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Man hunted in fatal burning

Police today are continuing their search for James Covel, 25, of the 1800 block of Ashland Ave., in connection with the fatal burning of another man during an argument on Oct. 18.

Police said the victim, Morris Gilliam, 20, of the 300 block of Mason Court, died Saturday at the regional burn unit at Francis Scott Key Medical Center of injuries he received when he was doused with a flammable liquid and set aflame during an argument at the suspect's home more than a week ago.

After being splashed and set afire, Gilliam fled the house in flames and collapsed in the street, police said.

Police said two other people in the house during the argument, Vandestine Covel, 24, also of the 1800 block of Ashland Ave., and John Tillery, 21, of the same address, each were doused with the liquid and received minor burns.

They were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where they were treated and released.

Police said anyone having information on James Covel's whereabouts should call the homicide squad at 396-2100.

Dorchester bridge burns

MARYLAND STATE

Most of the two-lane wooden DeCoursey Bridge, which spans the Transquaking River about 15 miles southeast of Cambridge in Dorchester County, has been destroyed in a fire that state fire officials described as suspicious.

Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said the one-alarm fire was discovered shortly after 6 a.m. yesterday. Firefighters fought the fire for about 30 minutes before bringing it under control, he said.

The bridge was closed to traffic, forcing motorists to take a 10-mile detour around the area, Thomas said.

Investigators determined that a flammable liquid had been poured on the bridge. A damage estimate was not immediately available.

Thomas said the fire may have been set as a result of a Halloween prank. According to legend, ghosts have been seen at the bridge at night.

Several people were seen fleeing the area after the fire broke out, Thomas said.

Effort to fill UM job halted:

University of Maryland Chancellor Donald Langenberg has halted a search for a vice chancellor for public affairs because of the state's fiscal crisis.

Langenberg on Friday also laid off Deputy Chancellor Jean E. Spencer and disbanded her office, which employed three other administrators, because of recent budget cuts totaling $527,789 for the UM System.

Spencer earned $119,576 annually and assistant vice chancellor Sheila Tolliver earned $80,842. Two aides in the disbanded office earned salaries totaling nearly $60,000.

Langenberg said he will study further streamlining of his office, including furloughs for some employees and the elimination of other jobs.

The deputy chancellor's office will cease to exist effective Dec. 31. Its duties will be assumed by the UM vice chancellors for academic affairs and general administration.

Inmate education gets a push:

Legislative leaders have asked the governor to come up with $1 million to restore inmate education programs at the Patuxent Institution.

Lawmakers blamed the problem on a budgetary "oversight" and informed Gov. William Donald Schaefer of the problem in writing Oct. 18.

"The problem is, there was no check with that letter. It still leaves us with the problem to come up with the money to restore it somehow," said Page Boinset, a spokeswoman for Schaefer.

The problem, which threatens 22 jobs, arose because the educational programs at Patuxent are budgeted separately from those at other prisons. When the legislature asked the governor to restore prison education programs that were eliminated as part of a $450 million cost-cutting plan, Patuxent was overlooked.

"It was an oversight," said William S. Ratchford 2nd, director of the General Assembly's Department of Fiscal Services.

Unless something is done, the jobs will be eliminated Nov. 5.

Maryland Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services Bishop Robinson would like to restore the programs, but there is no money, said prison system spokesman Gregory M. Shipley.

"No one wants to see that program end," said Shipley. "But Patuxent was forced in these budget cuts to come up with $1,096,000, and it is either the therapy program or the education program. What it boiled down to was the therapy program was mandated by law and education was not."

Programs that would be eliminated include high school equivalency classes, and literacy and vocational programs.

No jackpot winner:

There was no jackpot winner in the Maryland Lotto drawing Saturday night, which was worth an estimated $1.5 million annuity, lottery officials said.

The numbers drawn were 4-9-17-22-28-44.

Five numbers were picked by 56 players, with each ticket worth $844. Four numbers were picked by 2,688 players, with each ticket worth $30.

The next Lotto drawing will be worth an estimated $2 million annuity.

Fort Meade high on site list

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

Fort Meade is high on a list of possible sites for the relocation of the Army's Defense Information School at Fort Benjamin Harrison because the military wants to relocate it near Washington.

The Defense Department plans to close the Indianapolis military base by 1995.

"The reason they want us in the greater Washington, D.C., area is the proximity of the Washington media, the Pentagon and the service chiefs of public affairs, and the American Forces Information Service," said Dr. Jack Rubak, dean of academic services at the Army school.

Another Maryland site, Andrews Air Force Base, has been proposed along with Fort Belvoir, Va. Both are closer to Washington, but the cost of living is much higher than at Fort Meade, Rubak said.

Fort Meade is 20 miles northeast of Washington.

Fort Meade also may receive the Air Force's audiovisual school from Lowry Air Force Base, Colo., scheduled to close like Fort Harrison, and the Navy's photojournalism school from Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla.

Rubak said a study was under way to decide whether such a consolidation would save money.

'Dough Raising' donation:

For each pizza sold today through next Sunday, Domino's Pizza will donate $1 to the United Way of Central Maryland's Community Partnerships in Anne Arundel and Howard counties.

Domino's support of United Way is part of the company's "Dough Raising" program. Besides the money donated for United Way, the company will give customers in the two counties $1 off their orders during the week.

The United Way will use the contributions to help finance health and human services programs, including those involving substance abuse, homelessness, care for the elderly, illiteracy, domestic violence and other issues.

United Way of Central Maryland provides funding for more than 300 programs in the Baltimore region. The organization's annual fund-raising campaign runs through January. For more information about United Way, call 547-8000, Ext. 340.

Hayden fund-raiser this week

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden ran for election and won on a shoestring last year, but he's not likely to have the same problem in 1994, when he is likely to run for re-election.

Hayden, who held a $50-a-ticket fund-raiser April 30, is having another one this week, and this time the tickets cost $125, or $250, depending on just how close you want to get to the candidate.

The high rollers get access to a private reception at a Woodlawn catering hall an hour before the main event. Hayden also has been holding small events with tickets costing $10 or less, to allow his grass-roots supporters to attend small gatherings at a reasonable cost.

Campaign treasurer James M. Anders Jr. said Hayden still has about $80,000 to $90,000 left from the April event, which attracted 2,300 people. Hayden said Wednesday night's event will be smaller, with perhaps 500 people.

Hayden says he will be a candidate in 1994, though he won't say for what office. "I'd be happy as a clam if the people of Baltimore County want me to serve another term," he said recently, however, when asked about his plans for 1994.

Fire hits Edgewood market

HARFORD COUNTY

A two-alarm fire last night damaged a food market at the Ames Shopping Center in Edgewood.

A spokesman for the Harford County fire communications office said the fire was reported at the Super Thrift store at 7:23 p.m. and went to two alarms before it was brought under control about an hour later.

The grocery store and many others in the shopping center in the 1900 block of Pulaski Highway were closed when the fire broke out.

The fire, which sent heavy smoke through the shopping center, was fought by several pieces of firefighting apparatus from county stations at Joppa-Magnolia and Abingdon and from Kingsville in Baltimore County.

No injuries were reported.

How to pay for college:

Harford Community College is offering a one-day class on ways to pay for college.

The class, sponsored by the college's Division of Community and Business Services, is scheduled Nov. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St. in Bel Air.

Instructor Jim Staymates will cover various methods of paying for college, including financial aid, home equity loans and custodial accounts. He also will discuss various investments used to accumulate college money.

Students may register by mail or in the college's Office of Noncredit Registration in Alumni Hall. For information, call the college at 836-4376 or 879-8920, Ext. 376.

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