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Essex home barricade ends in man's arrest

A man being served an arrest warrant charging him with domestic abuse barricaded himself inside his Essex home yesterday morning but surrendered a few hours later, county police said.

Officers had surrounded the house in the first block of Landmark Court after James Jerome Blackston, 28, said he had a gun, though police had not confirmed that.

Police said he was holed up in his closet but surrendered about 10 a.m.

The man was then arrested.

County police said the incident began about 8 a.m. when Baltimore City officers tried to serve the man with the warrant at the home.

School system

Parents must verify child's residence The county school system will require parents and guardians of students entering sixth and ninth grades in the fall to verify their child's residency before the end of this school year.

Parents or guardians must provide their child's current school with documents proving their child's residency, including a photo identification, lease or deed and three pieces of mail sent to the home within the past 60 days, all with the same address.

Documentation for students entering middle or high school is required by June 11.

Information: 410-887-4243.


'Listening' session for the disabled

A "Listening Post" for individuals with disabilities and their families will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Stembridge Community Center, 101 Stemmers Run Road, Essex.

The event will give insight on community concerns to the Baltimore County and Maryland commissions on disabilities.

State Highway Administration officials also will participate.

For information and special accommodations, call 410-887-3580.


College gets $497,000 grant

The Community College of Baltimore County has received $497,000 from the National Science Foundation for 20 annual scholarships, U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin have announced.

CCBC will use the money to recruit students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, especially women and underrepresented minorities, and to provide students with transfer opportunities.


Public hearing set on 2010 capital budget

The county Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the fiscal 2010 capital budget at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 114 of the ESS Building, at 6901 Charles St., Towson.

Information: 410-887-6111.

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