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Man sought in slaying:

Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a 20-year-old Hampden man in connection with the slaying early yesterday of a man in the 2100 block of Edmondson Ave.

Jermaine Xavier Holt, of the 900 block of Walnut Ave., was charged in a warrant with the first-degree murder of Marc Antonio Barnes, 20, of the 2000 block of Richglen Drive in Reisterstown, police said.

Police said Mr. Holt allegedly shot Mr. Barnes about 3:35 a.m. outside the Underground, a nightclub in the 2100 block of Edmondson.

Police said Mr. Barnes was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators later learned that Mr. Barnes and his assailant had been involved in an ongoing argument. Anyone knowing the suspect's whereabouts is urged to call the homicide squad at 396-2100.

Mayor asks higher pay:


Hagerstown Mayor Steve Sager has made a pitch for higher salaries for the mayor and City Council.

"This is not a stump speech for re-election," Sager told about 100 people gathered last week for his "State of the City" address. "[But] without realistic compensation, it's anybody's guess what you'll end up with."

At Sager's request, a citizen committee studied the salaries and recommended last month that the mayor's salary be reduced from $18,000 a year to $12,000. The committee said, however, that the council members should be paid $8,000 a year instead of $6,000.

Sager, who considers the mayor's job as full-time, said a lower salary would translate into fewer qualified people being able to serve.

No jackpot winner:

There was no jackpot winner in Maryland's Lotto drawing Saturday night, which was worth an estimated $1.5 million.

The Maryland Lottery reports that the numbers drawn were 20-22-24-31-39-43.

School may reopen:

Anne Arundel County

Officials this week hope to reopen the Naval Academy Primary School, which was closed after asbestos particles were found in the building's lower level.

The closing affects about 235 children of military and Department of Defense employees. A handful of county children also attend the private, non-profit school, which is near the golf course on the grounds of the Annapolis Naval Station.

Near the end of the school day Feb. 12, dust from ongoing renovations set off the fire alarms. An occupational health specialist was brought in to determine if the dust was harmful to the children. He found asbestos in the lower level of the building, which houses a golf pro shop, said Cmdr. Mike John, a Naval Academy spokesman.

All asbestos in the building was believed to have been removed in December 1984 and January 1985.

The Navy hired the Hanover-based firm of Aerosol Monitoring and Analysis Co. to conduct a separate analysis and to thoroughly clean the building.

Amendment sought:

Baltimore County

Councilman Vincent Gardina, D-5th, wants a charter amendment giving each of the seven council members the power to appoint one member of the 15-member Planning Board, and allowing the county executive to appoint the other eight.

If five council members vote for it next month, the amendment will be on the November general election ballot.

While council members customarily recommend appointments to the county executive, Mr. Gardina said, they aren't always accepted. "The intent [of the change] is to provide some diversity. Seven council members have differing opinions and philosophies on development," he said. The change would give the council appointment power, "rather than just [the ability to] nominate and cross our fingers."

"I don't know whether people realize how important these appointments are," he said. "Almost anything that concerns land use or zoning goes through the Planning Board. And development is the second biggest concern people have -- right behind taxes."

Glitches don't stop show:

Carroll County

Despite several glitches, Carroll residents were able to see some of the congressional 6th District candidates live Thursday night on Prestige Cable Channel 3.

Republican candidates backed out of the forum early that morning, and difficulties with the microphone led to 11 minutes of commercials and public information spots early in the program.

And an accident in Washington delayed incumbent Democratic Rep. Beverly B. Byron for 30 minutes.

But the show still went on, and viewers were able to see some of the candidates.

The program, a first for the county, will be rebroadcast at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; 7:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Friday; and at about 7:10 a.m. on March 3, following "AM Edition."

Bill would aid fire units:

Harford County

Harford County's volunteer fire companies would be able to recoup financial losses on equipment damaged at the scene of a hazardous materials spill under a bill before the County Council.

Firefighters often respond to such incidents to assist the county's Hazardous Materials Unit, also known as Haz-mat.

"We could not operate the Haz-mat unit without the volunteer firefighters as backup," said James M. Terrell, chief of the county's Emergency Operations Department. "But spills are costly. You can use and ruin a lot of equipment. For instance, something as common as diesel fuel will ruin the protective gear firemen wear."

Although a bill passed in 1990 allows the Emergency Operations Department to charge those responsible for a hazardous materials spill for county expenses incurred during the cleanup, the law does not apply to volunteer fire companies, Mr. Terrell said.

A public hearing on the bill has been scheduled for 6 p.m. March 17 in the Council Chambers, Level A of the County Courthouse in Bel Air.

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