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Baltimore police are investigating the shooting death of a homeless man whose body was found Friday in the 6500 block of Pulaski Highway.

Detective David J. Brown Sr. said a city worker found the body shortly after 2 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso. Brown said the man appeared to have been dead for 12 to 18 hours. He declined to identify the victim, pending notification of his family.

The man, 58, was born in Harrisburg, Pa., and honorably discharged from the Air Force in the 1960s, Brown said. He asked anyone with information to call detectives at 410-369-2100.

Man injured in escape from rowhouse fire

A man was injured yesterday when he jumped from the third floor of an abandoned West Baltimore rowhouse to escape a three-alarm fire.

About 50 firefighters arrived at the 1200 block of Argyle Ave. at 5: 15 p.m. to battle the blaze, which destroyed the house just off Dolphin Street.

Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman, said that when firefighters arrived, they found an unidentified man hanging from the window trying to escape the flames. Torres said the man jumped from the window and was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was being treated last night.

Torres said firefighters quickly contained the fire. The cause is being investigated, he said.

HILLENDALE -- An off-duty, uniformed Baltimore police officer was robbed at gunpoint yesterday of his 9 mm Glock service handgun in the parking lot of his Baltimore County apartment complex, police said.

Phillip Tabron, 29, had returned home from an overnight shift and was cleaning out his car trunk about 9: 40 a.m. when two men in their late teens or early 20s approached him, county police said. One drew a gun and demanded Tabron's weapon, police said. The two then fled on foot.

Tabron has been a city police officer since 1994 and is assigned to the city's Northern District. City police are assisting in the investigation.

COLUMBIA -- Friday is the submission deadline for the "Letters About Literature" contest sponsored by the Maryland Center for the Book at the Howard County library, the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and Weekly Reader Corp.

To enter, the pupil must write a letter to an author -- living or dead -- explaining how the writer's book changed the pupil's view of the world. An entry form may be obtained by calling the center in Columbia at 410-313-7750, or online at

National winners will receive $1,000 savings bonds. First-place winners in Maryland will receive $100 awards. Entries are divided into Level I, for pupils in grades four through seven, and Level II for grades eight through 12.

Kids Helping Kids gathers 143,747 pounds of food

Kids Helping Kids, a 2-year-old program in schools to collect food for needy families, has gathered 143,747 pounds of food, almost 10 percent more than the first year's total of 131,803 pounds.

The three-week November drive in 141 Maryland elementary, middle and high schools was part of Harvest for the Hungry, the year-round emergency food program founded in 1987 by Larry Adam Jr. It replenishes supplies at the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore and its counterparts around the state.

Harvest helps children who live in comfortable circumstances to learn about others' hunger, collect food and earn credit for their service learning requirement.

Three men killed in 2 weekend car accidents

Three men were killed in two automobile accidents late Friday and early yesterday, state police said.

Clayton E. Daniels Jr., 29, of the 1600 block of Forest Park Ave. in Baltimore was killed about 6 a.m. yesterday when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel, state Trooper J. D. Uhler said. He said Daniels' 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee overturned on eastbound Interstate 70 near the Baltimore Beltway.

Shortly before 11: 30 p.m. Friday, two unidentified men were killed when their rented Ford Ranger truck with Virginia license plates careened off a concrete barrier on an Interstate 95 ramp in Prince George's County and plunged about 75 feet, state police said.

Both accidents are being investigated, police said.

Pub Date: 12/13/98

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