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Student, 22, indicted in 2002 killing

A 22-year-old college student who was arrested at his school in New York last month in the fatal shooting of a Woodlawn teenager nearly six years ago has been indicted.

Nicholas Dudley Pinderhughes Weaver of Baltimore was charged Monday by a Baltimore County grand jury with first-degree murder in the death of David L. Baskin Jr. An aspiring rap musician, Baskin was shot in July 2002 near his Woodlawn home, a day after his 18th birthday.

The 12-count indictment also charges Weaver with first-degree assault, illegal use of a handgun, burglary and being an accessory to the killing after the fact.

One of the assault charges and the burglary count stem from an incident that is alleged to have occurred several days before the shooting. Weaver is accused of jumping a teenager, forcing his way into the youth's house and beating him up on June 28, 2002, prosecutors say.

"It was very clearly related to the killing," prosecutor John Cox said.

Weaver, an aspiring lawyer, is a grandson of the late Alice G. Pinderhughes, who was the first female head of Baltimore schools. He was a senior history major at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., at the time of his arrest.

Since being extradited from New York, he has been held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Baskin's mother has said that police told her he was the unintended victim of a group of West Baltimore youths who were feuding with a group from Woodlawn over a girl.

Charges against another man accused of participating in the killing, Charles Howard Davis, 21, of Baltimore, were dismissed March 7, court records show. He was released from the county jail.

Jennifer McMenamin


Hereford student wins spelling bee

An eighth-grader at Hereford Middle School in Monkton won the third Baltimore Bee spelling competition and will represent the Baltimore area in the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

Emily Randall won the bee by correctly spelling the final two words - harbinger and mimetic - at the competition Saturday at Towson University. The event drew about 70 participants who had won bees at public, private and parochial schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, organizers said.

Second place went to Allegra Chan, a fifth-grader at Barclay Elementary-Middle School in Baltimore. Third place went to Joseph White, a seventh-grader at Calvert School in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Bee was sponsored by Educate Online and Empowerment MINDS Foundation. It was open to students in fourth through eighth grades.


Education council to meet tonight

The Southwest Baltimore County Educational Advisory Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at Winfield Elementary School, 8300 Carlson Lane.

The speaker will be Ella White-Campbell, chairwoman of the Minority Achievement Advisory Group.

School tours will be given at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 410-744-7467.


Safety program set for tonight

The Carney Improvement Association will present a community safety program at 7 p.m. today at Carney Elementary School.

Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger and Capt. Jonathan Trentzsch, commander of the Parkville Precinct, will provide an update on local and countywide crime.

Information: 410-409-3136.


Library offering Cummings display

The Essex library is presenting a display of personal belongings, original photographs and historical documents relating to Harry S. Cummings, Baltimore's first African-American city councilman.

Cummings was elected to the council in 1890 and served until his death in 1917. Among his accomplishments was creation of the Manual Training School, a high school for African-American boys.

The Cummings display will remain at the library, 1110 Eastern Blvd., until April 18.

Information: 410-887-0295.


Swim clinic set on Essex campus

The Community College of Baltimore County will hold a swim clinic March 31-May 8 on its Essex campus.

Classes are available for toddlers (ages 2 to 5) and youths (ages 6 to 14) in the Athletic and Wellness Center pool, 7201 Rossville Blvd.

Registration deadline is Friday. Information: 410-780-6755 or 410-780-6859.


Sessions to promote wheelchair safety

CountyRide, the county Department of Aging's transportation service, is joining with the Transportation Association of Maryland and the federal rural transportation program to promote wheelchair safety and security this month.

CountyRide staff members will give demonstrations at locations throughout the county and provide information about their services.

Instructors will be available to recertify drivers who transport wheelchair users.

Information: 410-887-8287.

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