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MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

May 28, 1992

MARYLAND STATE: — Boy, 5, is hurt amid shootout

A 5-year-old boy was shot in the leg last night when a man fired a sawed-off shotgun at another man in the hallway of a high-rise apartment building in the drug-plagued Lexington Terrace housing project.

Both men escaped, city police said. But David Ferguson, of the 1800 block of W. North Ave., was in stable condition today at the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Central District police said David was shot shortly before 8 p.m. in the apartments in the 700 block of W. Lexington St. The gunman missed his target, but a pellet ricocheted off a wall and struck David's right leg, police said.

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The man found shot to death Tuesday in Pimlico was identified today as Antonio Eric Gray, 28, of the 2800 block of Santa Fe Ave. in Northwest Baltimore, city police said.

Mr. Gray's body was found about 2:20 p.m. in the 4800 block of Palmer Ave. with several bullet wounds of the head and upper torso.

Fourteen people were left homeless when a tractor-trailer crashed into a two-story Salisbury apartment building yesterday.

None of the 14 occupants was injured, said Ron Callis, owner of the complex that housed 16 apartments and a baseball card shop. He estimated there was $100,000 in damage.

Police said the truck, driven by Travis Edward Newcomb, 22, of Easton, hit the building shortly before 8 a.m. after colliding with a car. Mr. Newcomb was treated for minor injuries and released. Lee Adele Burchett, 49, of Pittsville, driver of the car, was treated for possible back injuries and released.

Anne Arundel County:

The BWI Hub, a commercial area surrounding Baltimore-Washington International Airport, surpasses commercial areas in Reston, Va., and Columbia in jobs and businesses, a county survey shows.

With 3,000 companies, the hub has 800 percent more firms than Reston, which has 321 businesses, and 36 percent more than in Columbia, statistics compiled by the Anne Arundel County Office of Economic Development show.

But "Reston does not represent the Dulles airport hub, which would be a more accurate comparison," said Kelly Boyle, director of public affairs for the Fairfax County Economic Development ,, Authority. Besides Reston, the Washington Dulles International Airport hub includes Herndon, Dulles and Chantilly, she said.

The BWI Hub area is loosely bounded by Baltimore to the north, Glen Burnie to the east, Md. 32 to the south and the county line to the west.

The county's comparison shows the BWI Hub ahead of the other two commercial districts in the number of jobs, with 90,500. Reston has 20,875 and Columbia has 49,600.

The entire Dulles airport area has 96,000 jobs, slightly more than the BWI area, Ms. Boyle said.

Baltimore County:

A meeting to discuss charges leveled against James R. Pennington, president of the Baltimore County NAACP, has been postponed until June at Mr. Pennington's request.

The original meeting had been scheduled last Friday after a member of the county branch's executive board asked the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to oust Mr. Pennington, charging that his "dictatorial" leadership was weakening the county chapter.

Mr. Pennington, who refused comment on the matter, is to attend the meeting along with members of the national NAACP office and Herbert Lindsey, who initiated the challenge.

Carroll County:

A settlement worked out Tuesday in Circuit Court will give Henry Hook a chance to refute theft charges and to lobby members of the Westminster Fire Department for reinstatement.

To settle a lawsuit, Mr. Hook has agreed to defend himself before the department's 125 members. No damages will be awarded, and both parties are responsible for their own legal fees.

The Westminster resident and the department also must sign agreements binding them to the membership's decision.

After more than 50 years as a member of the volunteer department, Mr. Hook, 74, was ousted four years ago, when he was accused of stealing money during a bingo game. The termination also forced him to vacate a term as president of the Carroll County Fire Police.

In a suit, filed in 1988, Mr. Hook said he was not notified of the meeting in which he was dismissed. He had sought $350,000 in damages and reinstatement.

The settlement calls for a general membership meeting of the fire company at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the East Main Street fire hall.

Harford County:

A Harford County Detention Center guard has been found not guilty of administrative charges that she gave false information on her job application.

DeWayne Curry, a spokesman for the county Sheriff's Department, said the unnamed guard, one of four suspended with pay during a monthlong investigation, will return to work. An administrative hearing board determined there had been "a misunderstanding."

Mr. Curry said the investigation began in April after a police informant alleged correctional officers were using drugs.

No such evidence was found, but two other guards, a man and a woman, were dismissed because each had a relationship with a current or former jail inmate -- forbidden under the police conduct code, Mr. Curry said.

Allegations against a fourth guard were unfounded, and he was returned to duty, Mr. Curry said.

Howard County:

A Howard County District judge sentenced peace activist Elizabeth McAlister to 30 days in jail yesterday and ordered her to pay a $50 fine for trespassing in connection with weapons research protests at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Scaggsville.

Judge James N. Vaughan sentenced the wife of longtime Roman Catholic peace activist Philip Berrigan after engaging in a philosophical debate about the law and morality with her.

Ms. McAlister said she will appeal. Supporters claim the sentence is the stiffest ever handed down for protesting at APL. Previously, the most severe penalty was 15 days in jail, said her colleagues from the Baltimore Emergency Response Network.

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