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Unidentified man's body found at Gwynns Falls

BALTIMORE -- The body of an unidentified man who had been shot to death, wrapped in plastic and then dumped in the Gwynns Falls was discovered yesterday morning floating in the water, police said.

The decomposed body was found about 6:55 a.m. near the Baltimore Refuse Energy Systems Co. plant in the 1800 block of Annapolis Road, police said. It was discovered by a truck driver who had made a stop at the plant, police said.

Detectives said the victim had been shot twice. He was apparently then wrapped in plastic and thrown into the water, they said.

The homicide is the city's 153rd of 1994, compared with 190 at this time last year, police said.

School board names six new principals


TOWSON -- The Baltimore County school board has approved the appointment of the following new principals for the &r; 1994-1995 school year:

* Bedford Elementary -- Barbara A. Clark, from assistant principal at Westowne Elementary.

* Fifth District Elementary -- Susan H. Deise, from assistant principal at Hampton Elementary.

* Franklin Elementary -- Richard W. West, from assistant principal at Franklin Middle School.

* Hernwood Elementary -- Karin L. Bunch, from assistant principal at Featherbed Lane.

* McCormick Elementary -- Kathleen M. Lindauer, from assistant principal at Middlesex Elementary.

* Winand Elementary -- Shirley H. Harden, from principal at Hernwood. The earlier appointment of Leonard Singleton of Hampton, Va., as principal of Winand was rescinded by the board.

10th District coalition endorses Mintz


RANDALLSTOWN -- A coalition of legislative candidates in Baltimore County's new, majority black 10th District has endorsed County Councilman Melvin G. Mintz of Pikesville for county executive in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary

Harold G. Gordon, a state Senate candidate heading a ticket that includes delegate candidates Lougene O. Williams and Robert E. Vassar Sr., said the group decided to take the unusual step of taking sides in the four-way Democratic primary for executive.

Mr. Gordon, who challenged Mr. Mintz unsuccessfully in the 1990 council race, said he hopes early support of Mr. Mintz will give his group entree to the executive's office should Mr. Mintz win.

Mr. Mintz, who is white, said the endorsement by black candidates shows he has support in the African-American community, but he made it clear that he would not endorse Mr. Gordon's ticket in return. Such an endorsement would alienate a rival 10th District ticket headed by Del. Delores G. Kelley.

The new 10th, created with a black majority after the 1990 census to help elect African-American candidates, runs along the Liberty Road corridor in Randallstown and dips into West Baltimore.

Schaefer appoints Daub to school board


ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. William Donald Schaefer appointed Richard Wesley Daub Jr. Monday to a five-year term on the Harford County school board, replacing Percy V. Williams, whose term ended June 30.

Mr. Daub, of Havre de Grace, is a control technician in the Bethlehem Steel Corp. blast furnace division at Sparrows Point.

He also is president of the Havre de Grace Elementary School PTA, an assistant scoutmaster of Cub Scout Pack 967 and a member of the Havre de Grace Elementary School Advisory Committee.

Mr. Williams, 80, had a long career as an educator, including two terms on the school board and two stints as its president.

Carolina murder suspect is arrested on I-95


ABERDEEN -- A North Carolina man wanted on a murder charge was arrested yesterday afternoon after a trooper pulled his car over for speeding on Interstate 95, Maryland State Police said.

Derrick Murphy, 22, of Lewiston, N.C., was arrested about 4:45 ++ p.m. after the trooper ran a warrant check and learned that he was wanted by police in Scotland Neck, N.C.

Mr. Murphy is charged with fatally shooting Derrick Wright, 20, of Washington, D.C., on May 14 during an argument the two men had in Scotland Neck, located just off I-95 near Rocky Mount, N.C., said Lt. Jesus Fernandez of the Scotland Neck Police Department.

Mr. Wright was shot in the head at a house. It is unclear what the argument was about, Lieutenant Fernandez said.

Mr. Murphy was being held at the Harford County Detention Center last night. Police in Scotland Neck will seek to have Mr. Murphy extradited to North Carolina, Lieutenant Fernandez said.

Belcamp man injured when car hits trailer


BELCAMP -- A 65-year-old Belcamp man was in serious but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday after driving his car across three lanes of Interstate 95 and crashing into the rear of a state lawn-mowing crew's trailer and truck parked on the shoulder, state police said.

The driver, James Ray Sexton, was headed north at the Route 543 exit about 11 a.m. when his 1980 Ford Thunderbird veered from the fast lane toward the right shoulder, police said.

Police were unable to say what caused Mr. Sexton to veer off the road.

Highway crew members were away from their vehicle and were not injured, state police said.

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