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MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

August 12, 1992

Four indicted in street shootout

Four East Baltimore men have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with a daylight street shootout that left a 2-year-old child wounded, police said.

Five firearms were used in the July 6 gunfight in the 800 block of N. Collington Ave., said Eastern District Officer Edward Bochniak.

The indictments followed a three-week investigation by Officer Bochniak and two FBI agents.

The shooting resulted from a drug dispute, in which the intended target of an ambush returned fire with his own gun, police said. Michael Gordon of the 900 block of N. Collington Ave. was struck in the wrist by a stray bullet.

Eric Wilson, 21, of the 800 block of North Collington was arrested Monday and held on $100,000 bond on charges of attempted murder, assault with intent and reckless endangerment.

A second man was arrested on similar charges last week and two others still are being sought.

The FBI agents who assisted in the probe, Robert Sheehy and M. Allen Little, were assigned to the district as a result of the bureau's renewed efforts against violent crime, using manpower that until recently was designated for counterintelligence work.

City

An internal review of operations at Baltimore's municipal markets has resulted in disciplinary action against a supervisor who was accused of misusing city property and funds.

The review ordered by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was prompted by allegations that the supervisor used city funds to purchase $141 worth of supplies for the employee's home.

Mr. Schmoke would not identify the employee or comment specifically on the allegations, citing the advice of city lawyers. He said the management review "found some problems with the accounting system" of the markets and that "administrative action" had been taken against the employee. Mr. Schmoke added that "some of those matters are still under review."

The allegations were contained in a March 13 letter to the mayor that was signed by five subordinates of the market supervisor. One of the subordinates alleges that he has been harassed since the matter was brought to the mayor's attention.

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The Baltimore zoning board yesterday postponed a hearing on the request by Odells nightclub for a dance hall permit. The city hearing is rescheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.

State

A summer police officer was fired Tuesday after he was charged with stealing evidence, Ocean City police officials said.

Robert J. Plack, 22, of Baltimore -- a seasonal police officer for two years -- was charged with misdemeanor theft, police spokesman Jay Hancock said. An Ocean City police dispatcher could not say last night what was stolen.

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Resurfacing work will be done on Interstate 70 in Frederick County in late August, the State Highway Administration said.

The project will cover six miles of I-70 westbound from Interstate 270 to Ridge Road. One lane of the highway might be closed any time, except rush hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Genstar Stone Products Co. of Hunt Valley has been awarded a $500,000 contract to do the work, which should be finished by midfall.

Anne Arundel

A group of children found an unexploded artillery shell partially buried in the back yard of a Pasadena home yesterday.

A state fire official confirmed that the 77mm rusted shell dated to before World War II. Though the warhead was attached, Deputy State Fire Marshall Richard Brocco could not say whether the bomb could go off.

Brandon Leddon, 6, found the shell about 3:30 p.m. while playing with friends and siblings in his back yard in the 100 block of Waldo Road in Laurel Acres.

"He said, 'Mom, look what I found. We found a bomb,' " said Brandon's aunt, Barbara Prista, who was visiting from Chesterfield. Ms. Prista called police.

Brandon's father, Edward Leddon, said he had mowed over the shell numerous times in the past month. "I thought it was a piece of pipe," he said.

Shortly past 4 p.m., Mr. Brocco took the device away. He said the shell had been fired and showed signs of impact. He said the shell will be turned over to the military for disposal.

Carroll

Few riders and continued financial loss may force the cancellation of Carroll's only commuter bus service to Baltimore.

Bill Rohrbaugh, of Bill Rohrbaugh's Charter Service Inc., has asked the Carroll County commissioners to apply for a Maryland Department of Transportation mass transit subsidy to help him maintain his two commuter bus routes to Baltimore.

Approximately 10 riders a day travel with him from Westminster to Eldersburg to Baltimore, while 20 to 25 passengers ride the Carroll-Baltimore-Gettysburg, Pa., route.

Both bring in only about $87 a day, which doesn't cover the expenses for a driver, Mr. Rohrbaugh said.

The company took a loss of about $175,000 in 1991 on the routes, which are supported by Mr. Rohrbaugh's other travel services.

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