Police seek clues in slayingPolice today said they had no...


March 02, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY — Police seek clues in slaying

Police today said they had no suspect or motive in the fatal shooting early yesterday of James A. Kyle, of the 2000 block of Federal St., whose body was found on the sidewalk in the 2000 block of E. Hoffman St.

Mr. Kyle, whose age was not immediately known, was found shortly after 6 a.m. yesterday by a uniformed Eastern District police officer responding to a report of a shooting.

Police said Mr. Kyle, who was found about two blocks from his home, was pronounced dead at the scene by the crew of a city Fire Department ambulance. He had suffered multiple bullet wounds.

Police said no one in the immediate area reported hearing any gunshots or seeing anyone fleeing the scene.

Anyone having information about the slaying is urged to call the homicide squad at 396-2100.

Redistricting challenge:

Maryland State

The Maryland chapter of the NAACP plans to challenge the state's new legislative redistricting plan in court because it doesn't go far enough to give blacks fair representation, officials said.

The new plan, which became law just over a week ago, creates nine majority black senatorial districts throughout Maryland. But NAACP officials said up to 12 majority black senatorial districts could be drawn in Maryland, plus a 13th of mostly blacks, Hispanics and Asians.

Statewide, there are 47 senatorial districts, and Maryland is about 25 percent black.

"We are 99 percent sure that we are going to court," Herbert H. Lindsey said Saturday. He is voter registration chairman for the Maryland State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

No jackpot winner:

There was no jackpot winner in Saturday's Maryland's Lotto drawing, which was worth an estimated $2.5 million.

Wednesday's next Lotto drawing will be worth an estimated $3 million.

Rise in one-person homes:

Anne Arundel County

Rise in one-person homes: If you live alone, you're not alone.

An Anne Arundel County planner has released a report saying the number of county residents living alone has increased dramatically since 1960 and that by the year 2000, one in five homes in the county will have only a single occupant.

The report by Alexander D. Speer, titled "Demographic Trends, Average Household Size," uses 1990 census data and projections of county housing trends to predict a dramatic increase in the number of homes occupied by one person.

The report says the percentage of single-occupant homes in the county has risen steadily in the past 30 years, from 7.1 percent (or 3,651) in 1960 to 18 percent (27,161) in 1990, and projects it will rise to 20 percent (35,001) by the year 2000.

The figures are still below that of the national average of 25 percent, demographic experts say, but not by much.

Mr. Speer sent the report for review and comment about two weeks ago to the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments and the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments.

The report also compares average household sizes in seven Baltimore-area jurisdictions. The smallest household size was found in Baltimore County, which had an average of 2.53 people in each home in 1990. The largest was in Carroll, which had an average of 2.85.

Anne Arundel was near the middle, with an average 2.76 people per household, according to the report.

Standoff ends:

Baltimore County

Standoff ends: A 28-year-old Woodlawn-area man who refused to surrender to police after discharging a firearm outside his home last night was arrested and later hospitalized when he complained of chest pains.

No one was injured, police said.

Police at the Woodlawn District said Dominic Guerassio, of the 7500 block of Fairbrook Road in the Security Park Apartments, was being held overnight at Baltimore County General Hospital after he reportedly suffered chest pains and complained of feeling ill.

Mr. Guerassio, a carpenter, was arrested by members of the police Tactical Squad more than three hours after he stood outside his apartment and allegedly fired a handgun into the air.

Shortly before police officers arrived at the scene, the man retreated into his home and refused to come out. Attempts to reach the man by phone were unsuccessful.

When members of the Tactical Squad and a hostage negotiator arrived on the scene, they were able to talk to the man by telephone and persuade him to surrender.

About 10 p.m., Mr. Guerassio, unarmed, left his apartment and was arrested.

A search of Mr. Guerassio's apartment failed to turn up the gun.

Voters to select board:

Carroll County

Voters to select board: Nine appointed board members, charged with writing a charter for Carroll residents to vote on, face a challenge in tomorrow's primary election. Eight people want their seats.

The 17 will vie for a place on the board, the first time in Maryland history an appointed charter board has been challenged in an election, said board co-chairman, Jon Buck.

The top nine winners will form the new board and resume the work, begun last fall, on the charter.

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