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Teen charged as adult in stabbing near school

A 14-year-old South Baltimore girl was arrested and charged as an adult with a stabbing yesterday afternoon that left another girl in critical condition, police said.

The victim, Shatina Quinn, 15, whose address was not released, was walking with another girl in the 3800 block of St. Margaret St. about 3 p.m. when she was attacked by another teenager who stabbed her at least once in the chest and fled, police said.

The incident occurred a block from Benjamin Franklin Middle School, but it was not known if the girls were students there, police said.

Quinn was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was in critical condition last night, police said.

More than five hours after the attack, the suspect was found in a vacant house in the 4100 block of West Bay Court, police said.

Arrested was Keyona Dillon of the 900 block of Stoll St., who police said was charged as an adult with first-degree assault after consultation with the state's attorney's office and jailed at Central Booking and Intake Center.

- Richard Irwin

BALTIMORE

Inmate who died had sought OK to take walk, lawyer says

Inmate Raymond K. Smoot was trying to talk a guard into letting him make up for missed exercise time in the moments before a fatal altercation with officers, an attorney representing his family says.

Attorney A. Dwight Pettit has interviewed witnesses to the May 14 incident at the state-run Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center as part of a wrongful-death lawsuit he plans to file against the state.

An internal investigation by the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is in its third week, and six correctional officers remain on paid administrative leave. The department has declined to comment in detail about the probe. The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation.

Smoot, 51, had missed a scheduled walk and was trying to get permission to go with another group, Pettit said. According to the lawyer, when a guard told Smoot to go back into his cell, the cell door jammed, and when it opened an officer started to push Smoot, who put his hands up in a defensive manner. "I'm told there was absolutely no blow being thrown by him," he said.

Smoot and the officer fell down, triggering an alert that brought officers pouring into the area, and officers started beating him, Pettit said.

-- Associated Press

BALTIMORE

Repairs will close ramp from Russell St. to I-95

The entrance ramp from Russell Street onto Interstate 95 south will close at 10 tonight for almost two weeks of repair work.

The repairs are expected to keep the entrance ramp closed through 5 a.m. June 13.

Motorists seeking access to I-95 south will be directed to continue south along Russell Street onto Route 295, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. The detour will lead them to Exit 7 onto I-695, the Baltimore Beltway, and then west along I-695 until they can pick up I-95 south at Exit 11.

HOWARD COUNTY

High school teacher accused of selling drugs

A Hammond High School English teacher was arrested yesterday on charges that he sold marijuana to a student who attends the school, Howard County police said.

Fred L. Davis, 25, of the 9000 block of Thamesmeade Road in Laurel - who was arrested Friday on drug possession charges - is accused of drug distribution, conspiracy to distribute drugs and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

As of yesterday evening, Davis remained at the Howard County Detention Center.

Davis, a graduate of Towson University and a first-year teacher at the Columbia high school, has been placed on administrative leave with pay, said Patti Caplan, the school system's spokeswoman.

Police said an investigation began early last month after a parent complained about finding Internet correspondence between Davis and a student mentioning drugs.

A search of Davis' home Friday found a bag of marijuana on a coffee table and drug paraphernalia, according to a court document.

Pfc. Jennifer Reidy said drugs were not sold on school property.

"At this time all we know is there is one student, and we are investigating to see if other students are involved," Reidy said.

- Tyrone Richardson

ANNAPOLIS

Anne Arundel council passes Owens' $1.3 billion budget

The Anne Arundel County Council yesterday unanimously approved a $1.3 billion budget for fiscal 2006, marking the end of what was considered one of the least-stressful deliberations over spending in years.

The County Council, which can cut from but not add to a county executive's proposed budget, subtracted very little from $1.1 billion in operating expenses and $232 million in capital projects that County Executive Janet S. Owens proposed early last month.

Owens and the seven-member council agreed to the final changes last week, and the spending package was approved on the day before the budget was due. The entire meeting took 19 minutes.

An unanticipated tax-revenue lift from a regionwide real estate boom allowed Owens to propose a budget that addressed dozens of one-time expenses and offered raises to teachers and other county employees without raising the property tax rate.

Among other highlights: a 4 percent raise for teachers; a 3 percent raise, along with merit increases, for county employees; and the creation of an affordable housing program for some county employees.

"This is the least-contentious budget process I've gone through," Owens said of her seventh budget.

- Phillip McGowan

WESTMINSTER

Grant will triple capacity for jet fuel at county airport

Jet fuel storage capacity will triple at the Carroll County Regional Airport by summer's end, county officials said yesterday.

The county commissioners authorized a $150,000 federal aviation grant application, and the grant will pay 95 percent of the costs to purchase, install and connect two 12,000-gallon tanks to the airport system. The new tanks will bring jet fuel storage capacity to 36,000 gallons.

The Federal Aviation Administration will pay the bulk of the costs. The county's 2.5 percent share will be $3,948, officials said. The Maryland Aviation Administration will pay the remaining $3,947.

Jet fuel sales, which generate revenue for the county, have increased 50 percent this fiscal year to more than 600,000 gallons. The 2005 fiscal year ends June 30, county officials said

The airport on Route 97 north of Westminster has two 12,000-gallon fuel tanks, one for jet fuel and another for the aviation gas used by smaller planes. Sales of aviation gas have declined slightly, probably in response to increased fuel costs, and no more storage capacity is needed, officials said.

"Small planes are reacting to the increases in fuel costs more than the corporate guys," said Gary Horst, who supervises the airport as administrator of the county's Office of Performance Auditing and Special Projects. "Jet gas sales have soared. We used to get three loads delivered a month and now we are getting two or three a week."

Several 8,000-gallon tanker trucks deliver the jet fuel each week to keep the single tank filled.

"Our main concern is that we don't run out of fuel," Horst said. "We definitely need additional storage."

- Mary Gail Hare

LUTHERVILLE

39 high school students win good-citizenship scholarships

The American Students Fund, a Lutherville-based nonprofit organization that promotes good citizenship among teens, has awarded $40,000 in scholarships to 39 students at Dunbar High School in Baltimore and Randallstown and Woodlawn high schools in Baltimore County.

In January, students at the three schools developed a list of 13 important character traits, such as responsibility, respect and courage, to represent the 13 victims who died in the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. The scholarships were awarded to students who exhibit the traits chosen by their peers.

The money will be divided among 13 students from each of the three schools. All will receive $1,000 except for Christopher Roberts of Woodlawn High, who will receive $2,000 for his responsibility and determination.

- Sara Neufeld

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