TOWSON -- Two Baltimore men have been...


TOWSON -- Two Baltimore men have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the 1991 fatal stabbings of two others in what investigators believed was a robbery in a Rockland Hills apartment, county police said yesterday.

Charged were Larry Andre Coates, 34, who was arrested Aug. 13 by county police at his home in the first block of N. Port St., and Michael Anthony Holmes, 26, who was arrested yesterday morning in the 600 block of N. Augusta Ave. by a team from the Maryland Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force. His last known address was in the 1600 block of Argonne Drive.

Police said both had been questioned shortly after the killings of Chidi Ezeanya and Philip Anyaorah, both 30, June 26, 1991, at Ezeanya's apartment in the 1800 block of Rambling Ridge Lane. New information uncovered through recent interviews led to the arrests, police said.

Former counselor sentenced in sexual abuse case


TOWSON -- A former county recreation counselor was sentenced yesterday to six months in jail -- followed by a year of home detention -- for sexually abusing boys ages 11 to 13 between 1979 and 1984.

Stephen Wayne Cormack, 47, was suspended from his counseling job in Parkville. He has been working as a driver for a florist since the allegations became public last August after one of Cormack's victims was charged with sexual abuse, then implicated Cormack in the earlier incident and obtained a taped apology from him.

Cormack pleaded guilty in May to child abuse and a second-degree sex offense. County Circuit Judge John Grason Turnbull II denied a request by Cormack's lawyer for a suspended sentence. Turnbull said jail time was necessary because Cormack's acts -- which included showing pornographic magazines to at least four boys, engaging them in strip poker games and touching their genitals -- were "reprehensible."

Hearing officer promises ruling on duplexes soon


REISTERSTOWN -- After hearing testimony yesterday on whether a planned 66-unit development of back-to-back duplexes would be compatible with other neighborhoods near Reisterstown's historic Main Street, a county hearing officer said he will issue a ruling within three weeks.

The developer's architects told hearing officer Lawrence E. Schmidt that the development of "neo-traditional" houses would fit in well with surrounding homes and businesses, but a nearby resident complained that the houses would be too large and too close to his property.

Schmidt, the county zoning commissioner, delayed approval for the project in June, ordering county planners to conduct a compatibility study. Under recommendations issued this month by the planning office, the project likely would have to be scaled back.

DuWayne Ransom, 27, of the 3300 block of Glen Ave. in Northwest Baltimore was fatally shot about 11: 45 p.m. Wednesday in the 4600 block of Maine Ave., said Agent Robert W. Weinhold, a police spokesman.

Weinhold said two men, who were seen talking to Ransom just before he was shot, drove away toward Liberty Heights Avenue in a blue car.

Pub Date: 8/30/96

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