ROSEDALE -- A 77-year-old woman found dead...


ROSEDALE -- A 77-year-old woman found dead Monday was probably a homicide victim because signs of ransacking and a struggle were discovered in her bedroom, police said yesterday.

Hedwig Krezwinski Samelko, who lived alone in the 1700 block of Summit Ave., was discovered about 7 p.m. when her nephew, a county police detective, went to check on her and found her body on her bed, police said. Police are awaiting an autopsy report.

Police said that money was taken and that no signs of forced entry were apparent, but a rear door was unlocked. They believe that she might have been killed Saturday because her nephew tried unsuccessfully to call her several times over the weekend.

Liquor board drops charges after officer misses hearing


TOWSON -- Charges that two Pulaski Highway bars served liquor to an underage, undercover county police cadet have been dismissed because a police officer did not get to the liquor board hearing on the cases.

Capt. Brian A. Uppercue, a police spokesman, said the liquor board had been told that the officer bringing the charges was delayed, but the board chose to dismiss the cases against the owners of L. A. Cheers in the 10700 block of Pulaski and the Pleasant Inn in the 11700 block. They were accused of serving a minor Nov. 17 without asking for identification.

In other action Monday, the board imposed a $500 fine on Brian M. Boston for buying liquor retail instead of from Maryland-licensed wholesalers for Boston's Restaurant in the 200 block of Back River Neck Road. The board then approved the transfer of the liquor license to Harris T. Zipkin, a new owner.

24 apply for position as schools superintendent


TOWSON -- Twenty-four candidates from 11 states applied by last week's deadline to be Baltimore County's next superintendent of schools. Most are from the East Coast -- eight from Maryland -- and the rest are from California, Colorado, Michigan and Ohio, the school board announced yesterday without divulging names.

The board has set a June 30 deadline for filling the post, but President Calvin Disney said yesterday that he expects a decision earlier. Anthony G. Marchione, interim superintendent since Stuart Berger was ousted last summer, said yesterday that he is among the candidates.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday marked the opening of a new YMCA youth and family support center in a previously vacant wing of Harlem Park Community School in the West Baltimore empowerment zone.

The YMCA Family Resource Center in the 1500 block of Harlem Ave. will offer services to elementary and middle school students and residents, ranging from after-school enrichment classes in math and science to referrals for alcohol and drug treatment.

The center, renovated with a $160,000 state grant, is the first of a dozen similar projects the YMCA hopes to open in the city in the next five years, officials said.

Public hearings today for Schmoke appointees

The City Council has scheduled public hearings today on the reconfirmations of four Schmoke administration appointees.

Marlyn J. Perritt, director of the Department of Recreation and Parks, will answer questions from council members and the public at 7 p.m. in City Hall. Ms. Perritt needs a majority vote from council members to keep her job.

Reappointment hearings will be held at 11 a.m. in City Hall for Melvin Harris, labor commissioner; Donna R. Gaither, executive director of the Commission for Women; and Peggy Watson, deputy director of finance.

Man found stabbed to death in his Waverly home

Police had few leads yesterday in the fatal stabbing of a Waverly man whose body was found Monday afternoon in his house in the 3700 block of Yolando Road near Memorial Stadium.

Joseph Stumpfel, 55, had been stabbed repeatedly, police said.

Investigators said they believe that Mr. Stumpfel was killed Sunday night or early Monday in an apparent robbery. They would not release other details.

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