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Woman with knives shot by police officer

Baltimore County police shot a woman who charged an officer yesterday while she was holding knives in a house in Essex, authorities said.

The woman was shot at least once in the shoulder and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman.

Police officers were investigating a report of a suicidal woman at a house in the 800 block of Brunswick Road about 1 p.m., Hill said. At least one officer entered the house, and a woman holding knives charged the officer, Hill said.

The officer fired at least one shot, striking the woman in the shoulder, Hill said.

A neighbor, Donald Norman, 43, said he was watching television when he heard shots.

"I heard three quick [shots] -- bang, bang, bang," he said. "I looked out the window and saw all kinds of cops."

He said that shortly thereafter, he saw a woman being brought out on a stretcher.

Police had not identified the woman as of last night, authorities said.

Nick Shields


Suspect sought in kidnapping, rape

Baltimore County police are searching for a suspect in the kidnapping and rape of a 13-year-old girl in January.

A warrant has been issued for Jose Elder Montufar, 28, in the Jan. 27 incident.

According to police, the girl was at home with her younger brother in the Govans area of Baltimore while their mother was at the store. Montufar, a family acquaintance, is accused of grabbing the girl when she answered a knock at the door, putting her in his car and taking her to his apartment, police said.

The girl told police that she fell asleep while locked inside the apartment. After falling asleep, the girl was sexually assaulted and raped, police said.

Meanwhile, according to police, the girl's mother was looking for her and learned that she might be with Montufar.

Officers found the girl in the apartment the next morning. Police said they were not told about kidnapping or rape until later that day, after the girl told her mother what happened.

Police have been unable to find Montufar since the alleged incident.

Anyone with information about Montufar's whereabouts is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587).

Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Discussion of statewide smoking ban

The Central Baltimore County Democratic Club will host a discussion on the question "Should Maryland be Smoke-Free?" at its monthly meeting Tuesday at the East Towson Community Center.

The discussion had originally been planned for Feb. 13, but was canceled because of inclement weather.

Tara Andrews, director of advocacy for the American Lung Association of Maryland, and Melvin R. Thompson, vice president of government relations for the Restaurant Association of Maryland, will present opposing views on issues concerning smoking, including smoke-free restaurants and the tobacco tax, said club President Margie Brassil.

The East Towson Community Center is at 300 Lennox Ave. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Model U.N. at Towson University

More than 100 Baltimore County public school students will participate in the annual Model United Nations conference from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the University Union at Towson University, 8000 York Road.

Students from Catonsville, Eastern Tech, Franklin, Kenwood, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, Overlea and Towson high schools will play the roles of representatives from more than 40 countries as they propose global actions to deal with the international issue of genocide.

'Guy and Dolls' at Blakefield

The Loyola Blakefield Players will present its spring musical, Guys and Dolls, in the Mary G. Creaghan Library on the Loyola Blakefield campus, 500 Chestnut Ave., Towson.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday and March 15, 16 and 17, with a matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 general admission and can be purchased from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Loyola School Store in Knot Hall on the campus.

Loyola Blakefield senior James Lobo will play high-roller Sky Masterson, who seeks the heart of Mission Doll Sarah Brown, played by Notre Dame Prep junior Molly Dillon.

The 44-member cast includes female students from Notre Dame Preparatory School, Mercy High School and the Bryn Mawr School.

Information: 443-841-3224.


Presentation on genealogy

"Getting to Know Your Ancestors" will be the topic of a presentation by Dan Shanahan, vice president of the Baltimore County Genealogy Society.

The presentation, scheduled for 10 a.m. March 15 at the Historical Society of Baltimore County, is free and open to the public. The historical society's address is 9811 Van Buren Lane, Cockeysville.

For information: 410-666-1876.

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