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July 15, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — Two slaying suspects are arrested

Two men charged with killing a man in Southwest Baltimore last Wednesday were arrested yesterday in Baltimore County after a stakeout at a Towson apartment complex, county police said.

Rodney Jerome Greene, 23, of the 2100 block of Hollins St. in the city, was arrested at 11 a.m. as he neared the Fairbrook Park apartments in the 7500 block of Johnnycake Road, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman.

An alleged accomplice, James Wesley Cornish, 26, of Fairbrook Park, had been arrested hours earlier, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

He said they were taken to the Woodlawn station, where they were served with warrants accusing them of the July 8 slaying of Michael Lavon Alston, 36, of the 4700 block of Homesdale Ave.

Mr. Alston was gunned down during a drug-related dispute that occurred just after midnight in the first block of S. Smallwood St., city police said. They said cocaine was found on the victim.

A group of Baltimore ministers complained yesterday that the city school system has left them in the dark about efforts to hire a private company to run nine city public schools starting this September.

"There is a sense of not being totally open and honest with the people and the community," said the Rev. Arnold Howard, vice president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and pastor of Enon Baptist Church.

City officials announced last month their intention to hire Education Alternatives Inc. of Minneapolis to operate one middle school and eight elementary schools.

Even if plan works, the alliance said, the nine schools would benefit to the exclusion of others.

School officials had set today as the target for a final contract, but details still are being worked out.

School spokesman Nat Harrington rejected claims that the EAI contract is being rammed through without public discussion.


A 36-year-old Gaithersburg man was shot and killed yesterday after he refused to give a gunman the keys to his car, District of Columbia police said.

Michel Matsangakis was shot at a gas station in the 4100 block of Georgia Ave., N.W, about 12:25 a.m., police said.

Mr. Matsangakis was on his way home after closing the restaurant he owned on MacArthur Boulevard. He stopped to get change at a gas station, where a man approached and demanded the keys to his Porsche. When he resisted, the man fired, hitting him in the face and side, police said.

Mr. Matsangakis, who was married and father of a 16-month-old son, died a short time later at Washington Hospital Center.

The assailant fled but did not take the victim's car.


A 17-year-old Fort Washington girl found guilty of an unsuccessful plot to rob and kill her father and stepmother was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison.

After handing down the sentence in the case of Amy Lynne Smith, Prince George's County Circuit Judge G. R. Hovey Johnson recommended that she be sent to Patuxent Institution, where she could obtain psychiatric treatment.

Judge Johnson ordered a series of psychiatric tests after he found Smith guilty in May of 14 counts, including attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Officials said Smith's plan included a friend, Derrick Jones, who agreed to stage a robbery in her home that would end with the deaths of her parents. But her father, Maryland-National Capital Park Police Cpl. Dennis Smith, grabbed a gun from the Jones youth and killed him July 31.

Anne Arundel County:

An Annapolis man pleaded guilty yesterday in county Circuit Court to solicitation to commit murder for his role in a plot to kill his wife's former husband in Florida.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutor Eugene M. Whissel II will recommend that Nicholas Emilio Toro, 38, of the 1100 block of Primrose Court, receives no more than four years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 28.

Toro and James Allen McCown, 39, of the 1600 block of Crownsville Road, were accused of hiring an undercover state trooper to kill Johnny Richard Messick of Melbourne, Fla. McCown pleaded guilty June 16 to the same charge and will be sentenced Aug. 3.

Baltimore County:

A construction worker was crushed yesterday while dismantling a crane on a bridge being built over Interstate 83, county police said.

Steven L. Paterson, 32, of Frederick, was killed about 2 p.m. yesterday at Warren Road near I-83, police said. Mr. Paterson was working alone when the crane's boom became dislodged and fell on his back.

Mr. Paterson, an employee of R.F. Kline Construction Co. of Frederick, was dead at the scene, police said.

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the accident, police said.

Carroll County:

Westminster police will have a new home in about a year.

The Westminster City Council voted Monday to acquire the old Westminster Auto Parts Store on Locust Street for $250,000, a price lower than the two appraisals the legislative body had received.

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