Regional Digest


In Baltimore City

Bail set for man, 60, charged in shooting of 3 youths in July

A Baltimore man charged with shooting three youths who would not move off his front steps was granted $500,000 bail by a Circuit Court Judge Alfred Nance yesterday.

William Banks, 60, had been denied bail twice by a District Court judge, and has been in jail since his arrest July 28. Banks' lawyer, Murray M. Blum, said his client will attempt to post the bail.

Banks, of the 100 block of N. Decker Ave., is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of the youths, ages 11, 15 and 18.

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to child sexual abuse

A teacher who was fired from his job at a Baltimore Catholic girls' high school in May pleaded guilty yesterday to child sexual abuse in connection with his relationship with a 15-year-old student, according to the Baltimore state's attorney's office.

Troy Hernandez, 24, of the 3500 block of Rosekemp Ave., received a 10-year suspended jail sentence with five years' probation, prosecutors said. He must not have unsupervised contact with a child under 18, and must register as a sex offender.

Police investigate fatal shooting of man

An unidentified man was fatally shot yesterday afternoon in the 4400 block of Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

The victim was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he died at 4:16 p.m., police said.

No arrests have been made. Police are asking anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 410-396-2100.

Prescription-drug plan too costly, Ehrlich says

Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said yesterday he believes plans to help seniors and the uninsured pay for prescription drugs are "a federal issue."

During a speech at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, the Republican candidate for governor said "a federal fix" is needed because the state will never be able to afford it. Several prescription drug plans pending in Congress are stalled because of differences between Republicans and Democrats.

Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has a proposal that would let up to 200,000 Maryland residents buy prescription drugs at a discount.

Part of JFX to be closed temporarily tomorrow

The northbound lanes of the Jones Falls Expressway between Fayette and 28th streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow for the fifth Jones Falls Valley Celebration, Baltimore's Office of Transportation announced. Detour routes will be posted, and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

The annual event allows participants to walk, jog, bicycle or skate along the closed-to-traffic lanes to celebrate the blend of city and wilderness.

In Baltimore County

Bail set at $500,000 for suspect in May killing

TOWSON - The fatal shooting in May of a Baltimore man whose body was dumped along Pulaski Highway near Middle River was part of a city drug war that had spilled into the county, a Baltimore County prosecutor said in Circuit Court yesterday.

John C. Wood, 29, of the 600 block of Cator Ave. in Ednor Gardens was arrested this week and charged with murdering Neil Otis Stockhausen, 34, of the 600 block of E. 41st St., in the Pen Lucy neighborhood of Baltimore.

At yesterday's bail hearing, the prosecutor said state witnesses would be in danger if Wood were released. Judge John G. Turnbull set bail at $500,000.

In Carroll County

Union of school employees ratifies two-year contract

WESTMINSTER - More than seven months after beginning contract negotiations with the Carroll County school board, the union representing 500 public school nurses, secretaries and instructional assistants has ratified its contract.

A majority of members of the Carroll Association of School Employees agreed to a 4 percent raise over the next two years and to pay a greater share of their health insurance premiums.

CASE is the last of five unions of Carroll school employees to settle a long-simmering contract dispute with the school board.

In Harford County

Arson ruled cause of fire at apartment building

EDGEWOOD - Deputy state fire marshals and agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have determined that arson was the cause of a four-alarm fire that destroyed a vacant apartment building early Thursday.

The blaze, which began about 3:50 a.m., was confined to the two-story building, part of an empty complex in the 6500 block of Hawthorne Drive that recently was turned over to Harford County government by Aberdeen Proving Ground.

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