Man, 30, is slain on the streetA 30-year-old Southwest...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

May 01, 1992

STATE — Man, 30, is slain on the street

A 30-year-old Southwest Baltimore man was fatally shot last night after in the 3800 block of Windsor Mill Road by a man with whom he had been talking.

A witness told police he saw the victim, Derrick Allen Kennedy, of the 2100 block of Mount Holly St., talking to a man about 8:30 p.m. and then saw both men part in opposite directions.

Police said when Mr. Kennedy had walked away, the other man pulled a handgun and fired several shots, hitting him in the lower back and leg. The gunman fled.

Police said the victim staggered more than a block to the alley behind his home, where he collapsed. He was dead on arrival at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center.

OC Police said they had no motive for the shooting and no suspect.

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A 27-year-old Hollander Ridge woman was in very critical condition today at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center after she was struck by a truck last night while crossing Pulaski Highway near 62nd Street, police said.

Officer Tony Petralia, of the traffic investigation section, said Anita Cureton, who was five months pregnant, lost her fetus as a result of the accident. He said Ms. Cureton, of the 7300 block of Mallory Court, received multiple external and internal injuries.

About 11:15 p.m., as Ms. Cureton crossed from the north side of Pulaski Highway to the south side, a dark-colored eastbound car swerved to avoid hitting her, police said. But a 1989 Dodge Dakota pickup truck behind the car was unable to avoid her.

Officer Petralia said Ms. Cureton was thrown onto the hood then fell to the road about 100 feet from where she was struck.

An ambulance from the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Department took her to Shock Trauma, where her fetus was delivered stillborn.

Officer Petralia said pedestrian error contributed to the accident and that no charges were placed against the uninjured man.

Searchers yesterday found a single-engine plane that had crashed -- killing the pilot -- on Wednesday in Sugarloaf State Park in Frederick County, ending a two-day search, officials said.

The pilot was identified as Stephen Mueller, 51, of Bethesda, the only occupant.

The plane had taken off from Montgomery County Airpark, near Gaithersburg, on a flight to Frederick.

Mr. Mueller was an experienced pilot and familiar with the area, police said.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator is to examine the heavily wooded site in the next few days.

Anne Arundel

Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins has proposed a budget for fiscal 1993 that would hold the line on most spending but add paramedics and a long-awaited ambulance at Eastport.

The proposed $37.5 million spending plan unveiled yesterday would increase spending by 1.9 percent over last year's $36.8 million. It also would keep the current property tax rate at $1.80 per $100 of assessed value.

Mr. Hopkins has a $112,000 surplus, proceeds from the city landfill. He proposes using that money to close the facility by the end of the year.

There were no cost-of-living pay increases for city employees in Mayor Hopkins' plan, which does propose 3.2 percent merit and longevity raises. He seeks 10 new positions, including seven paramedics to staff the third city ambulance he promised when he took office in 1989.

In a State of the City report, Mayor Hopkins emphasized Annapolis must continue to be tight-fisted because of the sluggish economy and federal spending cuts. "The city, long thought to be recession-proof, was not spared the impact of the economic downturn," he wrote.

He has proposed hiring an administrative assistant for the Fire Department, a data processing analyst for the Finance Office and a recreation maintenance worker.

The city stands to lose between $2 million and $4 million in annual revenue once the landfill closes and is continuing to negotiate with the county to keep it open. The City Council recently approved a capital budget that included $340,000 for new plans to expand the dump off Defense Highway.

Carroll

The board that is writing a charter for Carroll government voted Tuesday to meet twice weekly to ensure an early completion of the proposal.

Barbara Pease, board member, advocated maintaining a 90-day period between completion of the charter and the November election to give voters time to review proposed changes in their local government.

"The biggest mistake we could make is to have this voted down because people didn't understand it," she said.

The nine-member board has been meeting weekly for five months to work on the charter, which, if approved by voters, would change Carroll's commissioner form of government.

The charter would create a County Council, with at least some members elected by district. The board has decided to have an PTC appointed manager, rather than an elected executive.

Harford County

Residents who dropped off their Christmas trees to be recycled into mulch can now pick up their promised evergreen seedling so they can plant it.

More than 5,000 coupons for the seedlings were handed out during January and February to residents who brought their trees to various government and private drop-off sites.

The trees were taken to the Harford County Waste Disposal Center at Scarboro to be ground into mulch.

Coupons can be traded in for seedlings from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Scarboro and the other drop-off sites.

The Susquehannock Environmental Center, on Tollgate Road in Bel Air, also will redeem coupons from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Besides the seedlings, mulch from the recycled Christmas trees will be available free to residents who bring a bag for the mulch to the Scarboro Landfill, off Scarboro Road in Dublin. The county will allow each resident to take up to three 30-gallon bags of the mulch.

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