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April 24, 1992

MARYLAND: — 2 shot in car; gunman sought

Police are seeking a gunman who fired into a vehicle in northeast Baltimore early yesterday, wounding a man and a woman.

A case of mistaken identity may have sparked the shooting, which occurred in the 3200 block of Sinclair Lane about 1:30 a.m., police said.

Kenneth Lester Ferguson, 31, the driver, and Valerie Mangum, 23, the front-seat passenger, were taken to Francis Scott Key Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition last night, police said.

Police said the victims were riding on Sinclair Lane when a man in a light blue or gray automobile pulled next to Mr. Ferguson's vehicle and yelled, "Ervin."

Mr. Ferguson replied, "I'm Kenny, not Ervin," and the gunman fired several bullets from what is believed to be a 9mm semiautomatic handgun, striking Mr. Ferguson three times and Ms. Mangum twice, police said.

An unidentified passenger in the rear seat was not hit by the gunfire, police said.

Mr. Ferguson told police he has a brother named Ervin.

Brenda D. Tome, 38, of Rising Sun, was killed and her 22-month-old grandson was seriously injured after Ms. Tome lost control of her car Wednesday morning as she was driving north on Md. 272 near Interstate 95 in Cecil County, state police said.

The car collided with a vehicle driven by Margaret F. Twardus, 37, of North East, police said.

Rescue workers cut the roof from Ms. Tome's car to free her, but she died at Union Hospital in Elkton, police said. Her grandson, Sean T. McWhorter, was flown to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in good condition. Ms. Twardus received minor injuries.

Anne Arundel County:

A group of Anne Arundel County residents has gone to court to try to shut down the Millersville Landfill.

"We would like to see them close it down and clean it up and cut their losses now," says Thomas A. Fales Jr., who filed TC complaint in Circuit Court Wednesday on behalf of the Citizens Action Committee to Close the Millersville Landfill.

The residents are accusing the landfill's operators of mismanagement. They also want the county to clean up the dump and "take responsibility for immediate and long-term supply of public water."

Residents have been trying to get the landfill closed after tests showed it may have polluted nearby residents' ground water.

Tests of residents' wells taken in the past month show four are polluted and two others have slight traces of contamination.

Utilities Director Thomas Neel, whose department controls landfill operations in the county, says he isn't surprised by the residents' reaction.

"I can certainly understand why the citizens out there would go ahead and file suit," he says. "I just hope I can garner some of that passion and knowledge and use it to help us correct the situation."

State and county officials have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit, after which a hearing date or jury trial could be scheduled.

Baltimore County:

A Baltimore woman has sued a Middle River bowling alley for $1 million, contending she was seriously hurt when she slipped and fell on one of the bowling lanes.

Bernita M. Cathcart of the 3300 block of W. Mulberry St. filed the suit in Baltimore County Circuit Court against Country Club Lanes, in the 9000 block of Pulaski Highway in Middle River.

According to the suit, Ms. Cathcart was bowling on lane No. 10 at Country Club Lanes on Aug. 13, 1990, when she "slipped on a greasy, sticky material . . . and sustained injury to her body." She alleges the establishment was negligent.

Carroll County:

Carroll County civil rights advocates were surprised but pleased when a leader of the Ku Klux Klan showed up at their public forum in Westminster to denounce hate-group violence.

Roger Kelly, grand dragon of the Maryland Invisible Empire of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, attended the meeting Wednesday and denounced a recent cross-burning in Hampstead on the front yard of a black couple.

He said there are extremist factions of the Klan. If those responsible for the cross-burning are determined to be in the Klan, "we're kicking them out and turning them over to state police," he said.

Mr. Kelly has previously expressed his support for racial separation, but says he doesn't promote white supremacy.

Mr. Kelly advised the group to maintain a dialogue with groups like the Klan.

Wednesday's meeting was called to discuss KKK activity in Carroll County and examine how to form a racial justice coalition to prevent racist acts.

Virginia Harrison, one of two blacks on the Community Relations Commission, says she was glad Mr. Kelly attended the meeting.

"I feel really good about what happened here . . . ," Ms. Harrison said.

Harford County:

Recycling and car-pooling will be among the many topics featured at tomorrow's Earth Day celebration at the Susquehannock Environmental Center, 700 N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air.

Scheduled from noon to 5 p.m., the event will include displays and demonstrations by environmental agencies and organizations on how to make Earth a better place.

The event also will include a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Susquehannock, the oldest recycling center in the nation.

Free seedlings will be distributed to visitors throughout the afternoon and entertainment will be provided by the Edgewood Middle School Mall Band and the Edgewood Middle School Sixth-Grade Band.

Students attending county middle schools will read poetry.

At 4 p.m., the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will present "Scales and Tales," a program featuring rehabilitated wild birds and animals that will eventually be released back into the wild.

For more information call 838-6000, extension 339.

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