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Maryland Newswatch

November 13, 1991

BALTIMORE CITY — Bullets hit school windows

Bullets fired while two men engaged in a gunfight outside an elementary school in East Baltimore shattered two windowpanes occupied classrooms, city police said.

There were no injuries reported during the shooting yesterday afternoon outside Johnston Square Elementary School in the 1100 block of Valley St., police said.

About 1:15 p.m. yesterday, two men -- one standing at Biddle and Wilcox streets and the other on Valley Street -- opened fire at each other with handguns, police said.

"Three bullets entered the school," said Dennis Hill, a city police spokesman. "Two through Room 103 and one through Room 104."

There were 21 students in each class where the bullets ripped through the windows, Hill said. The students were unharmed.

Police recovered two shell casings on the school grounds and one projectile on a shelf in a cabinet of Room 103, Hill said.

The gunmen have not been found.

School officials boarded up the windows where the shots came through.

Man's slaying investigated:

City homicide detectives today were investigating the death of a 29-year-old man gunned down last night in Cherry Hill for no apparent reason.

The victim, Leon Baker, of the 2800 block of Bookert Drive, was standing in the 600 block of Cherry Hill Road about 7:30 p.m. when a man wearing a long white coat walked up and shot him twice, police said.

Baker died at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore.

Kennedy Institute adds name:

Baltimore's Kennedy Institute will change its name Jan. 1 to recognize the generosity of one of its largest donors, attorney and philanthropist Zanvyl Krieger.

The Kennedy Krieger Institute, as it will be known, recently received a $5 million gift from Krieger, who once was a part owner of the Baltimore Orioles and the Baltimore Colts.

"Zanvyl Krieger has quietly become the nation's leading individual philanthropist supporting brain science," said Kennedy Institute President Gary Goldstein. "Our new name . . . recognizes his extraordinary commitment to the field."

Originally named in memory of President John F. Kennedy, who also supported university-affiliated programs for children with disabilities, the institute each year serves more than 6,000 children with neurological disabilities and trains 150 professionals. It will soon embark on a $25 million capital campaign to renovate and expand its facilities.

Man's death sentence rejected

Maryland State

The Court of Appeals has overturned the death sentence of a Baltimore County man convicted of breaking into his neighbor's apartment, killing the husband and raping the wife.

The court yesterday ordered a new trial for Art Richardson

because the trial judge allowed a police witness to read a statement giving jurors a third-hand account of statements allegedly made by Richardson.

The court described the testimony as "multiple-level hearsay" because it came to police from a friend of Richardson's who heard it from another man who said he heard it from Richardson.

The court reversed Richardson's convictions for murder, rape, burglary, robbery and use of a handgun. In addition to the death sentence, he was sentenced by Judge Lloyd Simpkins in Somerset County Circuit Court to two consecutive life sentences for rape and a first-degree sexual offense.

Richardson was convicted of shooting his neighbor on Nov. 14, 1987, after breaking into the seventh-floor apartment from a balcony that connected the two apartments. After killing the husband, he raped the wife three times over a period of three or four hours.

The woman, whose name was withheld by the court to protect her identity, was "confused and inconsistent in her initial attempts to identify the assailant or assailants," the seven-member appeals court said in a unanimous opinion.

Given the confused nature of the rape victim's testimony, "we cannot conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that the error was harmless," the appeals court said.

Redistricting foes file suit

Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County opponents of the state's new congressional redistricting law have filed suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore asking that the plan be declared invalid.

The suit, filed yesterday, said the legislature should be given until Dec. 1 to come up with a new plan. If that doesn't happen, opponents want the federal court to devise a plan.

The redistricting plan was adopted by the legislature last month after almost four weeks of battling between the Senate and House of Delegates. The new districts will be used for election of the state's eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives in the next four elections beginning in 1992.

Republicans and Democrats in Anne Arundel have united to oppose the plan because it divides the county among four congressional districts.

From one farm to 171 houses?

Baltimore County

Despite three previous refusals by Baltimore County to change the zoning of Hayfields, a 475-acre farm at the intersection of Interstate 83 and Shawan Road, the owner has submitted a new request.

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