A 27-year-old man was found slain today in his...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

September 23, 1992

RANDALLSTOWN MAN FOUND SLAIN — A 27-year-old man was found slain today in his Randallstown (( apartment, Baltimore County police reported.

Scott Edward Short was found dead at the Brenbrook apartments in the First block of Cinnamon circle when his brother returned home about 2.30 a.m.

Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman, said the Mr. Short had been stabbed numerous times in the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.

He said robbery was a possible motive, although police initially found no signs of a break-in.

Baltimore City

The owner of a Southeast Baltimore novelty company was found slain in his office yesterday morning, authorities reported.

City police identified the victim as Andrew L. Dorsch Jr., 68, proprietor of the State Sales Co. in the 1800 block of Fleet St. The business, provides gambling wheels and prizes for carnivals and fund-raising events.

Detective Christopher P. Graul of the homicide unit said Mr. Dorsch, who lived on Chesapeake Avenue in southeastern Baltimore County, was found dead by an employee arriving for work.

The body had numerous stab wounds.

Police said they have no suspects in the slaying.

Maryland State

More than 17 tons of trash were removed in the past two weekends from the Assateague Island beach, cleanup coordinators report.

Old tires, lumber, balloons, cigarette butts and a piece of airplane wreckage were among the thousands of items removed.

More than 190 volunteers from six states cleaned up the 22 miles of beach on the Maryland end of Assateague Sept. 12, according to Laurel Valenti of the Committee to Preserve Assateague Island.

About 190 volunteers also helped remove 9.6 tons of debris Sept. 19 from the 16.5-mile stretch of Assateague in Virginia.

In the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling, the Frederic County Board of Education has banned prayer at all school-sponsored events attended by students.

The board voted Monday night on a policy patterned on a Supreme Court ruling in June banning invocations and benedictions at graduation ceremonies.

Anne Arundel County

A Pasadena woman turned the tables on a would-be robber last night when she sprayed the man with a chemical irritant as he tried to remove money bags from a night deposit box, police say.

About 8:30, the woman, 20, was making a deposit at the Maryland National Bank at the Sun Valley Shopping Center at Md. 648 near Mountain Road when a man wearing a Halloween mask approached and said, "Excuse me."

Police said the man then attempted to retrieve at least two bank bags containing an undisclosed sum of cash and checks from night deposit chute when the woman pulled a can of Mace from her purse and sprayed the man.

The irritant penetrated the eyes and nose openings, filling th mask with irritating fumes.

Choking, the man ran behind the shopping center and got away.

The man was described as white, 6-feet tall and weighing about 190 pounds. He walked hunched over and was wearing a long sleeve plaid flannel shirt, dark pants and dark shoes.

Anyone having information is urged to call the Northern District

at 222-6135.

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Plans to build a 400-acre park on surplus land at Fort Meade have been blocked by the federal government.

The West County park proposed by County Executive Robert R. Neall would be incompatible with nature studies already planned for the site, transferred last year to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, refuge manager John Stasko said yesterday.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, who operate the Laurel facility, particularly objected to construction of picnic pavilions, baseball diamonds and concession stands that would destroy the site's natural habitats, he said.

Congress transferred 8,100 "surplus" acres from the Army base to the research center last year on the recommendation of a citizens' advisory panel and the Maryland delegation. The land, once used for Army tank maneuvers, machine-gun practice and parachute training, ranges from dense forest to grassy meadow. It is home to bald eagles, deer and several endangered plant species.

Louise Hayman, Mr. Neall's spokeswoman, said the county has no plans to appeal the decision or submit any more requests.

Baltimore County

Two southwestern county bar owners were fined $250 each this week for serving beer to an undercover, underage county police cadet.

On Aug. 3, Robert Cole, 19, and two county police vice detectives visited the Borderline Bar and Grill in the 3300 block of Washington Blvd. and Shuffles Saloon in the 5600 block of Southwestern Blvd.

Cadet Cole was served a draft beer in each place and was not asked to produce any identification.

Police cadets do not carry identification on undercover visits. After being served, they pay for their drinks and leave. They do not drink the beverage.

MA The fines were imposed during Monday's liquor board hearings.

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