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MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

September 03, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — Boy hunted in school assault

Baltimore police and school officials were trying yesterday to identify a boy who at gunpoint demanded sex from a female ninth-grader during Tuesday's start of classes at Patterson High.

The 14-year-old victim told police she was pushed to the end of a hallway by three boys, one of whom pulled the gun from his waistband and threatened to kill her unless she had sex with him.

At that point, police said, his two friends walked away.

The boy indecently touched the girl, then let her go, police said, and she reported the incident to a member of the staff of the East Baltimore school.

Police said they did not know if the boy is a Patterson student. If he is arrested, he could be charged with attempted rape and aggravated assault, police said.

City police said an unidentified man was shot to death last night while seated behind the wheel of his car near an apartment building in the 4300 block of Eldone Road in Yale Heights.

A quantity of what police said were drugs was found in his pockets, investigators said.

After checking fingerprints, police said today they believe the victim to be a 20-year-old man from York, Pa.

The detective said a Southwestern District patrolman was near the 4300 block of Eldone Road about 9:30 p.m. when he heard several gunshots on a nearby parking lot.

Anyone with information about the slaying is urged to call the homicide squad at 396-2100.

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Johns Hopkins University officials have upheld their expulsion of a student accused in a sexual assault of a Loyola College student in Hopkins' Alpha Delta Phi fraternity house last year.

The one-year suspension of a second student accused in the same incident also has been upheld, University Provost Joseph Cooper said.

The two students had appealed the college punishment, imposed in April by Susan K. Boswell, dean of students.

No criminal charges have been filed. The university declines to name the students or provide details of the incident.

Maryland State:

The Frederick County Planning Commission has agreed to establish an agricultural buffer zone to shield the historic town of New Market from development.

Bob White, a member of the commission, said the buffer, comprising 500 to 1,000 acres of farmland, would protect the environment and maintain the historic character of New Market.

New Market, called Maryland's antiques capital for its 30-plus antiques shops, is just off Interstate 70 east of Frederick.

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A law intended to prevent top Prince George's County officials from accepting direct political contributions from developers is illegal, a judge ruled yesterday in Upper Marlboro.

The law barred zoning applicants with pending cases in the county from contributing to the election campaigns of county executive and council members. It also forbade council members from voting on zoning cases involving anyone who contributed to their campaigns in the previous three years.

The law allowed developers to contribute to county campaigns only if they contributed to a slate of candidates.

Circuit Court Judge George Bowling ruled that the provisions were illegally attached to an unrelated measure by the General Assembly. An assistant attorney general said the decision will be appealed.

Anne Arundel County:

An Anne Arundel County panel vowed yesterday to pursue alleged wrongdoing at the Millersville Landfill despite threats that it will be disbanded if it does.

The Millersville Landfill Advisory Committee will press county officials to explain why the facility was in chronic violation of state environmental laws -- and, its members believe, county zoning and health codes -- since it opened in 1974, chairman John Scofield said.

Thomas H. Neel, director of the county Department of Utilities, has charged that the committee, created as a liaison between the landfill's neighbors and its managers, had become "hostile" and had strayed beyond its scope.

"That landfill serves 430,000 citizens," Mr. Neel said. "We can't allow a small group to dictate how we use that kind of countywide asset."

Baltimore County:

About a dozen Baltimore County firefighters, two fire engines and a ladder truck were called to the county courthouse in Towson yesterday when smoke alarms in the 130-year-old stone building went off.

The culprit?

"Popcorn," said fire department Capt. Reggie Shephard Jr.

An unidentified county worker in the courthouse basement apparently decided to prepare a bag of microwave popcorn, but the popcorn burned and smoke filled the basement, Captain Shephard said.

"It's a common occurrence," he said. "They put it in and forget it."

No one was injured, and nothing was damaged. Firefighters were on the scene for only four minutes.

Carroll County:

Reporting a burglary might have been more trouble than it was worth for Angelo Monteleone of Union Bridge.

The 31-year-old pizza shop owner lost nearly $45,000 from his rTC bedroom closet safe Dec. 16. His wife, Kristina Ann, 25 and her friend, Matthew L. Conaway, 22, were charged with the crime.

Although charges were dropped when lawyers questioned whether someone could be tried for breaking into her own home, the $90,000 in the safe aroused the curiousity of the Internal Revenue Service and the FBI.

Both agencies examined Mr. Monteleone's tax returns and said that his reported income made that amount of money in small bills highly unlikely.

In addition, the Carroll County narcotics task force filed a civil suit in Carroll's Circuit Court Monday claiming it should be allowed to keep the $32,089 found in Mr. Conaway's truck.

The money might have been used in drug transactions, the task force said.

Ransom J. Davis, Mr. Monteleone's attorney, said there is no evidence connecting the money -- the remainder of the sum Mr. Conaway said was taken from the safe -- to drug transactions.

No drugs have been found in the pizza shop in either task force and FBI searches.

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