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Prosecutors seek death sentence in bar shooting

Baltimore County prosecutors filed notice yesterday of their intent to seek a death sentence against a 25-year-old man accused of robbing and fatally shooting a man outside a Woodlawn-area bar in July.

Juvon C. Harris is charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, first-degree assault and several gun crimes.

Taavon Chambers, 23, of the 3400 block of Piedmont Ave. in West Baltimore died of a single gunshot to the head after he and a friend refused a gunman's demand that they get down on the ground, according to charging documents The shooting occurred about 2:15 a.m. July 1 in the parking lot of the Windsor Inn.

Harris was arrested less than an hour later by Baltimore police officers responding to a complaint of a gunshot in the area of the 4300 block of Labrynth Road.

In the white Lincoln Continental that Harris was driving, police found a .40-caliber handgun that Baltimore County's firearms examiner later matched to the bullet that killed Chambers, according to charging documents.

Jennifer McMenamin


$400,000 settlement for paramedic

A former Baltimore County paramedic who said in a lawsuit that the county Fire Department forced him out of his job in retaliation for his complaints of racial discrimination has reached an out-of-court settlement with the county, according to lawyers for the county and former employee.

Baltimore County has agreed to pay $400,000 to former paramedic Dontay R. Paige but admits no wrongdoing in the case, according to Paige's attorney, Kathleen Cahill, and a spokesman for Baltimore County.

Paige filed a federal lawsuit against the county in March, claiming that the department found him medically "unfit for duty" in 2005 but denied him disability benefits, after he filed a complaint of racial discrimination.

The case was dismissed yesterday, according to court records.

Laura Barnhardt


Roundabout for intersection

A roundabout will be built this month in Randallstown as part of a plan to slow traffic and cut the number of accidents at an intersection, county officials said yesterday.

The traffic circle will be built at Brenbrook Drive and Church Lane in response to residents' requests for traffic-calming measures in the area, public works officials said. Speed humps will also be installed this month on Church Lane, officials said.

There have been 21 accidents at the intersection since 2001, said David Fidler, spokesman for the county Department of Public Works.

The $60,000 project is expected to take about two weeks to complete, officials said. During construction, the intersection will continue to be posted with four-way stop signs.


Hazardous-waste collection

Baltimore County residents can bring household hazardous-waste items tomorrow to the parking lot of the state fairgrounds in Timonium.

Residents may bring paints, motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, cleaning solvents, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, swimming pool chemicals, mercury thermometers, fluorescent light bulbs, fireworks, ammunition and other household hazardous wastes.

Residents must use the Timonium Road entrance to the fairgrounds and follow signs to the event. The one-day event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Residents who cannot attend the event may bring items to the Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management's household hazardous-waste collection facility at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, 6257 Days Cove Road, White Marsh, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, from April through November.

Information: 410-887-3745.


Farm gets $42,000 federal grant

Roseda Beef in Monkton recently received a $42,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Value-Added Producer Grant Program.

Roseda Beef raises Black Angus cattle at its northern Baltimore County Roseda Farm and is a supplier of "natural" beef with no added hormones or growth stimulators.

Cattle are pasture-raised and fed a strict vegetarian diet on a farm that manages rotational grazing and works to reduce erosion and runoff, officials said.

The USDA rural development grant program provides financial assistance to rural farmers who produce a value-added agricultural or farm-based renewable energy product.


Charlestown dance set tonight

The Charlestown retirement community will hold a Friendship Celebration and Dance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the conference center, 719 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville.

The band Joy of Maryland will provide music.

The event is open to the public. Admission is $5.

Information: 410-737-8838, Ext. 8577.

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