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Police officer injured in crash; two men arrested after chase

PARKVILLE -- One county police officer was injured and two men were arrested after an early-morning chase yesterday that ended when a police cruiser crashed into a stolen car.

The pursuit began about 3: 25 a.m. after two men drove through a red light, drove away from a police officer and lost control of their car, said police spokesman Bill Toohey. The police cruiser, driven by Officer James Ward, rear-ended the car at Cub Hill and Old Harford roads.

Gary Heathcote, 18, of the 900 block of S. Decker Ave. in Highlandtown, and Dayson Wagner, 20, of the 400 block of Mirabile Lane in Essex were charged with auto theft, police said. Ward was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for minor injuries and released.

Hereford Middle pupil named a top Md. youth volunteer

HEREFORD -- Heather Feldheim, an eighth-grader at Hereford Middle School, has been named one of Maryland's top two youth volunteers for 1999 in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program honoring youth voluntarism.

Heather, 13, was honored for her work with "Kids Helping Hopkins," a program in which pupils help children their age who are undergoing treatment at the Children's Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Heather and Maryland's other winner -- Kristine Schmitz, a senior at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington -- each will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion and a trip in May to Washington, where they will be eligible to be named one of the nation's top youth volunteers.

In Baltimore City

High-rise owner to honor firefighters at reception

The owner of a downtown high-rise where an eight-alarm fire occurred Feb. 5 is sponsoring a reception for firefighters and other rescuers who helped evacuate residents and fight the blaze.

Southern Management Corp., owner of Charles Center Tower at Charles and Saratoga streets, said it will honor the more than 170 firefighters, with police officers and state police helicopter pilots at a banquet March 9 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The early-morning fire at the 30-story apartment building caused $3 million in damage and killed one woman. Firefighters were lowered from helicopters onto the roof to reach residents trapped on the 15th through 18th floors.

Death of woman in home on Ellamont St. was homicide

Police said yesterday that a woman found dead in her Southwest Baltimore home Saturday night died of asphyxiation, and the death has been ruled a homicide. The manner of the woman's death was not released.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said no motive has been found and no suspect arrested in the death of Constance Wills, 61, whose body was found by her daughter about 11 p.m. in a second-floor bedroom of the victim's home in the 1100 block of N. Ellamont St.

Cook-Hayes said anyone with information about the killing is asked to call the homicide squad at 410-396-2100.

Circuit Court jury acquits activist of assault charge

A Circuit Court jury has acquitted Little Italy activist Roberto Marsili of charges of reckless endangerment and second-degree assault stemming from a 1997 incident.

Marsili was accused of using his late-model Lincoln Town Car to run over Louis Boeri, publisher of a neighborhood newsletter, after a confrontation over a published article. Marsili, 66, was found guilty in District Court but appealed.

The jury rendered its decision last week after two days of testimony.

Forum to present program on Paul Robeson tomorrow

The Black/Jewish Forum of Baltimore will present a program on the life and art of actor and civil-rights activist Paul Robeson at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Calloway Room of the Moore Library at Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave.

"An Examination of Paul Robeson's Artistic, Political and Social Contributions" will start with a bring-your-own brown bag lunch at noon in the Mitchell Room on the ground floor of the library.

On display in the Calloway Room will be "Paul Robeson: Voice of the Ages," a national touring exhibit that honors the 100th anniversary of Robeson's birth. Information: 410-383-5869.

Pub Date: 2/23/99

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