MARYLAND STATE: — Arson suspected at Acme Pad
A fire believed to be arson caused an undetermined amount of damage early today to the Acme Pad Corp. in the 300 block of N. Smallwood St., a fire official said.
Capt. Robert Hatoff, of the fire investigation bureau, said the fire apparently began in the building's west section and may have been started by a man who had been ejected from the building earlier last night by a security officer.
The fire was reported at 1:17 a.m. and a second alarm was sounded at 1:48 a.m. It was declared under control at 2:57 a.m.
Deputy Chief William Hunt credited the building's sprinkler system with preventing the fire from becoming more serious.
The burning foam rubber, piled as high as 20 feet, gave off thick smoke and a pungent odor that forced firefighters out of the building.
Firefighters had to use metal-cutting saws to remove window frames to reach the core of the fire.
The Ku Klux Klan is planning to hold a recruitment drive on the Eastern Shore on April 4, the anniversary of the day the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, a Klan member said.
The Klan recently sought to switch the date of a planned march in Cecil County from April 4 to April 11, but the Elkton town council rejected the group's application for a parade permit because of concerns about public safety. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit on behalf of the Klan.
Officials of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have not decided whether they will protest the Klan's drive in Galena, a small rural town in northern Kent County, said Nathaniel Veeney, president of the Queen Anne's County Chapter of the NAACP.
W. Michael Newman, president of the Kent County commissioners, said the commissioners planned to sign a public statement denouncing the recruitment drive.
Anne Arundel County:
Five Annapolis High School students were arrested yesterday and an administrator injured when a fight broke out in the school between groups from the city's public housing projects.
About 10 police officers were called to the Riva Road school about 11:15 a.m., police spokesman Officer V. Richard Molloy said. The fight apparently was a continuation of a fight Saturday night at a party in Victor Haven, a community off Bay Ridge Road and Forest Drive.
Officer Molloy said as many as 14 students -- some from Eastport Terrace and Newtowne20 -- were involved. Administrators had broken it up by the time police arrived.
John Jones, a student advocate, received a severe bruise to his right arm when he tried to intervene. Principal Laura Webb said the fight occurred during a class change and lasted four or five minutes.
Jomo Malik Blake, 18, of the 200 block of Admiral Drive, was charged with disorderly conduct. Two 15-year-old boys and two 17-year-old boys were charged as juveniles with disrupting activities at the school, Officer Molloy said. The five will be suspended for five days, said Ms. Webb.
"The fight was caused by tensions that were carried over from the fight Saturday night," Officer Molloy said, during which a youth from Eastport Terrace was beaten up, apparently by a teen from Newtowne20.
Ms. Webb said a Parent-Teacher Student Organization meeting Thursday night will focus on the violence. The meeting had been scheduled before the fracas.
Breaking with its regular practice of holding a monthly public meeting at the old courthouse in Towson, the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission will hold its next meeting in Woodlawn.
Upcoming monthly meetings will take place at locations throughout the county to accommodate residents who might not otherwise travel to Towson to express their concerns to the commission, said Adrienne Jones, director of the county's Office of Minority Affairs.
The first meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Woodlawn Library, 1811 Woodlawn Drive. Sites of future meetings will be announced. For information, call 887-5917.
Twenty-four students from East Middle and West Middle schools in Westminster have been honored by the governor for the work they did raising money for the needy at Christmas.
At the suggestion of Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, the 1,800 students collected about $5,000 in "Hands to Hamlet," a project to provide Christmas presents to the 16 North Carolina children who had lost parents in the Imperial chicken-processing plant fire.
Harford County senior citizens can have fun and get some peace of mind about medications they are taking at the annual "Healthiness is Yelling Bingo." The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at senior centers in Aberdeen, Bel Air, Havre de Grace, Highland and Joppatowne.
Pharmacists will be on hand to offer advice about medications.
The event is co-sponsored by the Harford County Drug/Alcohol Impact Program and the Harford County Office on Aging.
Reservations are requested by today. For information call, 838-2554.
A bail review hearing was postponed yesterday for the second time for a Columbia youth charged with killing his home tutor last week.
Alton Romero Young, 16, of the 7500 block Murray Hill Road, is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup on the recommendation of a bail commissioner.
The public defender's office is representing the youth, who was charged Thursday in the strangulation of Shirley Rue Mullinix, 57, of Dayton. The hearing has not been rescheduled.
Mrs. Mullinix, a home-hospital teacher, had been scheduled to meet with Alton Romero Young the afternoon of her death, police said. He was being tutored at home because he had been suspended from Hammond High School.
Police believe Mrs. Mullinix was slain in the home. Her body was found behind a convenience store.