Man's body is found in streetCity police today were...


April 07, 1992

STATE: — Man's body is found in street

City police today were attempting to identify a man whose bullet-riddled body was found last night in the 2600 block of Loyola Southway near Pimlico Road.

A homicide detective said the unidentified man was found lying in the street shortly before midnight by uniformed Northwestern District police responding to a report of a shooting.

The detective said the man, who was shot several times, was pronounced dead at the scene by the crew of a city fire department ambulance. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

The victim was to be fingerprinted in an effort to identify him, police said.

No arrest had been made in the case, and police said they knew no motive for the slaying.

Police said anyone with information about the slaying is urged to call the homicide squad at 396-2100 or the Northwestern District at 396-2466.

A sexual harassment complaint has been filed against a state trooper by two women who were stopped by the officer for suspicion of drunken driving, says an attorney for one of the women.

Nicole Rantz, 19, of Ocean Pines, and Jenny Murray, 20, of Berlin, say in the complaint that Trooper Ernie Davis, 28, touched them inappropriately following the traffic stops.

Trooper Davis has denied the allegations. He has been given administrative duties pending the outcome of an investigation, say state police in Berlin.

Ms. Rantz says that on March 28 she was driving from Ocean City to her home when she was stopped about 3 a.m. on U.S. 50. A breath test showed she had a 0.13 blood alcohol level, which is considered legally intoxicated.

Ms. Rantz says she was charged with driving while intoxicated and was given a ride home by the trooper. After arriving at Ms. Rantz's home, Trooper Davis said he had to search the home because it was unoccupied, she says.

Once inside, the trooper pressed his body against hers and tried to kiss her, Ms. Rantz says.

Ms. Murray was stopped March 29 on U.S. 50 west of Ocean City and registered a 0.12 blood alcohol level. She was not charged, but was issued a warning, says attorney William Clarke, who is representing Ms. Rantz.

Ms. Murray says Trooper Davis touched her upper thigh during the traffic stop.


The nuclear submarine named for Maryland's capital will officially become part of the Navy on Saturday, further cementing the relationship between Annapolis and the Navy.

Ceremonies for the $700 million, 362-foot fast attack sub will be held in Groton, Conn.

Three other vessels have been named for the site of the U.S. Naval Academy. The most recent was an escort aircraft boat recommissioned in 1964 as the Navy's first major communications relay ship.

The latest Annapolis vessel, a Los Angeles-class attack sub, is billed as the most technically advanced vessel of its type in the world. It will carry 20 Tomahawk cruise missiles. The keel for the submarine was laid in 1988.

Baltimore County:

A Pikesville lawyer has been charged with drug possession and distribution, and his 1990 Jaguar XJS-12 convertible seized by county police.

Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger said Mitchell Wayne Kirk, 43, of Greenwich Place in Pikesville was arrested March 27 when officers with a search warrant found less than 1 ounce of cocaine, alleged drug paraphernalia, and a half-ounce of marijuana in his condominium, along with $1,351 in cash.

Mr. Kirk, who practices law in the 300 block of N. Paca St., was released on $100,000 bail pending trial. The fate of his Jaguar is subject to civil seizure proceedings.


The trail may be five years old, but investigators are still following leads in the murder of John Clayton Ruhs.

"We have the attitude that a murder case never stops until the killer is brought to justice," says state police Sgt. James Leet. "In the past 19 years, there are only three unsolved murders in Carroll County and one of those just happened last week."

On March 27, 1987, Mr. Ruhs, 46, got in his Plymouth Duster and drove off in a hurry from his home in southwest Baltimore. Several hours later, his body was found slumped over the steering wheel of the car, which was parked on a remote dirt road in Finksburg.

He had been shot several times with a shotgun from the passenger side of the car, investigators say.

About 20 months after the killing, police charged four people with murder. Prosecutors later decided the evidence was not strong enough for a conviction and dropped the charges.


The Harford County Council will conduct a public hearing at 6 o'clock tonight on a proposal to regulate adult bookstores.

Introduced by Councilman Philip J. Barker, D-District F, the measure targets stores that mainly sell or rent sexually explicit videos, movies, magazines and other materials.

The bill would prohibit new adult bookstores from locating within 1,000 feet of a school, church, day-care center, park or residential area.

The county's four existing adult bookstores would be exempt from the new zoning restrictions.

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