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City man admits shooting officer during cousin's arrest

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A Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday in city Circuit Court to shooting and wounding police Officer Christopher Houser in the shoulder last year as Houser arrested the teen's cousin on drug charges.

Neil Glover, 19, of the 2000 block of N. Fulton Ave. pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and distribution of heroin, said Assistant State's Attorney Twila Driggins, who prosecuted the case. According to Glover's plea agreement, he will be sentenced to life in prison with all but 40 years suspended Sept. 25.

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Police also charged his cousin, Elliott Reed, 19, of the 3600 block of W. Belvedere Ave., with the crime. His trial is scheduled to begin today. Houser was shot July 2 last year in the 3500 block of W. Belvedere Ave. as he and other police were conducting a drug raid. Houser is still recovering from his injuries.

Unidentified man is city's 188th homicide of the year

An unidentified man shot late Tuesday in West Baltimore died early yesterday after he was driven to a city hospital by a bystander, police said.

The shooting occurred about 9:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of W. North Ave., police said. The victim suffered several gunshot wounds and died about 12:40 a.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The man was the 188th homicide of the year -- 17 more than recorded during the same period last year, police said.

The city has experienced a decrease in killings since mid-July, when it was on pace to have nearly 300 homicides. In the past 50 days, the city has recorded 28 killings, reducing the projection for the year to 278, which is above last year's total of 253. Anyone with information about the killing is urged to call detectives at 410-396-2100.

Filmmakers to speak at Bryn Mawr convocation

Two Bryn Mawr School alumnae and documentary filmmakers, Elizabeth Holder and Xan Parker, will be guest speakers at the upper school convocation at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow as part of the opening of an Artists in the Family exhibit on the North Baltimore campus.

Holder and Parker, of New York, will spend the day as artists-in-residence in conjunction with the school screening of their film, Risk/Reward: Tales of Women on Wall Street. The documentary was shown before a sold-out audience this summer at the Maryland Film Festival.

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The art exhibit, which runs through Sept. 30, will be open from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. tomorrow in the school's Mildred Natwick Lobby and in the gallery space in Centennial Hall. Other artists exhibiting include alumnae Liz Barr, Meika Fields and Wiena Lin, and parents Adam Gross, Kelly Gavin Brooks and David Little.

In Baltimore County

Ridgely Middle closes early due to power outage

LUTHERVILLE -- Ridgely Middle School closed an hour and 45 minutes early yesterday because of a power outage.

A fallen tree limb caused the school to lose electricity just after 10 a.m. As much as possible, children stayed in areas that remained lighted by the school's emergency generator, school system spokesman Charles Herndon said.

Power was restored just as the pupils were leaving, at 1 p.m. Classes, which normally let out at 2:45 p.m., are expected to resume today.

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8 business groups receive grants to spruce up areas

TOWSON -- Eight business organizations have been awarded more than $45,000 in grants from Baltimore County to improve aging commercial areas.

The organizations are the Arbutus Business and Professional Association; the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce; the Essex Business and Professional Association; the Overlea-Fullerton Business and Professional Association; the Parkville Business and Professional Association; the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce; the Towson Business Association; and the Woodlawn Business and Professional Association.

The organizations will use the money for projects such as landscaping, Web design, trash receptacles and to sponsor a business open house.

Watersedge Fall Festival runs today through Sunday

DUNDALK -- The annual Watersedge Fall Festival opens at 6 p.m. today in Watersedge Water Front Park.

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The festival, which lasts until Sunday, will feature carnival rides, arts and crafts, food, car and boat shows, and live music. Proceeds will go to Watersedge Recreation Council programs.

The festival runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. The park is at the end of Dundalk Avenue. Admission and parking are free. Information: 410-282-4972.


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