CRIME WATCH

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Teacher charged in sex case

A science teacher at a Bel Air high school has been charged with having sexual contact with two female students, according to court documents.

David "Dewey" Louis Vasses of Abingdon was arrested Saturday on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, a fourth-degree sexual offense and perverted practice, the Harford County state's attorney's office said yesterday. He was released on $50,000 bond Saturday and told not to have unsupervised contact with female minors, according to court documents.

Vasses, 29, taught science and was an assistant wrestling coach at C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air. He was placed on administrative leave with pay Feb. 28, said Don Morrison, a Harford County schools spokesman.

In February, a student told school officials about a relationship between Vasses and a 17-year-old female student, according to court documents. The 17-year-old told a detective from the Harford County Child Advocacy Center that she had a sexual relationship with Vasses and received suggestive photographs of him on her cell phone, according to a statement of charges.

The computer and the cell phone of the 17-year-old were taken as evidence, according to court documents.

Vasses has been employed by Harford County schools for six years, Morrison said. Before coming to C. Milton Wright, Vasses taught science at Aberdeen Middle School.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Harford County Child Advocacy Center at 410-638-3294.

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Deaths ruled murder-suicide

Police released the identities yesterday of bodies found Thursday in a West Baltimore apartment. Police ruled the deaths a murder and suicide.

Homicide detectives do not know the motive, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

Southwestern District officers responding to a report of a disturbance at a Ten Hills Apartments unit in the 200 block of Atholgate Lane found the bodies of Latasha Harris, 30, and Jerry Bennett, 37, in a bedroom about 6 p.m., Harris said. He identified them as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Harris said an investigation and autopsy results indicate that Bennett shot Harris before taking his life. Bennett and Harris worked as private security officers, but it was not known whether they worked for the same company.

Richard Irwin

Officers in killing identified

Baltimore County police released yesterday the identities of five officers who fired at an Essex man killed Feb. 29 at a gas station in Dundalk.

It has not been determined which shots hit and killed Taevon Jerald Cann, 25, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman. An investigation is continuing into the incident, and the five officers remain on administrative leave, Hill said.

The officers were identified as: Sergeant Rakowski, a 17-year veteran of the department; Detective Rogers, a six-year veteran; Detective Brown, a 21-year veteran; Officer Hoerr, a 10-year-veteran, and Officer Kilpatrick, a three-year-veteran. All are assigned to the North Point Precinct.

The contract agreement with the union representing county officers allows the department to release only the last name, rank and years of experience of officers involved in shooting incidents, Hill said.

Police said that when detectives and uniformed officers conducting a criminal investigation ordered Cann out of his car at a BP gas station, Cann put the car in reverse. As an officer jumped out of the way, police said, Cann's car crashed into the side of a police car, knocking an officer to the ground. Officers then began to shoot at Cann, police said.

Shooting victim dies of his wounds

A man who was shot Saturday on an East Baltimore Street died yesterday at a hospital, police said. The man's name was being withheld pending notification of family members.

No arrest had been made, and police did not know of a motive.

Northern District police responding to a report of shots fired in the 1800 block of E. 28th St. near Clifton Park found the victim bleeding from at least one bullet wound to the upper body, police said.

The man was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he remained in critical condition before dying Monday, police said.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment in the killing.

Richard Irwin

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