Middle River man charged in stabbing
A Middle River man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in the stabbing of a Sun newspaper deliveryman, county police said yesterday.
Robert Wesley Heier, 39, of the first block of Wilbur Road is accused of attacking William Shull, 64, of the 1500 block of Hopewell Ave., police said.
Shull was stabbed about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday in an attempted robbery while he was delivering newspapers in the first block of Stemmers Run Road, police said.
Heier was found 30 minutes later hiding in a boat on a trailer in the 1500 block of Old Eastern Ave., police said. He was denied bail and was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and attempted armed robbery, police said.
Shull was in fair condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, hospital officials said.
Help sought in identifying body
Baltimore County police asked for the public's help yesterday in identifying a body found in Owings Mills.
Two children who were walking in a wooded area about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday found the body along Tollgate Road near Hewitt Farms Road, police said.
The body is thought to be that of a white woman, age 40 to 60, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a medium build, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.
8 meet criteria for 'Newsweek' honor
Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. recognized yesterday eight county high schools that school officials said met criteria to be ranked among the top 1,200 nationwide by Newsweek magazine.
The magazine's Best American High Schools list, released last month, ranked Pikesville High School 158th, its Web site said. Five other county schools - Carver Center for Arts and Technology and Catonsville, Dulaney, Hereford and Towson high schools - were listed.
Newsweek ranks schools by dividing the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate examinations taken by students at a school by the number of 12th-graders graduating that year.
On that basis, Franklin and Loch Raven high schools, should also be included on the list, said county school system spokeswoman Kara Calder.
Officer given Optimist award
A patrol officer on the midnight shift has been named the Dundalk Optimist Club's officer of the year.
Officer Daniel Topper, whose patrol area includes the Dundalk Avenue and Yorkway areas of the North Point Precinct, received $1,000 from the club. Officer Thomas Morehouse, the second-place winner, and Officer Marianne Snyder, the third-place winner, received $100 each.
Truckers' event is tomorrow
Truck drivers will test their professional skills and knowledge of safety regulations at the annual Maryland State Truck Driving Championships from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the state fairgrounds in Timonium.
More than 150 drivers are to compete in 12 classes, including dump trucks, concrete mixers, flatbed trucks and five-axle semi-trailers. First-place winners will participate in a national competition in August in New Orleans.
School board to meet Tuesday
The county Board of Education will hold its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the ESS Building, Room 114, on the Greenwood Campus, 6901 Charles St. in Towson.
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