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Sheppard Pratt to buy campus in Glyndon for school site

Sheppard Pratt Health System will buy the 44-acre Glyndon campus of Beth Tfiloh Congregation's lower school and preschool, as part of a $17 million deal announced yesterday.

Sheppard Pratt intends to locate one of its Forbush Schools, which provide special education and therapeutic services for children, at the site.

Beth Tfiloh, which opened its preschool and lower school in 2003, will continue to operate at the Glyndon campus through the 2008-2009 school year, according a statement by the institutions.

The congregation is building a 56,000-square-foot lower-school complex on the Sara and David S. Brown campus in Pikesville, next to Beth Tfiloh's synagogue and existing preschool, middle and high school facilities.

Sheppard Pratt has several Forbush School satellite facilities in Maryland, including one that recently opened in Hunt Valley.

About 165 students, about 30 of whom will be in preschool, will attend the Forbush School when it opens in the fall of 2009 at the Glyndon campus, according to the news release.

The campus includes six buildings and several cabins, according to the release.

The purchase price was slightly more than $17 million, said Joan Feldman, communications director for Beth Tfiloh.

Laura Barnhardt

Baltimore

: Federal court

Drug dealer gets term of nearly 22 years

A 28-year-old convicted drug dealer from Baltimore received a prison sentence of almost 22 years yesterday in federal court.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Stanley Harrison to 262 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin. The judge increased the sentence after finding that Harrison is a career offender, based on three prior convictions for drug trafficking.

According to the plea agreement, Harrison worked between 2004 and 2006 as part of a heroin business in Northwest Baltimore, distributing up to 3 kilograms of heroin. According to court documents, Harrison was in charge of an open-air drug market from August to October 2006, selling heroin near Cold Spring Lane and Park Heights Avenue. About 200 to 400 vials of heroin were sold daily during the two-month period, authorities said.

Matthew Dolan

Anne Arundel

: Crownsville

Person is killed in one-car accident

One person was killed late last night when a vehicle overturned in the Bristol Hills at Herald Harbor community, Anne Arundel County authorities said.

The accident occurred on Herald Harbor Road near Chambers River Road. The name of the deceased was withheld pending notification of family members, police said. It was not known whether the deceased was the driver or whether any passengers were injured.

Authorities said the vehicle was traveling on Herald Harbor Road about 11 p.m. when the driver lost control. The vehicle flipped over and burst into flames.

Authorities said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. County police are investigating the accident.

Richard Irwin

Howard County

: Jessup

Police identify accident victim

Howard County police have identified the woman who was struck by a vehicle Monday evening on Route 175 in Jessup and died a short time later at Howard County General Hospital.

The woman was identified yesterday as Brenda Nae Ruby, 45, of no fixed address, according to county police.

Police said a GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle driven by Thomas William Ripple, 46, of the 700 block of Longview Drive in Catonsville was in the westbound lane of the road near Pocomoke Drive shortly before 7 p.m. when it struck the woman, who was knocked down a nearby embankment.

Police said the uninjured driver remained at the scene and Ruby, who was wearing dark clothing, was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later. According to police, the accident was caused by pedestrian error.

Dick Irwin

Maryland

: Government

State surplus goods may be sold online

In the market for a used office chair? State officials said yesterday they might have the deal for you. The Department of General Services announced a pilot agreement with GovDeals, an Internet auction site that allows agencies to post surplus property for sale.

Office furniture, computers and other items will be offered to state agencies and nonprofit organizations first, then the bidding will be opened to the public. Purchases must be made with a credit card. The site can be accessed by clicking on the logo at www.dgs.maryland.gov.

Laura Smitherman

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