Woodlawn student charged as an adult

A Woodlawn High School student has been charged as an adult with assault in a stabbing this week near a public library, county police said.


Earl Poe, 17, of the first block of Cedar Heights Court was charged with first- and second-degree assault in the stabbing, which occurred during an altercation about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday outside the Woodlawn Library, police said.

Police arrested Poe at the scene and recovered a folding knife, according to court papers.


The victim was identified as Anthony Cooke, but no age or address was given. He was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where he was treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

While investigating the stabbing, police were told that an alleged member of the "Bloods" gang had threatened Poe's mother, according to court records.

Bryant Ross, 19, of the 2900 block of Essex Road told the woman that he would "blow" her house up and "take care of everyone who lived there," according to court records.

Ross was charged with making an arson threat and was being held at the Woodlawn precinct in lieu of $150,000 bail. Poe was released on $5,000 bail, county police said.

Nick Shields


Officials to vote on bond contract Baltimore County officials are seeking to renew a contract that pays a company up to $300 an hour to advise the government on bond deals.

The deal would pay Public Resources Advisory Group of New York up to $659,000 during the next five years for financial advice to help maintain the county's AAA bond rating, according to the county administration.


The County Council is to vote on the proposal Monday.

Josh Mitchell


Fundraiser aids conservation groups

A fundraiser to benefit four Baltimore County land trusts is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Manor Tavern, 15819 Old York Road in Monkton.

Proceeds from the event will be split by the Manor Conservancy, the Long Green Conservancy, the Land Preservation Trust and the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy. The event will include auctions.


Tickets are $75. or 410-357-0512.


8th-grader wins vocabulary contest

An eighth-grader from Baltimore Lutheran School in Towson has won the Maryland State Championship in the fifth annual Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge, a vocabulary competition that tests students' knowledge of word definitions.

Charles Crouse, 14, whose favorite word is "oblivion," advances to the National Championship in Orlando, Fla., scheduled May 14 and 15, where he will compete against winners from across the country for a total of $50,000 in college scholarships, according to a statement released yesterday by Reader's Digest.

Based on the "Word Power" column in Readers' Digest magazine, the vocabulary contest is an educational outreach program for grades four through eight, according to the organization's Web site. Students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, as well as home-schooled students, are invited to participate.


A program based on the national contest is expected to be broadcast on NBC this summer.

Sorority to hold Shamrock Shuffle

The Kappa Delta Sorority, Zeta Mu chapter, will hold its third annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run/Walk on the Towson University campus Saturday.

The local chapter said it will donate 80 percent of the proceeds to the Family Tree of Maryland, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping prevent child abuse and neglect. The remaining money will be donated to Kappa Delta's national philanthropy, Prevent Child Abuse America.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on Burdick Field and the fee is $20. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in several categories. The chapter has raised nearly $7,000 the past two years, with about 300 runners each year.



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