BALTIMORE CITY — Two city men are fatally shot
Two men were fatally shot in Baltimore yesterday, bringing to 63 the number of people slain in the city since Jan. 1, police said. The murder toll is the same as had been recorded at this time last year.
Dwight Garris, 45, of the 900 block of N. Fulton Ave., was shot in the chest shortly before 1 p.m. while walking in the 800 block of N. Fulton Ave., said Agent Arlene K. Jenkins, a police spokeswoman. He died soon after arrival at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
About half an hour later, police went to a house in the 4400 block of LaPlata Ave. after a shooting was reported and found Gordon Kirby, 21, of the 900 block of Argyle Ave., shot in the chest. He died a short time later at Sinai Hospital.
Several people in the house when police arrived were questioned. Jermaine James Bishop, 20, also of the 900 block of Argyle Ave., was charged with first-degree murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony, police said.
The public will get its first chance to ride the new Central Light Rail line next week when the Mass Transit Administration offers free preview rides on its new high-tech trolley cars.
The free rides begin Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., when trolleys will shuttle passengers between the Timonium and Falls Road stops in Baltimore County.
Riders may board at Timonium on Deereco Road just north of Timonium Road, in Lutherville at Ridgely Road adjacent to Timonium Mall or at Falls Road, about a quarter-mile north of Lake Avenue at the entrance to Robert E. Lee Park.
On Wednesday, the trains will operate 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. between Mount Washington and Woodberry.
Rides to Camden Yards will be Friday, from noon to 3 p.m. The trains will run between North Avenue and Camden, also stopping at Mount Royal, the Cultural Center at Howard and Preston streets, Centre Street, Lexington Market and Pratt Street.
Bay swim rejected again
The organizer of a Chesapeake Bay Bridge Swim fund-raiser, whose event was cut short last June 9 with a mass rescue of 720 of the 884 participants, has for the second time been denied a permit for the 1992 event.
The 4.4-mile swim across the bay within the twin spans of the bridge, organized by Fletcher Hanks of Oxford-based Endurance Sports, has raised more than $75,000 in the past for the American Diabetes Association -- which decided it would not sponsor the event this year.
After his permit application for as many as 1,000 swimmers was denied last month, he scaled down the event to 600 swimmers. The Coast Guard denied the permit again, citing past performance by Mr. Hanks.
The race organizer, reached at home in Oxford last night, blamed Coast Guard interference for the problems last June. He said he submitted another request yesterday for a race permit --this time with a different starting procedure.
Jail plan rejected
Anne Arundel County
The Anne Arundel County Council, under intense pressure from north county residents, last night voted down Executive Robert R. Neall's plan to build a 650-bed jail in Glen Burnie.
Though residents who attended the council meeting were jubilant, the detention center issue is far from dead.
The project will move forward if Mr. Neall can persuade state lawmakers to allocate $1.25 million in design money for the jail.
A hearing before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is scheduled Thursday. Both the county's 13-member House delegation and five senators are expected to decide this week whether to support the county executive's position.
The council voted 5-2 against Mr. Neall's resolution seeking support for an $80 million detention center on New Ordnance Road, at a former Army depot site now owned by the county.
The former high school quarterback accused of murdering a former girlfriend's suitor last month also has been charged with trying to kill a boy who was dating another former girlfriend.
Brian A. Tate, 16, of Broadneck, was charged as an adult Friday with attempted first-degree murder and arson in a Nov. 8 fire that caused $127,000 damage to an Arnold home. No one was injured. The home was torched "to get even with" a 17-year-old student who was dating young Tate's former girlfriend, court records show.
The accused is being held on $100,000 bail at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center since his arrest on a first-degree murder charge in the Feb. 24 stabbing death of Jerry Haines, 19, of Cape St. Claire.
Twenty-three Baltimore County police officers will be promoted tomorrow during a ceremony at Goucher College at 1 p.m.
Three captains will become majors, seven sergeants will become lieutenants, six corporals will become sergeants and seven officers will be promoted to the rank of corporal, says Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, the department spokesman.
The police officers will assume their new duties Thursday, helping to fill the gaps left by 91 officers who took the county's early retirement offer in January.
Fire damages firm
A one-alarm fire last night damaged the ventilation system of Marada International, a Canadian-based firm that manufactures parts for General Motors near the Carroll County airport.
A spokeswoman for the county emergency operations center at Westminster said the fire was reported at 10:29 p.m. It appeared to be accidental but the state fire marshal's office was investigating.