Parolee is suspect in woman's stabbing deathBALTIMORE -- A...


September 15, 1992|By From Staff Reports

BALTIMORE — Parolee is suspect in woman's stabbing death

BALTIMORE -- A man recently paroled for murder is being sought by police in Friday's stabbing death of an East Baltimore woman, who was found near a trash bin.

Leonard Harris, 32, is charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the slaying of Sheila Venable, 24, of the 2100 block of Odell Ave.

Harris was living with Ms. Venable at the time of her death; the two were roommates but were not romantically involved, police said.

Officials said they believe that Ms. Venable was killed in her home, then wrapped in a sheet by her killer, who tried to put the body in a trash bin across the street.

The partially clad body was found next to the trash bin at 6:50 a.m. Friday, a short distance from the Hollander Ridge housing complex.

Harris also is being sought on a federal warrant charging him with violating his parole for a prior murder conviction, police said. That case involved a cabdriver who was fatally shot in Washington in a 1986 robbery, police said.

He served an unspecified number of years for the murder and was placed on probation.

Police said they attempted to locate Harris at various locations he is known to frequent in Baltimore and Washington, but he remained at large last night. Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to call detectives at 396-2100.

Weinberg Foundation adds to relief efforts


BALTIMORE -- The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has given another $250,000 to Hurricane Andrew relief efforts, bringing its total to $400,000.

The latest donation from the Baltimore-based charitable organization, one of the 20 largest in the country, will go to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. The Weinberg Foundation already had given $100,000 to the Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund and $50,000 to the Archdiocese of Miami.

Under the foundation's charter, written before Harry Weinberg's death in November 1990, money must go to groups that help the needy, with at least 25 percent of annual donations going to Jewish charities.

2 held in break-in try at Sarbanes' home


BALTIMORE -- Bail was set at $35,000 each yesterday for two men who allegedly attempted a break-in at the Guilford home of U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, authorities said.

Baltimore police spokesman Sam Ringgold said a neighbor called 911 after noticing two men walking around the senator's house in a suspicious manner about 7 p.m. Friday.

When the men appeared to try the door, a neighbor approached and asked what they were doing.

The men ran, but were stopped by an arriving Northern District officer. The men were carrying tools the police believed would have been used to break into the house, Mr. Ringgold said.

Charged with attempted breaking and entering were Clarence Tyson, 33, of the 5100 block of St. Georges Ave., and Kirk Haley, 28, of the 1400 block of Mosher St.

District Court Judge Gary Bass sent them to the Baltimore City Detention Center in lieu of bail. Trial was set for Oct. 14.

Neither man appeared to know it was Sarbanes' house, Judge Bass said.

Anti-dissection plea is denied at UM


COLLEGE PARK -- The University of Maryland Campus Senate yesterday rejected a proposal to allow students to refuse to dissect animals.

The plan pushed by animal-rights activists failed by a 3-to-1 ratio.

Animals-rights advocates wanted the Senate, composed of faculty, staff and students, to recommend that instructors offer alternatives to students concerned about using animals.

Several faculty members, however, said the proposal would curtail "academic freedom." Several professors said there is no viable alternative to the use of animals in learning certain procedures.

"The student cannot insist on replacement of fundamental issues within the course," said campus Provost Jacob Goldhaber. "If we pass it, it is a crumbling of what academic freedom means."

1.2 million hours pledged for school aid


OWINGS MILLS -- Volunteers have pledged to spend more than 1.2 million hours in schools in Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia in response to Maryland Public Television's Project Reach Out, a telethon that sought volunteer time rather than dollars.

"The governor's office [on voluntarism] tells us that's the equivalent of $12 million," said Elizabeth Malis, spokeswoman for MPT. "We feel very satisfied. We were hoping for a million."

The fifth annual volunteer telethon, conducted last Thursday night on all MPT channels, asked people to give time to a neighborhood school. Most volunteers offered two to four hours a week, but some offered as many as 40, Ms. Malis said.

Working with the Maryland Department of Education, the telethon matched volunteers with schools in their areas. Volunteers will tutor students, assist teachers and work in school libraries and offices.

Firearms deer season extended to two weeks


INDIAN SPRINGS -- For the first time in Maryland, the firearms season for deer hunting will be two weeks instead of one, state wildlife officials said yesterday.

"This will increase recreational hunting activity, giving people a second week and a third Saturday to hunt," said Thomas P. Mathews, regional wildlife biologist. "And with the expanding deer herd, it's going to be possible to increase the kill in some parts of the state."

State wildlife officials, who spoke at a news conference at Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area, said the state's expanding deer herd triggered the change. Neighboring Pennsylvania and West Virginia have had two-week firearms seasons for years.

Maryland's new two-week firearms season in Maryland begins Nov. Nov. 28 and ends Dec. 12.

Last year, 46,603 deer were killed in Maryland by hunters using firearms, muzzleloaders and bows.

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