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DUNDALK — DUNDALK -- Federal agents raided a gun shop yesterday and charged two men with violating federal gun laws, according to a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

James David Thompson, 33, and Kenneth Patrick Schlaile, 30, who live in apartments above Bush's Gun Shop in the 6900 block of Holabird Ave., were arrested and charged with violating federal gun laws that require them to keep records of the names, addresses and ages of every gun buyer.

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During the 10 a.m. raid, agents confiscated more than 70 firearms. The raid culminated a four-month joint ATF and Baltimore County police investigation, said bureau spokeswoman Sheree Mixell.

Catonsville man convicted in death of teen-ager

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TOWSON -- A Baltimore County Circuit Court jury convicted a Catonsville man yesterday of second-degree murder and arson in the death of a 16-year-old Millersville runaway.

David Michael Fischer, 21, of the 6000 block of Chesworth Road in Catonsville was accused of of killing Ji Na of the 1000 block of Rustling Oaks Drive. Her decomposed body was found in a shallow grave in Catonsville in April.

In the weeklong trial before Circuit Judge James T. Smith Jr., jurors deliberated two days before reaching a verdict yesterday at 6:30 p.m. No date for sentencing has been set.

Wreck involving 18-wheeler, 4 cars halts Beltway traffic

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BROOKLANDVILLE -- A midday accident involving a tractor-trailer and four cars stopped traffic on the inner loop of the Beltway for 35 minutes yesterday, but resulted in only minor injuries, Maryland State Police said.

The collision took place about 1 p.m. south of the Greenspring Avenue exit, when the driver of the 18-wheeler rear-ended two vehicles while trying to avoid hitting them. Two other cars were involved in the accident. Two motorists were taken to Sinai Hospital, where they were treated and released.

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Hearing to determine trustee is postponed

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TOWSON -- A hearing at which a judge was to name a trustee to oversee the money of wealthy real estate developer Ralph DeChiaro was postponed yesterday because one of the participants had a death in the family.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge John F. Fader II was to have named a trustee for trust funds with an estimated value of about $150 million. Fader is to decide whether lawyer John C. Evelius will remain as trustee or be replaced by lawyer Roger K. Garfink.

The hearing was rescheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.

The former owners of the Harem nightclub were sentenced to six months under house arrest yesterday for failing to report as income $230,000 that they skimmed from their strip club on The Block.

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Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Pamela L. North also ordered Paul Battaglia, 48, and Mahala Anderton Battaglia, 27, to pay $23,542 in taxes, penalties and interest for 1992 and 1993. The Battaglias pleaded guilty to state income tax violations Aug. 30, more than two years after state police raided the Harem and 22 other nightclubs in Baltimore's Block to uncover evidence of drug use and prostitution.

A state police investigator resigned after admitting he spent a night in a motel with Mahala Battaglia during the four-month undercover investigation that led to the raid. Prosecutors said the raid uncovered records showing that the Battaglias deposited cash receipts from the bar into Mahala Battaglia's personal bank account to avoid declaring it as income. The Battaglias have divorced and moved to neighboring counties in South Carolina, where they share custody of a son, 6.

Immigration experts to hold debate tomorrow

Two national experts will debate immigration policy at 12: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the University of Maryland School of Law's Moot Court Room, 500 W. Baltimore St.

Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, and William Chip, general counsel of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, will discuss "U.S. Immigration Policy: What Needs to Change?"

Sponsored by the law school's Federalist Society and its International Law Society, the debate will be moderated by Katherine Vaughns, associate professor of law. Information: 706-0023.

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Family support center to hold benefit dinner

The Family Place, a family support center in East Baltimore, will hold a benefit dinner Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at Martin's West. Tickets for the event, featuring WJZ-TV (Channel 13) anchorwoman Denise Koch as keynote speaker, are $50. Information: 563-8890.

Pub Date: 10/29/96


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