300 block of Noble St. and died a short time later.
Police also charged Mann in the wounding of Mark H. Curbeam, 22, of the 5400 block of Seward Ave. in the same incident. Curbeam was shot in the right arm. He was treated at Hopkins and released.
Three agencies to inspect child car safety seats free
The city fire, health and police departments will conduct free inspections of child car safety seats from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Oldtown Fire Station, 1100 Hillen St.
The inspections are being done in conjunction with the Baltimore Safe Kids Coalition. Seats will be checked for installation, fit and manufacturer's recalls.
Reservations are recommended. Call the Fire Department's medical bureau at 410-396-3090.
In Baltimore County
Power outage closes campus for 6 1/2 hours
DUNDALK - The Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County was closed yesterday for 6 1/2 hours after the college lost electrical power.
The campus closed at 10:30 a.m. and reopened at 5 p.m., according to a recorded message on the campus' answering machine.
A spokeswoman for Baltimore Gas and Electric said the college lost power from 9:50 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. while crews repaired a broken utility pole on Silo Road.
Hannah More students work for skating safety
REISTERSTOWN - Students at Hannah More School donated 150 plastic helmets to pupils at Reisterstown Elementary School yesterday.
Hannah More students received the helmets from the American Plastics Council as a reward for recent work at the State House in Annapolis.
Hannah More students played an integral role in passage of a law requiring children age 16 and younger to wear a helmet when using in-line skates or scooters.
Physical exams available for high school athletes
TOWSON - Physicians with the Baltimore County Medical Association will give preseason sports physicals for interscholastic high school student athletes before the end of the school year.
The examinations are free, but a $10 donation will be requested for first-aid supplies for the school athletic department. Students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Physicals will be given from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on these dates: May 31, Eastern Technical High School, 410-887-0201; June 5, Milford Mill Academy, 410-887-0666; and June 7, Dundalk High School, 410-887- 7288.