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September 09, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — UMAB police officer wins case

The University of Maryland at Baltimore cannot force its black police officers to shave if they have a severe skin disease, Maryland's second-highest court has ruled.

The ruling by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld the state Human Relations Commission's award of $22,591 in back pay to Donald Boyd.

Mr. Boyd has a skin condition called pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) that causes scarring, bleeding and pain and is aggravated by shaving. The disorder usually afflicts black men. The most effective treatment is not shaving.

Lee D. Hoshall, assistant general counsel for the Human Relations Commission, said the court's decision yesterday would alter the grooming policies of the state police and Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County police.

"This decision makes it absolutely clear that police agencies will have to abolish no-beard policies or modify them so that people with this condition can be allowed to wear a beard," said Mr. Hoshall, who represented Mr. Boyd in the appellate court proceedings.

A three-judge panel ruled that the beard ban adversely affects the university's black male officers. Judge Robert F. Fischer noted that other police agencies allow exceptions for those with the condition.

An unidentified man was in critical condition at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center after being struck several times by a car in the 2600 block of Greenmount Ave. early today.

The man was seen crossing the street about 2 a.m. when he was hit the first time. Witnesses told police the motorist then backed up and struck the man at least three more times before driving away.

The victim sustained multiple head and upper body injuries.


City police identified a man found fatally shot in a car at Ashland and North Patterson Park avenues early yesterday morning as a 33-year-old from Dundalk.

Homicide detective Chris Graul said the death of John August Paulino, of the 7400 block of Poplar Ave., appeared to be drug-related.

Detective Graul said Mr. Paulino appeared to have been trying to escape from whoever shot him.

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


A Prince George's County man has been charged with abducting a Baltimore teen-ager at gunpoint and forcing him to have sex, city police said yesterday.

Kevin Lee Hall of Upper Marlboro has been charged with kidnapping, handgun violations and four counts of perverted sex practices, Agent Douglas Price said.

He is accused of forcing the boy into his car at gunpoint about 1 a.m. Monday and driving him to an Elkridge motel, where, the teen-ager alleges, he was forced to have sex with Mr. Hall. After the assault, he was driven back to his Southwest Baltimore neighborhood, police said.

Mr. Hall is involved in the congressional campaign of 5th District candidate Larry Hogan Jr.

Anne Arundel County:

A coalition of black leaders is calling on Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins to appoint Alderman Samuel Gilmer acting mayor while Mr. Hopkins recuperates from heart surgery.

Yesterday, the Black Political Forum faulted the mayor, a Democrat, for selecting a Republican instead of a fellow party member.

Three days before he underwent triple bypass heart surgery, Mr. Hopkins appointed Alderman John Hammond, who represents Ward 1, as acting mayor. The political organization argued that the mayor should have chosen Mr. Gilmer, a black man and the City Council's ranking Democrat.


A Pasadena man was killed and another was seriously injured when their car veered out of control on a curve on an Anne Arundel County road, striking a tree and fence early today.

Michael F. Hardy, 21, of the 200 block of Meadow Road, was pronounced dead at North Arundel Hospital after being thrown from a 1985 Nissan 300ZX on Duvall Highway near Queenspark Road shortly after 1 a.m.

Police said the driver, Michael W. Mettle, 20, of the 1000 block of Fitz Ct., was taken to the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious condition.

Mr. Mettle was driving east on Duvall Highway at a high rate of speed, police said, when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve. Police said excessive speed and alcohol appeared to have been factors.

Carroll County:

A Taylorsville couple has been cleared by a federal judge to take their $1.5 million suit against the state and county to trial.

David and Marsha Hodge claim the Carroll County Social Services Department and the state Department of Human Resources wrongly indicated that they abused their infant son.

Mr. and Mrs. Hodge sued in January because the state would not remove the family's name from its master file, even though they were exonerated of physical abuse.

For three years, a statewide data bank linked the Hodges to "unsubstantiated" physical abuse of their son. They learned a month ago that an apparent coding error also listed them as "indicated" for sexual abuse.

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