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Detectives rule man's death after beating at home is homicide

The death of a man found beaten unconscious in his North Baltimore home has been ruled a homicide, police said yesterday.

James Chilis, 80, of the 4500 block of Underwood Road died Friday as a result of the attack Nov. 7. Chilis, who suffered brain damage and fractured ribs, was the second fatality in a string of attacks on older residents of four neighborhoods late last year.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Albert Marcus at 410-396- 2100.

2 sought in fatal shooting of man in his rowhouse

Police continue to seek two men and a motive in the fatal shooting Saturday night of a man in his West Baltimore rowhouse.

Detective Roscoe Lewis said two men, one armed with a handgun, forced their way into the home of DeWayne LaCruz, 24, of the 1300 block of N. Stricker St. about 9: 15 p.m. after his father answered the front door. One of the men shot the victim at least once during a brief chase in the home. Lewis said LaCruz was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone knowing the identities of the men or a motive for the killing is asked to call the homicide squad at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

Essex campus to hold events for Women's History Month

ESSEX -- The Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County will celebrate Women's History Month in March with events ranging from "Unlacing the Victorian Woman" to a discussion of Baltimore's contribution to jazz.

All events will take place on the Essex campus, 7201 Rossville Blvd. The first program will be March 3.

Information: 410-780-6846.

Red Cross to describe work reuniting families

RANDALLSTOWN -- The American Red Cross will present a program on reuniting families separated during the Holocaust at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Randallstown branch library at 8604 Liberty Road.

Holocaust survivor Dehli Strummer will talk about her experiences, and the Red Cross will explain the work of its Holocaust and War Victims Tracing and Information Center. Information: 410-887-0770.

Pupils to present operetta on Benjamin Banneker's life

OVERLEA -- McCormick Elementary School pupils will present a two-act operetta tomorrow and Wednesday on the life of Benjamin Banneker at the Overlea school.

The opera -- written by three county teachers, Marian Briscuso, Cyrilla Hergenhan Bolster and Debbie McClintock -- helps pupils learn about the free African-American and 18th-century Marylander who became a self-taught watchmaker, mathematician, surveyor, astronomer and almanac author.

The operetta features a Greek-inspired chorus, narrators and soloists re-enacting and singing about Banneker's life. It will be presented at 9: 30 a.m. tomorrow and at 9: 30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the school, 5101 Hazelwood Ave.

Pub Date: 2/22/99

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