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In Baltimore City

Grand jury indicts man in the death of his infant daughter

A Baltimore man who told police his 2-month-old daughter was kidnapped last month -- triggering Maryland's first child Amber Alert -- was indicted yesterday in connection with her death, the city state's attorney's office announced.

Kenneth Gabriel Jenkins Jr., 20, of the 2500 block of Francis St. was indicted by a city grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse. The body of his daughter, A'shia Monique Jenkins, has not been found.

The indictment also charges Jenkins with making a false statement. Police said he initially told detectives that his daughter was kidnapped. An arraignment is scheduled June 6 before Judge Paul A. Smith.

Large hole on Russell St. closes 2 southbound lanes

A large hole has closed two southbound lanes of Russell Street in South Baltimore, reducing the road to one lane, an Office of Transportation spokeswoman said yesterday.

A motorist discovered the 4-by-7-foot hole on Russell Street between Interstate 95 and the Westport exit of Interstate 295 shortly before 8:45 a.m., yesterday.

Transportation crews were working to repair the hole but it was unclear how long the lane restrictions would continue, spokeswoman Kathy Chopper said.

Drug-treatment issues subject of City Hall hearing

The City Council committee that studies housing, health and human services will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss alternatives to federal drug enforcement policies. Health professionals and community activists are expected to attend a 5 p.m. City Hall hearing meant to spur dialogue on providing treatment for nonviolent drug offenders rather than sending them to prison.

The committee also will discuss, according to the council agenda, "the viability of a society where ... individuals have the freedom to choose an addicted lifestyle, and drugs are provided by medical professionals for use in restricted geographical areas."

"It's a humane alternative to the incarceration of the entire drug-using community," said City Councilman Kwame Osayaba Abayomi.

Police to demonstrate training in deadly force

Members of Baltimore's clergy, business community and neighborhood associations will get a firsthand look today at how city police officers are trained in the use of deadly force.

The demonstration, from 10 a.m. to noon at the city's police range in Baltimore County, will feature a firearms simulator that mimics conditions police face on the street.

"Participants will experience the split-second decisions officers face when confronting deadly force situations," said department spokeswoman Ragina C. Averella. Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark will be host of the session.

In Baltimore County

Teen remains at hospital after shooting at party

TOWSON -- An Randallstown teen was in critical but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after being shot in the face early Sunday during a party at a Catonsville motel, Baltimore County police said.

Angela Brailford, 18, of the 5400 block of Old Court Road was celebrating her birthday at the Comfort Inn in the 5800 block of Baltimore National Pike when a man fired into a crowd of people and hit her, police said. No arrests have been made, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

College Savings Plans reschedules parent meetings

TOWSON -- The College Savings Plans of Maryland program has rescheduled parent information meetings that were canceled because of snow.

Meetings will be held tomorrow at Franklin Middle School, 10 Cockeys Mill Road, and Southwest Academy, 6200 Johnnycake Road; March 18 at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, 4300 Bedford Road; and March 24 at Hereford Middle School, 712 Corbett Road. All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

The meetings provide parents of children in 10th grade or younger with college information and application materials. The state program includes the Maryland Prepaid College Trust, the Maryland College Investment Plan and other options that are designed to make college more affordable. Information: 888-463-4723 or

Beth Tfiloh students to perform 'Les Miserables'

PIKESVILLE -- Beth Tfiloh Community High School will present Les Miserables tonight, Thursday and Sunday in the Mintzes Theatre on the school campus, 3300 Old Court Road.

The cast will consist entirely of students, primarily in grades nine through 12, with the roles of younger children being performed by lower-school pupils.

The show will be performed at 7 p.m. today and Thursday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-486-8991, Ext. 471.

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