In Baltimore County

Ex-police officer accused of molesting 2 girls at his home

TOWSON - A former Baltimore County police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting two children at his home last summer, county police said yesterday.

Kevin Douglas Strack, 39, whose last known address was in the 600 block of St. Georges Station Road in Reisterstown, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of a third- degree sex offense, police said. He was released after posting $50,000 bail. Strack was with the department 16 years before resigning June 21, 2001.

Police said they received information Feb. 16 that a 10-year-old and a 9-year-old were molested last summer when the girls spent the night at Strack's house with his two daughters. Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 410-853-3650.

Hearing Monday to discuss New Town High boundaries

RANDALLSTOWN - The Baltimore County school board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday at Deer Park Magnet Middle School on proposed enrollment boundaries for New Town High School.

New Town, in fast-growing Owings Mills, is the first new high school in the county in 25 years. Proposed boundaries were presented to the board Feb. 26.

Deer Park school is at 9830 Winands Road in Randallstown.

Memorial benefit concert set Thursday at Perry Hall

PERRY HALL - The 10th anniversary John Joseph DiLutis Memorial Concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Perry Hall High School auditorium. Proceeds will fund a scholarship awarded to seniors who plan to pursue music as a college major or minor.

The annual concert is in honor of John J. DiLutis Jr., a trombonist and Perry Hall graduate who died in 1993 at age 26, shortly after his music career began. His brother Robert DiLutis, a clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic, will perform Thursday and offer a master class at 6 p.m.

The concert will feature performances by the school's symphony orchestra and symphonic winds. Tickets are $5 and $3 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door. Information: 410-887-5108.

In Baltimore City

Man fatally shot in car in restaurant's parking lot

A 22-year-old man was fatally shot in the back seat of a car in a parking lot of a downtown Baltimore restaurant early Monday, police said yesterday.

Craig Dion Cooley, of no known address, was shot about 2:30 a.m. as he sat in the rear of a friend's Honda in the parking lot of the Upper Deck Restaurant in the first block of S. Eutaw St., police said.

The friend, whom police did not identify, heard the gunshots and noticed his friend slumped in the back of the car. Police said the friend took Cooley to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Cooley died about 12 hours later. Anyone with information is urged to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

Grand jury indicts woman in scalding death of son, 5

A Baltimore grand jury indicted a 23-year-old woman yesterday on charges of first-degree murder in the scalding of her 5-year-old son.

Sheila Avery of the 600 block of N. Monroe St. is accused of putting her son, Travon Morris, into a bathtub filled with hot water Jan. 5. Travon suffered first- and second-degree burns over 50 percent of his body and died Feb. 15 at the University of Maryland Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where he had been in critical condition.

Her arraignment is scheduled for April 25 before Baltimore Circuit Judge Paul A. Smith.

Special Olympics schedules speed skating tournament

The Baltimore City Special Olympics Speed Skating Tournament will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Pleasant Ice Arena, 6101 Hillen Road.

More than 200 people will compete for medals in 300-meter, 100-meter, 50-meter and 10-meter races. Admission Baltimore public schools, the ice arena, Ferris, Baker Watts Inc. and Alcala Caravan #16, Order of the Alhambra , are sponsoring the 15th annual event. Information: 410-396-8904.

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