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Board of education approves boundaries for New Town High

TOWSON - The Baltimore County school board approved last night enrollment boundaries recommended by a panel of parents, community activists and educators for New Town High School in Owings Mills, which is the county's first new high school in 25 years and is opening next school year.

The north side of the enrollment boundary runs along Interstate 795 to Red Run Stream and along the northern enrollment boundary of Deer Park Middle Magnet School to the county line; it includes the Village of Mill Run subdivision's 196 undeveloped lots on Pleasant Hill Road.

The western boundary runs south along the county line to Old Court Road, and the southern boundary runs east along Old Court and Granite roads, then veers to the northeast. At Horsehead Branch Stream, it runs east to Interstate 795.

Police searching for man accused in March 14 rape

TOWSON - Baltimore County police are asking for the public's help to find a man accused of first-degree rape.

Police suspect that George B. Spencer, 20, forced an 18-year-old woman walking along Martin Boulevard into his car, drove her to Riverton Road and raped her March 14. Police said Spencer also is known as Miko Spencer. They believe he was driving a dark blue or black two-door Chevrolet Cavalier.

Anyone with information can call police at 410-307-2020, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 - and can remain anonymous.

Indecent exposure charges against attorney put on hold

TOWSON - Prosecutors have agreed to put on hold indefinitely indecent exposure charges against prominent Baltimore County lawyer David C. Daneker, on the condition that he undergo psychiatric evaluation.

Daneker, 61, was accused of exposing himself Thanksgiving morning to a female jogger on the Northern Central Railroad Trail. Although Daneker said he was jogging there that morning, he denied doing so without pants, as the woman claimed. Daneker said she must have mistaken him for someone else.

The charges against Daneker were put on hold, or stetted, last week, according to court papers.

In Baltimore City

Ex-MTA employee pleads guilty in insurance fraud

A former Maryland Transit Administration employee has pleaded guilty in city Circuit Court to nine charges in an insurance fraud scheme that netted $109,000 from the state and private insurers, the attorney general's office said.

The plea was entered Friday by Pauline L. Cole, 40, of the 4000 block of Nicholas Ave., who prosecutors say carried out the scheme over a four-year period with another MTA employee. Fictitious passengers were added to vehicles involved in accidents with MTA buses, creating bogus damage claims in the names of relatives and friends.

Co-defendant Deitra Sharp, 37, of the 2000 block of Edison Highway, who was an adjuster in the MTA's Transit Insurance Group responsible for processing claims, is to be arraignment tomorrow. Prosecutors say the scheme was conducted from 1997 to 2001, with Cole cashing the claim-payment checks provided by Sharp. Both resigned when the thefts were discovered.

Police commissioner to meet with residents this evening

Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark is scheduled to meet with the public at 7 p.m. today at Frederick Douglass High School, 2301 Gwynns Falls Parkway.

Clark wants residents to identify areas needing more police protection and tell him what tactics work. Those who wish to speak are asked to arrive early to sign a list.

Information: Richard Burton, 410-396-1809.

19-year-old fatally shot in house on the west side

A 19-year-old man was fatally shot last night during an incident in a West Baltimore house, and police were interviewing several people at police headquarters. The victim's name was withheld pending notification of family members.

Police responding to a shooting in a house in the 1500 block of Myrtle Ave. about 9 p.m. found the victim, a resident of the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave., lying in the kitchen with a bullet wound in the chest, said Detective Frank Miller. He died a short time later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

In another slaying, police identified Darrell Harris, 20, as the man fatally shot about 7:40 p.m. Monday outside his sister's house in the 3200 block of N. Hilton St. An unknown gunman approached and shot Harris in the head and chest.

Anyone with information about the slayings was urged to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

School system schedules 6 forums on rezoning plans

School officials will hold six regional forums to discuss plans to rezone some schools and add sixth, seventh and eighth grades to several elementaries.

The meetings, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. around the city.

The first forum is scheduled tomorrow at Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane. School officials will discuss plans for Waverly Elementary, Robert Poole Middle School, Mount Washington School, Pimlico Middle, Roland Park Elementary/Middle and Cross Country Elementary.

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