State prison officials announced yesterday that they...


State prison officials announced yesterday that they will test those arrested and held at the city Central Booking and Intake Center for syphilis to combat the city's syphilis epidemic.

Between 8,000 and 9,000 inmates at the center will be given voluntary blood tests for the disease each year as part of a program funded with state and federal grants, said Dr. Mack Bonner, medical director for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Roughly 20 percent of the women and 5 percent of the men being held at the center are infected, he said.

Statistics released in January ranked Baltimore No. 1 in the nation for syphilis, with the number of reported cases per 100,000 residents more than tripling between 1990 and 1996.

At least 1 competitor to protest no-bid contract

City leaders are expected to approve a contract today that is expected to draw protest from least one competitor because the $500,000 contract was never put out for public bid.

Arthur C. Robinson of Full Circle Solutions Inc. is expected to protest to the Board of Estimates about the computer network informations contract being given to Foundry Inc. He charges that the city is stifling competition.

But John Miller, chief of the Bureau of Purchases, said the four-month contract is not being put out for public bid because only Foundry Inc. has the expertise to work on the city's computer information system.

Hearing today on increase in city water, sewer rates

A hearing on a proposed 8 percent increase in residential water and sewer rates will be held at 9 a.m. today at the Board of Estimates in City Hall.

The price of water that the city sells to Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll and Howard counties would also rise by 8 percent, but the local governments would decide whether to pass on the increase to residential users.

In the city, the increase means an average household of four would pay about $29 more than the $368 a year it now pays. The increase would take effect July 1.

Man found fatally shot on street in Pimlico

City police investigating the fatal shooting last night of an unidentified man on a Northwest Baltimore street said no arrest had been made and that they knew of no motive for the slaying.

Sgt. Errol E. Etting of the homicide squad said Northwestern District uniform police responding to a report of a shooting about 10: 20 p.m. in the 3000 block of Woodland Ave. near Delaware Avenue in Pimlico found the may lying in the street.

Etting said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene from a bullet wound to the head and that anyone having information about the incident is asked to call the homicide squad at 410-396-2100.

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Hayfields Country Club granted liquor license

TOWSON -- The county liquor board granted John, Peter and Samuel Mangione a special club liquor license on Monday to serve members of the new Hayfields Country Club golf course facility, due to open on Shawan Road west of Interstate 83 late next month.

Preservationists had fought the Mangiones' plan to develop the country club and nearby homesites at the historic farm, seen by many as a bulwark against development in the county's rustic, wealthy central valleys.

Another new license was approved for a restaurant in the Days Inn motel in the 5800 block of Baltimore National Pike.

Patrol officer charged with passing bad checks


TOWSON -- A county patrol officer assigned to the Garrison precinct has been suspended without pay after being charged with passing two bad checks at a Wal-Mart, police said yesterday.

Kenneth W. Brown, 29, was charged this week in a criminal summons with writing two checks that did not clear, said police spokesman Bill Toohey. One check was for $219; the other was for $359, Toohey said. The larger check carries a felony charge because it is more than $300, Toohey said.

The checks were written last July, Toohey said. No court date had been set. Brown has been a member of the department since 1995, according to Toohey. Any internal administrative action will wait until after the criminal proceeding is over, he said.

Man, 77, found dead in home died from blow to head


TURNERS STATION -- A 77-year-old man found dead in his home by a neighbor died from a blow to the head, county police said yesterday.

Clarence Grover Shipp-Bey of the 500 block of Main Street was hit with an unidentified weapon, said police spokesman Bill Toohey, and the death was declared a homicide yesterday after his body was evaluated by the medical examiner.

Shipp-Bey was found late Monday afternoon. His house was not broken into and appeared undisturbed, Toohey said. Police have no suspects, but have had many calls offering tips and help from area residents who were fond of the elderly man.

Pub Date: 6/24/98

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