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MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

March 09, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY — Belt's Wharf on auction block

Belt's Wharf Landing, a 102-unit condominium complex at 932 Fell St. in Fells Point, will go on the auction block March 27, after foreclosure proceedings initiated by Maryland National Bank against a development team headed by Frank Favazza.

Atlantic Auctions Inc. will begin the sale on the premises at 10 a.m. The auctioneers plan to sell eight waterfront town houses individually and seek bids for the bulk of the complex, which has 93 residences.

The project's developers defaulted on the mortgage and owed Maryland National about $21.4 million as of Jan. 10, according to papers filed in the bank's foreclosure suit.

Deer destroyed:

Maryland State

Four deer were shot and killed yesterday by a Queen Anne's County deputy sheriff after the animals -- apparently reacting to their own reflections -- crashed through two windows of the Meridian Nursing Home outside Centreville and ran amok in two offices.

"They were running along and looking at the windows," said state police Cpl. Michael L. Ptaszynski. "They jumped through. Two went into one office, and two went into the other."

One deer jumped back outside but was cut by window glass and had to be destroyed. The other three were shot in the offices when tranquilizers failed to calm them.

The deer meat will be donated to charities.

Women's issues:

Anne Arundel County

Organizers of the annual Anne Arundel County Women's Fair hope a daylong conference Saturday will help educate women on date rape and other issues.

The fair will be held at the People's Resource Center in Crownsville, off Crownsville Road.

Workshop registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and a presentation by keynote speakers at 8:45 a.m. The workshops end at 4 p.m.

To register or for information call 541-2784; Washington residents, call 261-2842, Ext. 784; South County residents call, 721-6449, Ext. 784.

Senior Center events:

Baltimore County

The American Cancer Society will sponsor a breast cancer detection and prevention program Friday at the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road.

The program begins at 10 a.m.

Also, a current events class taught by Dave Weiss, a former public school history teacher, is held every Thursday at 1 p.m. at the center.

For further details, call Helen Bronstein, assistant senior center director. at 887-0900.

Abuse charged:

Carroll County

Westminster police have filed charges against a 32-year-old Westminster woman, alleging she sexually abused her 15-year-old foster son over a period of six months.

Authorities became involved in the case late last month after the boy told his high school counselor and his physician that he had been abused from July through December 1991.

The woman, whose name is being withheld to protect the boy's identity, was charged with one count of abuse by a custodian and six counts of fourth-degree sex offenses -- committing perverted sex acts, having sex with an underage minor and having sex without consent.

If convicted on all counts, the woman faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $6,000 fine. Police said an arrest warrant would probably be served this week.

Family sued:

Harford County

An Edgewood couple faces a $900,000 lawsuit alleging they failed to supervise their 17-year-old son and to correct his "reckless, violent, malicious and wanton conduct."

Eric Lee Richardson, of the 300 block of Hardwick Place, contends he was attacked "suddenly and violently" without provocation by the boy while playing basketball at the Edgewood High School gymnasium April 9.

Cheryl H. Worthington, the county's director of community services, her husband, Laurence, and their son, Laurence Randall Worthington II, are named as defendants in the suit.

Young Worthington, a basketball, football and track star at Edgewood High, struck Richardson repeatedly using brass knuckles, the suit says.

The suit against the Worthingtons, who live in the 1700 block of Harbinger Trail, was filed last week.

Cheryl Worthington, declined to comment, saying she had not reviewed the suit.

Ellicott City arson:

Howard County

A fire that damaged a vacant, two-story frame building early yesterday in the historic area of Ellicott City was deliberately set -- the third suspicious blaze in a three-block area in as many weeks, authorities said.

The fire at 1 a.m. caused $5,000 damage to the building at 8468 Main St., which most recently was used as a lawn mower repair shop, investigators said. The fire began in the lower level of the 20-by-20-foot building and was quickly extinguished by about 25 county firefighters, said Battalion Chief Donald Howell of the Howard County Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

On March 5, a blaze destroyed a 120-year-old furniture warehouse on Church Road off Main Street. The loss was estimated at $500,000.

On Feb. 19, an arson fire caused damage estimated at $250,000 to Ellicott's Country Store and the Heirlooms Too antique shop in the 8100 block of Main St.

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