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In Baltimore City

Anne Arundel priest will be ordained auxiliary bishop


The Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park, will be ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore at 2 p.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

At the ceremony, Cardinal William H. Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore, also will appoint Rozanski to the position of eastern vicar, in which he will oversee approximately 300,000 Catholics in 60 parishes in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Harford counties.


The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen is at 5200 N. Charles Street. Admission is by ticket only through local parishes.

Mother, 2 girls hospitalized after shooting in their home

A mother and her two teenage daughters were shot and seriously wounded early yesterday in their Northeast Baltimore home, city police said.

Officers arriving at the house in the 2200 block of Pentland Drive, in response to a 911 call reporting a shooting shortly before 2 a.m., found the victims - Tammy Johnson, 36, Cierra Johnson, 14, and Shatera Brooks, 16 - in an upstairs bedroom. All had gunshot wounds in the head and chest, said Agent Troy Harris, a city police spokesman.

The victims were taken to two area hospitals, which Harris declined to name out of concern for the victims' safety. Tammy Johnson and Cierra Johnson were reported in serious condition and Brooks was in critical condition, Harris said.

Police said the shootings appear to be the result of a domestic dispute and were seeking a male suspect believed to have known the victims.

Man, 19, pleads guilty in fatal shooting spree

A 19-year-old Northeast Baltimore man pleaded guilty in city Circuit Court yesterday to various charges in connection with an eight-day crime spree in which he used a sawed-off shotgun to commit second-degree murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.


Melvin Cureton of the 5200 block of Anthony Ave. was sentenced to 53 years in prison, with all but 40 years suspended.

His spree began Jan. 22, 2003, when he robbed a Papa John's deliveryman of a pizza and $50. On Jan. 28, he shot a man in the head and wounded him. And two days later, Cureton sold a man crack cocaine, then became angry and fatally shot the man. Robert Coletrain, 39, died shortly after the shooting.

Forum set tomorrow to discuss crisis in Sudan

The Baltimore Ad Hoc Committee to End the Starvation & Genocide in Sudan will hold a community forum tomorrow evening.

The forum will feature several speakers on Sudan, including Emira Woods, co-director of foreign policy for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington. Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed in Sudan's western region of Darfur. Arab militias - which the United States and United Nations accuse the Sudanese government of supporting - have been killing black villagers.

The forum will be at 7 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave. After the presentation, there will be an audience discussion.


In Baltimore County

Towson University to hold homeland security lectures

TOWSON - Towson University has established a distinguished speaker series in homeland security, endowed by retired Marine Col. Edward V. Badolato, a Towson alumnus, the university has announced.

The lectures will begin in the fall and are intended to provide students and the community with access to people who influence national security decisions. Badolato, who is executive vice president for homeland security for the Shaw Group in Washington, is scheduled to be the first speaker.

"Colonel Badolato has more than 30 years of experience in security operations and contingency planning and is considered one of the true experts in applied homeland security techniques," said James P. Clements, Towson University's vice president for economic and community outreach, in a statement announcing the gift.

Police offer safety tips for parents, children


TOWSON - With the opening of schools set for Monday, Baltimore County police are offering safety reminders to parents and children:

Beware of putting your child's name on anything that is readily visible. This might allow a potential abductor to get on a first-name basis with your child and develop a sense of trust.

Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out safe places to go if they are being followed or need help. Talk with your children about strangers approaching them along the route and suggest some of the ploys they might use. Stress to them that adults shouldn't need a child's help to find a puppy or to get directions.