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City teacher charged in marijuana case

The discovery of a bag of suspected marijuana in a classroom at a West Baltimore school led to a confession from a teacher who was subsequently charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, court documents show.

The city school system has declined to release details about the arrest. According to court documents, the teacher, Megan Cameron, 28, was arrested Thursday at George G. Kelson Elementary/Middle School, 701 Gold St.

Contacted yesterday, Cameron declined to comment.

A statement of probable cause gives the following account of the incident:

About 3:20 p.m., a school police officer was dispatched to Kelson. The officer met with the assistant principal, Michelle Broom, who said that Cameron had handed her a zip-lock bag "containing a green leafy substance (marijuana)." The assistant principal said Cameron told her that a student found the bag on the floor of her classroom and students might have removed it from her pocketbook or coat pocket.

"It's mine. I inadvertently brought it to school. I forgot I had it. I will resign right now and never teach again. Please don't arrest me," Cameron is alleged to have said, according to the statement.

The court documents say that a search of Cameron turned up a wallet containing the residue of suspected marijuana and that Cameron gave a verbal and written statement to the assistant principal before the officer's arrival.

Arrest in meter thefts

Annapolis police have made an arrest in a string of thefts from downtown parking meters.

Keith Allen Edmonds, 27, of Homewood Road was charged Monday with theft and making false statements after a witness reported that someone matching Edmonds' description was opening parking meters on Cornhill Street. Police said that officers found Edmonds on nearby Cathedral Street and reportedly recovered $23.35 in coins from his pockets. Police said he admitted breaking into four meters that night as well as others in the area recently, though he claimed those meters were empty.

Edmonds was being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $25,000 bond.

Justin Fenton

Boy accused of setting fire

Maryland state fire marshals have charged a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Bel Air Middle School with second-degree malicious burning after he set a trash can on fire yesterday in the boys' bathroom, authorities said.

The school of 1,400 students and staff was evacuated about 9:30 a.m. after another student saw smoke coming from the bathroom and told a teacher, said Joseph G. Zurolo Jr., spokesman for the fire marshal's office. No injuries were reported.

The student was referred to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and released to his parents.

Ellie Baublitz

Man sought in holdup

Maryland State Police are seeking a suspect in an armed robbery at a Westminster High's Dairy Store.

Police say a man entered the High's in the 400 block of E. Main St. about 5 p.m. Monday brandishing a handgun and demanding money from the clerk. After stealing an undisclosed amount of cash, the man fled on a red sport bike, police said. The clerk was not injured in the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call 410-386-3000.

Ellie Baublitz

5th-grader with gun seized

A fifth-grade boy at Coldstream Park Elementary pointed an unloaded handgun at a fourth-grader yesterday and was arrested by city school police, sources close to the investigation said.

Baltimore City school system spokesman Michael Sarbanes, who is in charge of parent and community outreach, confirmed that staff at the Northeast Baltimore school observed a student with an unloaded gun. Sarbanes said the boy was arrested and charged as a juvenile with possession of a deadly weapon.

City schools officials would not comment further on the incident.

Sources said the boy pulled out the gun on the school's playground about 1 p.m. and that no one was hurt.

Brent Jones and Sara Neufeld

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