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2 questioned in girl's killing


Baltimore homicide detectives were questioning two men today after raiding an apartment last night in a search for evidence in the strangulation of Ebony Scott, 9, of New York City, whose body was found Thursday in a trash bin at the George B. Murphy Homes public housing project.

Sgt. Steven Lehmann of the homicide unit said neither man had been charged as yet.

"We received information about the men and obtained a search and seizure warrant for an apartment on the 13th floor of the [Murphy Homes high-rise] building and went in," Sergeant Lehmann said. He would not describe items police took from the premises.

One man, a resident of the apartment, ran when he saw police at his door, but was caught by homicide Detectives Corey Belt and William Reitz.

The other man was taken into custody at his mother's house in West Baltimore, Sergeant Lehmann said.

Last week, police questioned a man about the little girl's murder and released him without charges.

Police found Ebony's body in a trash bin near the front entrance on Argyle Avenue.

A preliminary report showed she had been strangled.

The girl arrived in Baltimore last week with her older sister to visit relatives.

Ebony reportedly was seen playing with other children around noon Wednesday. Concerned when she was unable to locate Ebony a short time later, the sister reported her missing.

Residents of the high-rise apartment building told police they saw a man carrying something in a blue blanket down the stairs.

A "topping off" ceremony was being held today to mark completion of the structural steel frame of Francis Scott Key Medical Center's $64 million patient tower.

Construction began in October on the 190-bed addition which will provide a new front entrance for the hospital, in the 4900 block of Eastern Ave.

It will include new quarters for the Baltimore Regional Burn Center, as well as the hospital's emergency department and trauma center, new operating suites and an imaging and radiology center.

The six-story, 275,000-square-foot building, is being built in an L-shape around the acute-care center, which dates from 1932.

Anne Arundel County:

A summer jobs program that linked inner city teen-agers with drill sergeants, military formations and paint-up, fix-up chores at Fort Meade has ended two weeks early for 170 Baltimore youngsters.

The program was a victim of its own success.

Baltimore's share of the $7.5 million federal grant that financed the program ran out because of the large number of youngsters who signed up for it. The teen-agers in the program and Army leaders who say it has been a godsend during tough economic times shared their disappointment on their last day at work Friday.

"We want to work some more," said Twan Pollard, 16, of East Baltimore. "They messed up."

He and other city youths will come up short of money they were expecting to spend on clothes and supplies needed for the start of school in September. And post officials will come up short of some of the maintenance work they had hoped to complete.

"The return has been immeasurable," said Lt. Col. Robert F. Lammel. "There is no way that we have enough manpower to take care of the base the way we would like to."

More than 260 teens from Baltimore and Prince George's County began working at 26 different sites at Fort Meade July 13 as part of a state program to give 3,500 Maryland youngsters jobs. They worked Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the minimum wage of $4.25 an hour at jobs ranging from painting an airplane hangar to setting up computer spread sheets.

Carroll County:

A new school program in the Muncie Center at Springfield Hospital Center will allow about 15 to 25 county special education students to be taught closer to home.

The program, focusing on intelligent students with emotional problems that hinder their ability to learn, will save the county public schools thousands of dollars that otherwise would be spent to educate them in private schools.

Schools are required by law to educate all students, and private schools are used only when the public schools, using their own staff and programs, are unable to meet the demands of students.

"These are very bright students who are just not able to make it in the mainstream of life," says Harry Fogle, director of special education. "We hope we are able to help them improve . . . then move back into the regular program some place."

The Board of Education will lease 6,000 square feet from the state hospital for $14,784 a year to cover the cost of maintenance, says Vernon Smith, director of county school support services.

Harford County:

The Army Corps of Engineers will have a hearing next week to seek public comment on a draft environmental impact statement for the realignment of Army research and technology functions at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

The statement addresses the socioeconomic and environmental impact resulting from the transfer and consolidation of various Army Research Laboratory functions to new facilities proposed at APG.

Three sites at APG are considered in the draft statement for possible placement of the Army Research Laboratory's new facilities.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Aberdeen Middle School, 111 Mount Royal Ave.

For details, to submit comments or to obtain a copy of the draft environmental impact statement, write the Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, P.O. Box 1715, Baltimore 21203-1715, or call (410) 962-4937.

Howard County:

In the old days -- that's 25 years ago by Howard County reckoning -- it might have been cause for celebration.

But, when the 100,000th person registered to vote there last week, hardly anyone noticed.

"No bells went off," says Barbara W. Feaga, election board administrator.

The Election Board doesn't even know who the 100,000th voter is -- or whether the person is a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian or someone registered as Other.

The only thing the board can tell you is how registrations -- now totaling 100,364 -- are broken down: 50,202 Democrats, 36,870 Republicans, 12,397 Independents, 32 Libertarians, and 863 Others.

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