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Teen held in assault, invasion

Baltimore County police said yesterday that they had arrested a teenager in a home invasion and the assault on a 62-year-old woman Tuesday near Owings Mills.

Loren Denver White, 17, of the first block of Wellhaven Circle was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree rape, armed robbery and burglary, motor vehicle theft, and assault and sex-offense counts. The home invasion was in the first block of Preakness Court.

He was arrested Tuesday afternoon with two males at a vacant house in the first block of Ritters Lane, police said. The victim's car was found in the garage. Police said they think the other two did not know about the home invasion.

Police said a man approached the woman as she was getting groceries out of her car at her home. They said he forced her at gunpoint into the house, where he attempted to rape her. She fought him and escaped through the back door, police said, and the man stole money and her car.

White was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said. He is scheduled for a bail review today.


System gets air-quality award

The Baltimore County public school system has received a national indoor air-quality award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools National Excellence Award is given to school systems that have made exemplary efforts to improve indoor air quality.

Baltimore County was one of three school systems nationwide to receive the award.

The system began its indoor Tools for Schools effort in 2005. Activities included monitoring buildings; a training program in cooperation with the American Lung Association; building inspections; boosting preventive maintenance and cleaning; upgrading HVAC systems; and preventing water leaks.

Since then, the schools' mold remediation costs have dropped 71 percent, and mold remediation projects dropped to one in 2006 from more than 30 a year.


Male applicant sought for post

The Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee is seeking a male registered Democrat living anywhere in the county to serve as a member-at-large.

The Maryland Democratic Party has gender-balanced guidelines for committee membership. The committee is composed of 17 men and 18 women representing legislative districts 6, 8, 10, 11, 42, and partial county districts 5B, 7 and 12A.

Candidates should submit applications with cover letters and resumes by Feb. 1 to P.O. Box 27435, Towson 21285-7435, or e-mail bbailey2007@baltcodems.org.

Applicants will be interviewed at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 by the executive board, which will recommend candidates to the board. The committee will vote at its March 18 meeting. Information: 443-618-5404.

Community plan

Official to meet with residents

Pat Keller, director of the Baltimore County Office of Planning, will discuss the Carney, Cub Hill and Parkville Community Plan with area residents at the Greater Parkville Community Council meeting tonight.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Parkville Recreation and Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road. Information: 410-668-2580.

Goucher College

Satirical group to perform Sunday

The League of Women Voters of Baltimore County will present the Capitol Steps at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College.

The political satire group offers a humorous and musical look at national leaders.

Tickets are $35 per person or $30 per person for groups of 10 or more. Information: 410-377-8046 or e-mail lwvbaltimore@verizon.net.

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