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W. Balto. teen fatally shot

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A 17-year-old West Baltimore boy was shot to death early today while walking across a basketball court less than a block from his home, police said.

No arrest had been made.

The victim, Lynn Fulton, of the 1700 block of N. Carey St., was found shortly after midnight by police responding to a report of gunshots at the basketball court in the 600 block of Cumberland St.

When officers arrived at 12:10 a.m. today, they found the boy lying face down on the basketball court.

Police said the youth was walking across the court when he was shot multiple times in the back. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Robbery was ruled out as a motive since the teen-ager still had money in his pockets and was wearing jewelry. The youth was identified at the scene by a relative.

A malfunctioning electrical switch automatically shut down Unit 2 at the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in York County yesterday morning, according to Philadelphia Electric Co.

There was no emergency or release of radiation, PECO said.

PECO spokesman Bill Jones said the problem was apparently caused when a switch opened at a substation outside the plant near Delta. That caused the unit's turbine to trip and shut down the reactor, which was operating at 97 percent of full power.

Mr. Jones said the cause of the malfunction was being investigated. The unit is expected to be brought back up in a few days, he said. Peach Bottom's Unit 3 was not affected by the shutdown and is operating at 95 percent of full power.

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Starting today, baseball fans who take the commuter train to Oriole Park at Camden Yards will get extra time at the new ballpark.

Maryland Rail Commuter trains to Orioles games will arrive 20 to 30 minutes earlier for the remainder of the season, according to the Mass Transit Administration.

For tonight's 7:35 p.m. game against the Seattle Mariners, for instance, the "MARC to the Park" train from Brunswick is scheduled to arrive at 6:50 p.m. and the Camden Line train from Washington should arrive at 6:55 p.m.

"We just got so many requests from people who wanted a little more time at the ballgames that we decided to make the trains run earlier," said Dianna Rosborough, an MTA spokeswoman.

New timetables are available at all MARC stations. Customers can also call the MTA at 539-5000 or MARC at 1-800-325-RAIL for information or to obtain MARC schedules by mail.

Trains will continue to depart 20 minutes after the game's final out and will begin boarding at the beginning of the ninth inning.

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A Delaware woman was killed and her husband critically injured in a one-car accident in Wicomico County last night, State Police said.

Trisha Hadder, 23, of Whitesville, was pronounced dead at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury after the 6:30 p.m. accident, police said. Her husband, Kenneth Hadder, 29, is in critical condition at the hospital.

Police said Mrs. Hadder was driving a 1977 Ford Grenada west on Md. 346 in Parsonsburg when the vehicle left the road on a curve and hit a utility pole, police said.

Baltimore City:

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA, the nation's oldest active veterans organization, begins its annual convention today at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel with videotaped messages from President Bush and Democratic challenger Bill Clinton.

The more than 1,000 delegates expected at the five-day convention will hear from a wide range of speakers who deal with issues relevant to combat and non-combat veterans alike.

Scheduled to address the organization is Neal Shur, director of the office of special investigations for the Department of Justice. Mr. Shur oversees the investigation and prosecution of former Nazis who now live in the United States.

Also scheduled to speak is Lt. Gen. D'Wayne Gray, chief benefits director of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

General Gray heads the Veterans Benefits Administration, which is responsible for most non-medical benefits administered by Veterans Affairs Department.

Anne Arundel County:

An Ecuadorean citizen who jumped bond after being charged in a shooting in Annapolis two years ago is back in the county Detention Center after spending 16 months in a Spanish jail.

And this time, Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. isn't taking any chances. He ordered Raul Eduardo Guevara, 46, of the 1100 block of Oak Ave. in Shadyside held without bond to await his trial for assault with intent to murder.

Mr. Guevara is accused of shooting Thomas Dyer Hibble on Feb. 3, 1990.

Court records show that Mr. Hibble was among a number of people who crashed a party at a house in the 1100 block of Bay View Ave.

Carroll County:

An apparent shortage of psychiatric hospital beds for adolescents has brought teen-agers from across the state to Carroll County General Hospital's psychiatric wing.

More than 500 patients have moved through the 20-bed, $408-a-day psychiatric unit at the Westminster hospital since July 1991.

Although 12 beds originally were allotted for adolescents, teen-agers have contributed to an average daily population of 16 in the unit. Linda Harder, vice president for marketing called that number "tremendous for a start-up year." Teen-age patients stay an average of 21 days.

The Baltimore-based Glass Mental Health Centers Inc. provides psychiatric and psychological services to the patients, in the unit's separate facilities for teens and adults.

A psychiatric technical advisory committee is looking into statewide needs for short-term psychiatric care for adolescents and adults.

Harford County:

When renewing your driver's license or taking a driving test at the Motor Vehicle Administration Office in Bel Air, you'll also be able to register to vote.

The fourth voter registration booth at an MVA office in Maryland opened yesterday at the Route 24 site.

"People moving into an area come to the MVA to change the address on their driver's license. It's a real convenience for them to have the voter registration booth there," said Lisa Shenkel, MVA public affairs director.

The booth, staffed by election office personnel, will be open during MVA business hours for voter registration requests or changes of address in time for the Nov. 3 general election.

Harford County voters have until 9 p.m. Oct. 5 to make any address changes or switch parties on their voting records. Absentee ballot applications will be accepted until Oct. 27.

For information call Rita Dather, election administrator, at 638-3565.

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