City man held in fatal stabbingPolice have charged a West...


March 20, 1992

STATE: — City man held in fatal stabbing

Police have charged a West Baltimore man with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 60-year-old Baltimore County man during an argument in the McDonald's fast-food outlet in the 3400 block of Clifton Ave.

Leon Wilson, 48, of the 3200 block of Clifton Ave., was also charged last night with possession of a deadly weapon and using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, police said. He was being held at the Southwestern District lockup, pending a bail review hearing today before a District Court judge.

Police said Mr. Wilson was arrested shortly after the victim, Matthew N. Fenwick, 60, of the 3100 block of Elba Drive in Woodmoor, was stabbed about 3 p.m. yesterday. Mr. Fenwick died at Liberty Medical Center.

It was not known what the two men were arguing about.

Meanwhile, police said they are still seeking a suspect and motive in the fatal shooting of James "Tank" Emerson, 22, of the 3700 block of Garrison Blvd.

He was shot numerous times about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday while standing outside a food market in the 3100 block of Oakfield Ave. He died at 3:51 p.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Six expended 9mm cartridges were found on the sidewalk.

There have been 70 slayings in the city this year, five more than at this time last year, police said.

A 26-year-old man was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the death of a woman found in a car submerged in the Potomac River, the Charles County sheriff's office said.

Anthony Chase, of no fixed address, was arrested in Prince George's County and was being held at the Charles County Detention Center in La Plata, said Detective Joseph Montminy of the county Sheriff's Department.

Mary Edelen, 42, was found dead last Thursday. She was kidnapped after leaving work in La Plata and taken to nearby White Plains, where she was slain, Detective Montminy said. He said police believe the suspect's intended victim was Annette Edelen, 22, daughter of the deceased. She was kidnapped later.

Mr. Chase allegedly used keys found on the victim to enter the Edelen home and kidnap Annette Edelen, Detective Montminy said. The young woman was held for 32 hours before she escaped.

Jermaine Johnson, 18, and Joseph Johnson III, 17, brothers from Pomfret, have been arrested on kidnapping and weapons charges in that kidnapping.

Baltimore County:

The Baltimore County Planning Board last night accepted its staff's recommendation and voted against proposed "cathouse legislation" to limit the number of cats kept as pets.

Existing health and animal control laws already cover potential problems, according to the board's staff report, prepared in response to legislation proposed by County Councilman William A. Howard IV, R-6th.

Mr. Howard, now council chairman, acted in September in response to a complaint by a Parkville constituent who lives next door to a house in the 3300 block of Putty Hill Ave. where he said 45 or more cats are kept for placement by the non-profit Animal Rescue Inc.

The proposal drew thousands of signatures on petitions by the group's members and supporters, who said the house had never been found in violation and had saved the lives of thousands of cats and kittens.

The law does limit dogs to three per household.


Six county teachers -- Barbara S. Burns of Liberty High, Alan J. DeGennaro of Westminster High, Robert L. Foor-Hogue of South Carroll High, Stanley F. Gilmore Jr. of East Middle, John L. Lynam of North Carroll High and Michael W. Olive of Westminster High -- were being recognized today for their work with the Chemistry II curriculum.

The program is a cooperative project between the public school system, Lehigh Portland Cement Co. and Catholic University in Washington. Classes involve teaching chemical concepts by studying how cement is made.

"We're teaching abstract chemical topics like analytical chemistry in a format and in a manner which they can identify with the real world," said Bradley Yohe, Carroll's supervisor of science.


The 1989 state Trooper of the Year has been ordered to pay more than $300 to the owners of three dogs killed by poison he put in the yard of his Darlington home.

Jerry M. Scarborough was charged with malicious destruction and two counts of cruelty to animals for leaving meat laced with anti-freeze outside his home in the 3700 block of Dublin Road.

The poisoned meat was eaten in May 1991 by three dogs owned by two of his neighbors.

Mr. Scarborough was given probation before judgment March 11 in Harford District Court, meaning that he will not be penalized further if he completes the terms of the probation.

He was ordered to complete a six-month supervised probation and pay a $100 fine by Anne Arundel County District Judge James W. Dryden. Harford's district judges had removed themselves from the case.

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