In Baltimore County

FBI seeking man, 2 women in series of bank robberies


WOODLAWN -- The FBI is investigating a series of armed bank robberies in Baltimore County involving at least one young male robber accompanied by two young women, a relative rarity in bank robberies, officials said.

The robbers are believed to be responsible for three holdups -- July 23 at the First Mariner branch on Painters Mill Road in Owings Mills; Aug. 12 at the Wachovia branch in the 1700 block of York Road in Timonium; and Wednesday at an M&T; branch in the 9800 block of Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills.


The FBI said the robbers wore ski masks and latex gloves to conceal their identities, and at least one carried a handgun in each holdup. The FBI asked anyone with information to call 410-265-8080.

School board to discuss superintendent's contract

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County school board is scheduled to meet in closed session at 6:30 tonight to discuss Superintendent Joe A. Hairston's contract.

The board will meet at the Greenwood Campus, Administration Building, Boardroom A. Because the session involves a personnel matter, it will not be open to the public, school officials said.

Final action on the contract will occur at a future board meeting, which will be open to the public. Hairston has one year left on his four-year contract.

Volunteer advocates needed to help neglected children

TOWSON -- CASA of Baltimore County seeks volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children.

Volunteers are trained to work with children, their families and the courts to ensure that children are safe and receiving appropriate services.


Potential volunteers must be age 21, pass a background check and complete 30 hours of pre-service training. Male volunteers and people fluent in Spanish especially are needed. The next class begins late next month. Information: 410-828-0515.

In Baltimore City

City man, 31, convicted in 2001 fatal shooting

A 31-year-old Baltimore man was convicted yesterday in city Circuit Court of first-degree murder in connection with the 2001 shooting death of a worker at the Stop & Go Food Mart in Southwest Baltimore, prosecutors said.

On Jan. 7, 2001, Jermaine Marshall of the 1400 block of Ward St. walked into the store in the 700 block of Washington Blvd. and robbed workers Kashmir Singh and Varinder Singh at gunpoint, prosecutors said. He took money from the cash register, then shot Varinder Singh in the neck, killing him, said Assistant State's Attorney Samuel Yee.

Marshall's sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 26. He is also awaiting trial for a similar armed robbery on Jan. 1, 2001, at a Save-A-Lot store, also in the 700 block of Washington Blvd., court records show.


Black police officers group endorses O'Malley and Pugh

The Vanguard Justice Society, an advocacy group for minority officers in the Baltimore Police Department, endorsed yesterday City Councilwoman Catherine Pugh for City Council president and Mayor Martin O'Malley for re-election in the Sept. 9 primary. The endorsements were announced during a news conference outside the organization's offices at 4800 Reisterstown Road.

Although Vanguard did not endorse O'Malley in 1999, it decided to back him for re-election because he has listened to the group's concerns as the department's record for hiring and promoting minority officers has improved, said Officer Jeffrey D. Redd, organization president.

Vanguard, which has about 600 members, endorsed Pugh instead of incumbent Sheila Dixon because the organization believes Pugh is "pro-police," supports the promotion of minorities within the Police Department and has a solid plan for improving education, Redd said.

O'Malley administration to hold public meeting

The public will have an opportunity to present concerns to top city officials at a meeting being held tonight at Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane.


Mayor Martin O'Malley will be accompanied by members of his Cabinet at the session, scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.