TOWSON -- An Essex man was charged...


TOWSON -- An Essex man was charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son, police said yesterday.

Gary Allen Deese, 31, of the 300 block of Farwind Drive is #F accused of causing the death of Kyle Gary Faust on Feb. 8. The child was taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

An autopsy, followed by additional tests, determined that the child had died of blunt-force trauma to the head, according to charging documents. Deese was charged Wednesday and taken the Baltimore County Detention Center. Bail was denied.

Man sentenced to life in death of girlfriend


TOWSON -- County Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II sentenced an Upper Marlboro man to life without parole yesterday for the stabbing death of his Woodlawn girlfriend in September 1997.

Darryl J. Medley stabbed Rae Antoinette Corpening 83 times during an argument, said prosecutors at his June trial. Medley told jurors he stabbed Corpening in self-defense, saying she attacked him with a knife after they "had a little argument."

Assistant State's Attorney Robin S. Coffin said Medley repeated his claim yesterday that he was defending himself. Neighbors learned of the murder when the couple's 4-year-old daughter went to the neighbor's home at 4 a.m. crying, "My mommy's dead."

Man, 76, dies after blaze in Hillendale rowhouse


HILLENDALE -- One man died after a fire burned out a two-story brick rowhouse early yesterday, fire officials said.

Donald Bruce Plummer, 76, of the 1500 block of Dellsway Road was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Medical Center, said Baltimore County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard. Plummer's daughter, her husband and their 11-year-old daughter managed to escape the blaze that began shortly after midnight in the basement, Hubbard said.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death was not complete yesterday, and the fire remained under investigation, Hubbard said. He estimated the damage at $50,000 to $70,000.

Officers criticize notification in jail hepatitis outbreak


TOWSON -- County corrections officers met yesterday with health officials and Corrections Administrator Dorothy M. Williams to complain about what some felt was a lack of notification about four cases of hepatitis A found among inmates last week.

James L. Clark, president of the Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees, AFL-CIO, said he got 50 calls from worried and angry officers after the cases at the detention center became public. He said county officials ignored early signs of illness in an inmate who worked in the kitchen and failed to warn officers -- charges Williams denied after the meeting.

Williams said the county distributed a fact sheet to officers the day the outbreak was confirmed and had an "adequate" response to the illnesses. State health officials said no more cases have been found.

A police major who was named commander of the Northern District 18 months ago is being transferred to a grant-writing job in the downtown headquarters building, effective Sunday.

A police spokesman said Maj. Robert Novak's transfer is a routine move by Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier, who likes to rotate his commanders among jobs. Assuming command of the Northern District, also Sunday, will be Maj. Robert F. Bielmiller, who now works in Frazier's office.

The Northern District includes some of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods, including Homeland, Guilford and Blythewood, where Frazier lives. "The community has given me a lot of support," Novak said. "It was a pleasure to work with everyone."

Patterson Park sleep out set for tonight

The Southeastern District Police Community Relations Council and the Patterson Park Neighborhoods Initiative (PPNI) will sponsor a sleep out at Patterson Park from 6 p.m. today to 8 a.m. tomorrow.

The Night Under the Stars is open to block representatives and neighbors who live within the Southeastern District and the boundaries of PPNI. Children must be accompanied by adults, and participants are encouraged to bring tents and sleeping bags.

Information: 410 276-8373.

Municipal employees launch Combined Charity Campaign

Municipal employees kicked off their Combined Charity Campaign yesterday with a goal of raising $1 million for such services as homelessness, youth counseling, medical research and literacy programs.

George G. Balog, director of the Department of Public Works, is chairman of the campaign, which is being conducted in conjunction with the United Way Campaign and will benefit more than 300 participating agencies.

L Last year, the municipal employees campaign raised $890,000.

Pub Date: 9/11/98

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