Man who tried fire rescue diesA South Baltimore man, who...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

April 02, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — Man who tried fire rescue dies

A South Baltimore man, who was burned over 90 percent of his body Tuesday in a failed attempt to rescue his infant son from their burning home, died yesterday at Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

The father, Allen Scott Jackson, 28, jumped to the ground from a lower roof after flames and smoke forced him out the window of a second-floor front bedroom of the two-story home in the 3800 block of Second St. in Brooklyn.

His son, Nicholas, born prematurely just five weeks earlier, was found dead by firefighters, while Mr. Jackson's wife and four other children -- ages 19 months to 5 years -- were helped out a rear door by a neighbor and two undercover police officers on duty in the neighborhood.

The cause of the blaze remained under investigation.

A New York man has become Baltimore's 78th homicide victim of 1992.

Carmello Martinez, 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died at 9:55 a.m. yesterday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of wounds he received Tuesday.

Police said Mr. Martinez walked into the rear lobby of a high-rise building at Lexington Terrace public housing project in the 700 block of W. Mulberry St. about 10 p.m. and was shot numerous times in the chest, right leg, right hand and chin.

Mr. Martinez was found lying near the guard room, police said.

As of this date last year, there had been 76 slayings in the city.

Maryland State:

Marylanders who want to sue over the state's new legislative election district map must file their suits no later than July 1, under an order issued yesterday by the state Court of Appeals.

Only registered voters may sue. Public hearings will be scheduled at times and places to be announced.

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* Criminal charges were filed yesterday against the owners of four dogs that bit a 7-year-old Bladensburg girl more than 100 times, Prince George's County prosecutors said.

Johnny W. Kirksey, 48, and Mary E. Kirksey, 46, were charged with one count each of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, State's Attorney Alexander Williams said.

Prosecutors said the Kirkseys owned four large dogs -- three Rottweilers and a mastiff -- that attacked Jacaia Pope near their District Heights home on March 21.

The child is at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, where she is being treated for multiple broken bones and extensive skin injury.

Anne Arundel County:

A 38-year-old man who police believe hacked his invalid mother to death with a kitchen knife yesterday committed suicide in front of four Anne Arundel County police officers.

Dan Nimmo used a .50-caliber powder rifle to shoot himself in the chest about 11:30 a.m. yesterday while sitting in his mother's 1986 Dodge, which he'd parked at the end of Loch Haven Road in Mayo.

"We yelled at him several times to get out of the car," said police spokesman V. Richard Molloy, one of the officers on the scene. "But he would not come out."

Investigators had been searching for Mr. Nimmo in connection with the death of his mother, Estella Nimmo, 71. Officer Molloy said the case is now considered closed.

A nurse who came three days a week to help Mrs. Nimmo found her body shortly before 8 a.m. yesterday in the bedroom of her home in the 3800 block of Holly Drive, south of Annapolis.

Carroll County:

The Carroll County Police Study Committee has advised the county commissioners to hire a planner to begin assembling a county police force. The committee also said the county should develop a law enforcement master plan that would improve coordination among the county's municipal law enforcement agencies.

The 10-member panel began meeting weekly early this year. The recommendation was made under the assumption that the Maryland State Police resident trooper program, which now provides law enforcement in three towns and across the county, could end in the near future.

Before the current state budget crisis, the state contributed about 25 percent of the cost of the program. The county and towns now have to pay the full cost.

Committee members estimate the county will pay about $3.8 million more for law enforcement during the five years it will take to phase in a new police force.

Harford County:

Harford County employees, including teachers and other school employees, would not get raises for a second consecutive year under County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann's proposed $188.6 million operating budget.

The proposed fiscal 1993 budget, sent to the County Council yesterday, would leave unchanged the property tax rate of $2.73 per $100 of assessed value. The property tax rate for county residents living within a municipality, $2.43 per $100 of assessed value, also would remain unchanged.

"This is a no-frills budget that will allow us to maintain services, hold the property tax stable and avoid layoffs," Ms. Rehrmann said. Her proposal calls for an increase of 1.2 percent in the general operating budget, to $142.8 million, from the current fiscal year's $140.9 million.

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