Man fatally shot on Gold St.A 25-year-old man was fatally...


March 30, 1992

MARYLAND STATE: — Man fatally shot on Gold St.

A 25-year-old man was fatally shot last night in the 500 block of Gold St., police said.

Around 7:30 p.m., police found the body of Marvin Willett, of the 3400 block of Cottage Ave., lying face down in front of 566 Gold St.

Mr. Willett, identified from documents found in his wallet, had been shot at least once in the right side of the neck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In his pockets, police found a glassine bag containing heroin, a wallet containing $6, a key chain and two cigarette lighters.

Police said that immediately after the shooting, four men in their late teens or early 20s were seen running east on Gold Street.

A team of state fire marshals today were investigating two fires, both believed to be caused by arson, that broke out in an industrial park in Cecil County.

The fires late last night did about $200,000 in damage to a two-story, frame office building of the Chesapeake Treating Co. and five trailers belonging to Williams Mobile Offices in the Peninsula Industrial Park in North East, Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said.

About 70 firefighters from four Cecil County fire departments battled the blazes.

"Arson is believed to be the cause," Mr. Thomas said. There are no suspects and no injuries were reported.

The county has had several recent arson fires.

Firefighters battled a barn fire Saturday night in Cecilton caused arson. Two weeks ago, arson claimed another barn in Cecilton.

Last week, arson and an accidental fire struck the New Jersey Fireworks Manufacturing Plant in Cecil County on separate days.

There was no jackpot winner in Maryland's Lotto drawinSaturday night, which was worth an estimated $5 million annuity.

The winning numbers were 04-10-17-23-29-38.

Five numbers were picked by 59 players, with each ticket worth $1,067. Four numbers were picked by 3,327 players, with each ticket worth $32.

The next Lotto drawing Wednesday will be worth an estimated $6 million annuity.

Anne Arundel County:

Two men robbed and beat a Pasadena restaurant owner unconscious and left him to die as they set his establishment ablaze, police said.

Valinios Mantzavinos, 48, owner of George's Restaurant, regained consciousness amid the smoke and flames Friday night and managed to crawl out the front door, said police.

Mr. Mantzavinos' wife, Efterpi, said he was hospitalized briefly // for bruises, cuts and smoke inhalation, but is recovering well.

Firefighters doused the flames in about 30 minutes. Mrs. Mantzavinos said the interior was gutted.

The attack happened at 10:20 p.m. as Mr. Mantzavinos was closing the restaurant. The men forced him back inside at gunpoint.

After taking cash from the victim and beating him unconscious, the two men doused the interior of the restaurant with gasoline and ignited it, Mrs. Mantzavinos said.

"I can't understand it," she said. "Why did they have to burn the place?"

Baltimore County:

A Lutherville woman who went into labor after being involved in a car-fire truck accident Saturday delivered a girl yesterday at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson, the hospital announced.

Susan Black, 34, was listed in stable condition after delivering a 5-pound, 6-ounce girl. The baby, who has not yet been named, was seven weeks premature and listed in guarded condition.

Mrs. Black, of the 8600 block of Chelsea Bridge Way, was in a Volvo station wagon being driven by her husband, John Black Sr., at 12:15 p.m. Saturday on York Road. The Blacks' two sons, John Jr., 6, and Thomas, 3, and their friend, Christopher Clements, 4, also were in the car, police said.

As the Volvo was making a left turn onto York Road from the parking lot at Central Vocational-Technical School, it was struck and spun around by a fire truck from the Lutherville Company. The truck had its lights and siren on.

Carroll County:

Three years ago, the Juvenile Master spent two days a week accommodating all the referrals to his office.

"Now we are down to one day a week and want to stay there," said Juvenile Master Peter M. Tabatsko.

While juvenile crime rates increase across the state, they have dropped sharply in Carroll County.

"The population of the county has been increasing, adult crime is increasing, but juvenile cases are below 1988 rates," said Mr. Tabatsko.

In 1991, the number of referrals to the juvenile system dropped 21 percent. The more serious cases in the system become the responsibility of the Juvenile Master. The number of those cases also dropped, by 12 percent.

Mr. Tabatsko cites the close cooperation and communication among county agencies dealing with children for the decline. Also, he said, education programs have increased school attendance.

Harford County:

One man was killed and an Oxford, Pa., man was injured Saturday when an armored personnel carrier overturned during a test at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Charles W. Nichols, 43, of Port Deposit was killed in the 1:35 p.m. accident during the third of three test runs, said Athena Petry, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command.

Mr. Nichols, an instrumentation technician, was riding in the Bradley Fighting Vehicle with driver Michael L. Kent, 27, Ms. Petry said.

The two civilian employees were testing an electronic transmission controller. The test called for Mr. Kent to accelerate to 40 mph and hit the brakes "in a sudden, sustained manner," she said.

The vehicle overturned.

Mr. Kent was in serious but stable condition at the University of Maryland Shock-Trauma Center in Baltimore, a spokeswoman said.

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