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A ministers' group is to announce today...


A ministers' group is to announce today its support of a City Council bill that would tax cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco 36 cents to 90 cents per sale.

The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of 200 pastors, with a combined congregation exceeding 20,000, will make the announcement at 11 a.m. at Koinonia Baptist Church, 2406 Greenmount Ave. Tobacco shop owners are opposing the tax as discriminatory.

The council is expected to vote on the bill in about a week.

Police determine identity of victim in fatal beating

Police yesterday identified the man who was found beaten to death on the parking lot of a Northeast Baltimore tavern early Monday as Joseph Brown of the 5600 block of Kavon Ave.

Brown was between 30 and 35 and a resident of the nearby Belmar neighborhood, police said. A passer-by found his body about 7 a.m. at the edge of a gravel parking lot behind the Hubcap Inn in the 6000 block of Belair Road.

Police said Brown, who suffered severe head injuries, was seen leaving the inn about 1 a.m. while arguing with several other men.

3 inmates are charged in fatal stabbings of 2 others

Three inmates at the state-operated Baltimore City Detention Center were charged yesterday in the fatal stabbings of two other inmates, state police said.

Police said Donta Brooks, 19, was charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Scott Montague, 20, of the 800 block of N. Bentalou St., who was found dead in his cell Sept. 13. Brooks and Montague were being held on murder charges.

Allen Wallace, 24, and Anthony Jennings, 24, were charged in the death of John Jackson, 19, on Oct. 30, police said. Jackson, who was serving time for car theft, was stabbed several times while being transferred from one section of the center to another. No other information was available on any of those charged.

TOWSON -- County police will hold an open house at 7 p.m. tomorrow in each police precinct station for anyone interested in joining the Explorer program.

The program, chartered each year by the Boy Scouts of America, is open to males and females between ages 14 and 20 who can attend two meetings a month.

Explorers learn about criminal and traffic laws, crime investigation and prevention and other law enforcement fields. They also help with traffic direction, security and communications within the Police Department.

New council members to be sworn in Monday


TOWSON -- Because of Monday's 11 a.m. inauguration ceremonies for newly elected public officials at the Towson Center, the Baltimore County Council's first meeting will be held at 2: 30 p.m. rather than at the usual time of 7: 30 p.m.

New councilmen Wayne M. Skinner, a Towson Republican, and John A. Olszewski, a Dundalk Democrat, will start their terms in office with re-elected county executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger and new courthouse officials. They will vote on their first legislation at the meeting after their swearing-in and a brief reception.

Skinner and Olszewski attended the council's informal work session yesterday to hear testimony on several bills and contracts on which they will vote.

Pub Date: 12/02/98

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