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In Baltimore City

Police seek youth in attempted murder of 15-year-old boy

A 16-year-old boy who has spent time in an adult jail because he gave a false name and age to authorities is being sought by police on a charge of attempted murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy in Northwest Baltimore last month.

Laron Griffin of the 1600 block of Division St. is accused of shooting the younger boy in the 500 block of Wilson St., police said.

Griffin has been arrested nine times as an adult because he gave authorities a fake name, Shawn Smith, and said he was born in 1982, police said. Most of those charges were dropped, records show, though he spent several months at the city jail last year after an auto theft conviction, records show.

Griffin is believed to frequent the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Pennsylvania Ave. and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Scott Serio at 410-637-8970 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Man, 34, fatally stabbed in Northwest Baltimore

A 34-year-old man was fatally stabbed late Tuesday in Northwest Baltimore, police said yesterday.

Police identified the victim as Kenneth Floyd Louis Christian of the 2800 block of Reisterstown Road. They said Christian approached a bystander in the block where he lived about 10:30 p.m., saying he had been stabbed.

He died about an hour later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Marker honoring Douglass to be unveiled today

A ceremony to unveil a historic marker honoring Frederick Douglass will take place at 11 a.m. today at Broadway and Thames Street in Fells Point.

Mayor Martin O'Malley is scheduled to join in the ceremony honoring Douglass, who was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore as Frederick Bailey and came to Baltimore as a slave at age 8. He remained a slave until 1838, when he escaped by train to Philadelphia.

Douglass spent nearly 10 years in Fells Point before he escaped from slavery and became one of the 19th century's most prominent human and civil rights activists. The abolitionist's great-great-grandson, Frederick Douglass IV, is expected to attend the ceremony.

Louis C. Fields, director of the African American Tourism Council of Maryland and creator of the Frederick Douglass "Path to Freedom" Walking Tour of Historic Fells Point, lobbied state and local officials for funding for the marker. Plans have also begun for a museum, dedicated in part to Douglass.

In Baltimore County

Financial professionals sought for planning classes

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Department of Aging is seeking financial professionals to conduct seminars on the importance of preparing for a financially secure retirement.

Free training sessions will be held March 5 in Dundalk and March 21 in Towson. Participants must bring copies of their financial certification licenses and will be required to sign a nonsolicitation agreement. Walk-in registrants are welcome.

The seminars, part of a program called "The Times, They Have Changed," will focus on financial planning and issues faced by those caring for the elderly. Information: 410-887-2002.

Essex PAL center offering health care opens Monday

ESSEX -- Baltimore County will open a new Police Athletic League center Monday at Mars Estates Elementary School.

The center will be the first in the county to include a wellness center where doctors and county health workers will offer children physical examinations, evaluations of chronic and acute illnesses, and referrals for specialty care.

County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan are expected at the opening, which begins at 2 p.m. at the school, 1498 Homberg Ave.

Republican candidate to speak in Woodlawn

WOODLAWN -- County executive candidate Douglas B. Riley, a Towson Republican, will speak at the Woodlawn Community Council's meeting at 7 p.m. March 1 in the cafeteria of Woodlawn High School, 1801 Woodlawn Drive.

Information: 410-298-5307.

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