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2nd suspect in rape, robbery and beating surrenders to police

ESSEX -- The second of two men charged in a rape and robbery last month surrendered to police yesterday, officials said.

James T. Fox, 24, of the 2000 block of Channel Road, Pylesville, is accused of raping a woman and robbing and beating her male companion early on the morning of Jan. 23. He is charged with first-degree rape, assault and robbery. On Tuesday, police arrested Keith A. Miller, also 24, a Pennsylvania man charged in the case.

Also arrested yesterday was Fox's wife, Victoria Fox, 43. She is charged with witness intimidation in the case. Police say she is accused of offering a victim $1,000 not to testify against Fox.

Police warn residents after robberies and thefts

PERRY HALL -- Area residents have reported two robberies and four thefts in the past three weeks. Police believe the same man is responsible for all six, and are asking residents to be wary of strangers in the area.

The man appears in the late afternoon or early evening, and offers to carry groceries into the house, asks to use the telephone or see the inside of a house for sale, police said yesterday. He then steals purses. In one case, he implied he had a weapon and took a purse, credit cards and cash.

The man is described as 35 to 45, white, 5 feet 10 inches, of medium build, short dark hair with bangs and a full mustache. He drives a dark pickup truck.

Appellate court again affirms Wiggins' death sentence

ANNAPOLIS -- For the second time, the state's highest court has affirmed the murder conviction and death sentence of Kevin Wiggins, who was convicted by a Baltimore County jury of the 1988 robbery and murder of a 77-year-old Woodlawn woman.

The Maryland Court of Appeals, which first upheld Wiggins' conviction in 1991, found no fault yesterday with the post-conviction. Joined in a dissent by Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Judge John C. Eldridge wrote that he felt prosecutors failed to show that Wiggins was the killer of Florence Georgiana Lacs. Only the killer, not an accomplice, can be put to death. Defense attorney Donald B. Verrilli Jr. said he would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

State board OKs study for veterans home site

ANNAPOLIS -- The state Board of Public Works approved yesterday a study to consider whether a new veterans home should be built on the grounds of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Fort Howard in Baltimore County.

The $57,909 contract, for a 90-day, two-part study, was awarded to Bay Area Economics of Silver Spring.

The study will determine the need for a new facility and make recommendations on the size of the home and the scope of needed services.

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UM research scientist wins $1 million fellowship

A scientist at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute is one of 10 scholars worldwide to receive a $1 million grant from the McDonnell Foundation.

Mercedes Pascual, whose work centers on mathematical models of ecological systems, has 10 years to use the McDonnell Centennial Research Fellowship. The grants were given to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of James S. McDonnell, whose company became McDonnell Douglas Corp.

"The expanded time frame will offer an opportunity to focus on research that emerges as the most important," said Pascual, a research assistant professor at the institute's Center of Marine Biotechnology in Columbus Center in the Inner Harbor.

NAACP joins middle school in program to advise pupils

The city branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has teamed with Dunbar Middle School in a mentoring program.

Gwendolyn Statham, Dunbar Middle School principal, said 13 pupils were selected, based on applications from their parents or guardians. To participate in the free program, Statham said, parents had to attend evening sessions offered by the NAACP where they talked about why they wanted mentors for their children.

Participating pupils will be matched with a volunteer mentor at a reception at 5: 30 p.m. today in the second-floor library of the school at 501 N. Caroline St.

Police seek man who fought with fatal shooting victim

Police investigating a fatal shooting Tuesday night in South Baltimore said yesterday they were seeking a man with whom the victim was fighting.

Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman, said Robert Whitfield, 21, of the 3100 block of E. Monument St. was fighting with another man about 11: 30 p.m. in the 900 block of Stoll St. in Brooklyn when he was fatally shot.

Pub Date: 2/11/99

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