Slaying suspect due hearingA 38-year-old man charged...


Slaying suspect due hearing

A 38-year-old man charged with the first-degree murder of his girlfriend was to appear at a bail review hearing today in Eastside District Court, police said.

Milton Thomas Smith, of the 800 block of Nat Court, was arrested at his home Friday night after Northern District officers arrived in response to a report that a woman was being assaulted by a man.

When officers arrived at the couple's second-floor apartment shortly before 9:30 p.m., they found the victim, Roxanne Brown Martin, 30, lying on the living room floor, bleeding from multiple stab wounds.

Arrested without incident was Mr. Smith, who had a minor cut on a hand.

Police said Ms. Martin was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she died about 4 a.m. Saturday.

Homicide detectives said a small kitchen knife was used in the slaying.

Police said neighbors reported seeing Ms. Martin running from the apartment, calling for help and getting as far as the second-floor landing when Mr. Smith grabbed her and pulled her back inside.

Mr. Smith was being held without bail at the Northern District lockup, pending today's bail review hearing.

Morgan State wins grant

Morgan State University has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold an urban environmental town meeting in late spring.

The announcement was made recently by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., chairwoman of the appropriations subcommittee that funds the EPA.

"I applaud Morgan State University and Environmental Protection Agency for their foresight and vision in the development of this town meeting," Ms. Mikulski said. "This meeting will give members of the community an opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process concerning their environment."

The grant and town meeting are part of a formal Memorandum of Understanding between the EPA and Morgan State and are intended to increase minority students' involvement in environmental fields.

The town meeting will provide a public forum for Baltimoreans eager to address the environmental issues that affect their communities. It is intended to promote public-private partnerships as a means of solving environmental problems and equity issues and to offer an opportunity for all parties to agree on certain priority issues.

Also helping to fund the effort are the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Army Corps of Engineers, Morgan State and private firms.

60% of store lost to blaze

Maryland State

State fire investigators said a fire at a home improvement center in Elkton early yesterday was caused when a fluorescent light fixture overheated.

Damage to the J&J; Home Improvement Center was estimated at $1.5 million, said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas.

Approximately 100 firefighters from Cecil County and New Castle County, Del., took more than three hours to bring the fire under control.

There were no injuries, Mr. Thomas said.

Investigators determined that the fire began in the first-floor ceiling where the fixture was located, close to an area where home improvement products were stored.

"The lumber sales area and storage area was saved. However, the hardware and home improvement area was destroyed," Mr. Thomas said.

Approximately 60 percent of the building and its contents were lost in the blaze.

One winner in Lotto

There was one jackpot winner in Maryland's Lotto drawing Saturday night, which was worth an estimated $2 million annuity.

The Maryland Lottery reports that the winning numbers were 1-4-13-19-24-48. Five numbers were picked by 34 players, with each ticket worth $1,323. Four numbers were picked by 2,222 players, with each ticket worth $34.

Wednesday's Lotto drawing will be worth an estimated $1 million annuity.

Man found dead near Laurel

Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County police responding early today to a report of gunshots on a road near Laurel found the body of a man who had been shot to death.

Officer V. Richard Molloy, police spokesman, said Western District officers discovered the body in the 200 block of Red Clay Road. The victim, who appeared to be in his mid-20s, had been shot numerous times.

Officer Molloy said the victim had no identification and there was no apparent motive for the shooting. The body was sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Couple charged in coat theft

County police have arrested a couple and charged them with robbing a woman of her coat.

The victim, in her 30s, told police the couple demanded money from her Friday in the 7800 block of Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd. in Severn to buy crack cocaine. At the victim's nearby home, she tried to talk her sister into giving her money but was refused. The couple took the victim's coat and left.

In the 1800 block of Arwell Court in Severn, police arrested Robert W. Daugherty, 29, of the 1700 block of Richfield Drive, Severn, and Jacqueline Gail Miller, 40, of the 1900 block of Arwell Court, and charged them with stealing the victim's coat.

300,000 lbs. of food donated

Baltimore County

Dudley Bradburn, a 16-year veteran who delivers mail in Catonsville, said he guesses that he picked up about 500 pounds of food on his route last week during the U.S. Postal Service's letter carriers' food drive.

"The only time you see a fireman is when there's a fire, the only time you see police is when there's trouble, but you see the mailman every day," said Mr. Bradburn. "Monday and Tuesday, my truck was so loaded with food that I had to go back to the station, drop it off and come back."

People donated mountains of noodle soup and green beans during the Postal Service letter carriers' food drive.

The weeklong "Harvest for the Hungry" food drive, which asked that residents donate a few cans of food to the people who deliver their mail, netted 300,000 pounds of donated food. The drive ended Saturday.

"People just like the joy and thrill of giving away food, the physical act of giving food to someone who is hungry, and this made it as easy for them as possible," said Bill Ewing, director of the Maryland Food Bank warehouse. "If you can drag yourself from the kitchen to the front door, you could do this."

These off-season donations may in the end rival the food bank's biggest annual campaign, the Thanksgiving "Bags of Plenty" event, which collected about 400,000 pounds in 11 days last year.

Charter-board suit dismissed

Carroll Couonty

Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. has quashed an attempt to derail the charter-board election by dismissing Frank H. Rammes' suit against the Board of Elections and the County Commissioners.

The suit dismissed Friday also named the slate of Republican challengers to the bipartisan, commissioner-appointed charter board. Judge Beck's action ensures that March 3 election will proceed.

Mr. Rammes, a former member of the county Republican Central Committee, charged that the challengers' petition was invalid since they didn't file a financial report, all nine names were on one sheet and Doris Harner, one of the nine, had withdrawn from the race.

The motion to dismiss, submitted by the state attorney general, said the office had always advised petition candidates that they didn't have to file financial statements. Candidates had sworn they would not spend more than $300 on campaign expenses. State law says such candidates need not file financial reports.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth L. Nilson also said the candidates could be on one sheet since they were running for nine separate offices, and that Ms. Harner's withdrawal did not invalidate the entire petition.

The charter board appointed by the commissioners in November is charged with writing a document that would fundamentally change Carroll's form of government. Citizens will vote on the new form of government in the November general election.

Indian-rights lecture

Curtis G. Berkey, a proponent of American Indian civil rights and executive director of the Indian Law Resource Center in Washington, will speak at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College.

The lecture, "Legal Issues Facing Indigenous Americans Today," part of the college's two-year series on the Columbian Quincentenary, "The Legacy of Columbus: Indigenous Perspectives."

The series is free and open to the public and will continue through spring 1993.

Upcoming events include the screening of several short documentaries from the Institute for the Development of Indian Law March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Decker College Center Forum. For more information, call the college's Public Information Office at 857-2290 or, from Baltimore, 876-2055, Ext. 290.

Survey focuses on special help

Harford County

If someone in your household can't hear, read or understand emergency messages, or is handicapped and will need extra assistance to leave home in an emergency such as a hurricane or chemical accident, the Harford County Emergency Operations Division wants to know.

The division recently mailed a questionnaire to 60,811 homes and apartments, hoping to get a better idea of how many residents need special help.

James Terrell, chief of emergency operations, said the information will remain confidential.

"One of the main reasons we're doing it now is because of the influx of people," said Mr. Terrell, noting the county's population, now at 183,552, has grown by 25 percent in the last five years.

Residents in the north county have completed a similar questionnaire because they live near the Peach Bottom Nuclear Plant, but this will be the first time the entire county is being polled.

If you did not receive a copy of the survey, contact the Emergency Operations Division at 838-5800.

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