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Harford deputy assaulted

An off-duty Harford County sheriff's deputy was assaulted and robbed by two men while walking on a bike trail in Belcamp this week, authorities said.

The Sheriff's Office is not identifying the deputy, who is assigned to the detention center, because of safety concerns, said spokeswoman Monica A. Worrell.

The deputy was walking to a gas station about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1300 block of Riverside Parkway when he was assaulted, officials said.

There were no weapons involved in the attack and the deputy was not taken to the hospital, Worrell said. The two suspects took his wallet, keys and cell phone.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Harford County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division at 410-836-5430.

Madison Park

Photographer assaulted

City school police are investigating a report that a photographer for The Examiner was assaulted while taking photos outside a Northeast Baltimore high school yesterday, a school spokeswoman said.

Edie House Foster, the spokeswoman, said the incident happened outside W.E.B. DuBois High School. That school is next to Reginald F. Lewis High School, where a teacher was recently beaten during an attack that was videotaped by a student.

According to The Examiner, Arianne Starnes, 24, was taking photos for an article on school violence when a student came out of a crowd, grabbed her and her camera and threatened her. She reported that she was pushed backward and fell on her cameras and that the student pointed his finger at her head and pretended to shoot her. Foster said Starnes suffered an abrasion on her finger.

Starnes could not be reached for comment last night.

Richard Irwin

Balto. Co. men charged in illegal gun purchase

Two Baltimore County men were charged Wednesday by federal prosecutors with participating in a straw purchase scheme to illegally procure firearms for a convicted felon, federal prosecutors said.

John Frank Terranova, 43, of Parkville, was charged in a criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm. His neighbor, Jorge Luis Brown-Davila, 44, was charged with making false statements on forms signed while buying firearms.

Prosecutors said that two of Terranova's relatives tipped Maryland State Police that he possessed guns that had been bought for him by other people. People who cannot legally buy guns sometimes conduct what are called straw purchases to obtain the weapons.

Authorities said they searched Terranova's house and found two large gun safes in the basement and his van where he had more than 100 firearms stored. Federal prosecutors said Terranova is a convicted felon in Maryland. He was convicted of assault in 1995 in Baltimore City and burglary in 1997 in Baltimore County, according to court records.

Police also said that in the van they found ammunition, a U.S. Marshal Service badge and a Montgomery County police badge. Prosecutors said Terranova's neighbor, Brown-Davila, told investigators that he had bought about 40 guns for the suspect.

A trial date has not been set.

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