Teen-ager charged in woman's slayingTOWSON -- A Baltimore...

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October 08, 1992

BALTIMORE COUNTY TOWSON — Teen-ager charged in woman's slaying

TOWSON -- A Baltimore teen-ager was arrested and charged yesterday with the murder on Sept. 25 of an Owings Mills Mall employee who was shot in the head during a robbery as she walked to the nearby Metro station.

Nigel Antonio Carter, 17, of the 2300 block of North Rosedale Street, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the slaying of 28-year-old Christina Marie Brown.

Ms. Brown, of Northwest Baltimore, had just left the mall from her job at Saks Fifth Avenue at 2:08 p.m. when she was attacked on a secluded footpath. At 2:18 p.m., a passerby found her dead of a gunshot wound.

The slaying of Ms. Brown, who had worked for a cleaning company contracted by Saks, struck fear in the area while police searched for the killer.

E. Jay Miller, a Baltimore County police spokesman, said the motive for the crime is robbery and the killer is believed to have taken several of Ms. Brown's belongings.

Several of those items, including an identification card owned by Ms. Brown, were recovered in Baltimore after her assailant apparently discarded them, Mr. Miller said.

Charity group's leader stunned by warning

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

ANNAPOLIS

ANNAPOLIS -- Gloria Goldfaden, head of People Against Child Abuse, Inc., said yesterday that she was stunned to learn that her organization was in danger of losing its state charitable registration.

But Secretary of State Winfield M. Kelly, who issued a list of eight charities that had failed to comply with Maryland regulations, said the group has been chronically late in filing financial reports.

Ms. Goldfaden complained that the release would hurt her fund-raising efforts.

Mr. Kelly said that is what he had in mind.

Haunted barn opens 16th Halloween season

CARROLL COUNTY

TANEYTOWN

TANEYTOWN -- This Carroll County town's famous Haunted Barn is in its 16th year, but this season's features are going to be far from predictable, said Jeff Brauning of the Taneytown Jaycees, who operate the fright site for charity.

He and his creative crew have a guest list that would make Dracula take a day job. Freddy Krueger hasn't yet responded to the Jaycees' invitation, but Bigfoot and Mr. Hyde have committed themselves to a visit, although the latter will probably be disguised as a doctor named Jekyll. The attraction also features a mad scientist's lab, a graveyard and a "hall of walls."

Admission to the barn -- on East Baltimore Street (Route 140) just past the railroad tracks -- is $5.

The Jaycees also will offer discount and giveaway nights. During the children's matinee Oct. 24, kids in costume will get a free pumpkin.

Patrons attending the barn's season opener, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, can get in for $2.

Klansman sentenced for hindering officer

EASTERN SHORE

OCEAN CITY

OCEAN CITY -- A Ku Klux Klansman who contended he was only trying to get a fellow Klansman's hood from a thief was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday after being convicted of battery and hindering a police officer.

Hobert Cox, 24, of Elkton was tried and sentenced by District Judge Robert Horsey.

Cox, a member of the Cecil County Invisible Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was arrested July 4 after a Klan recruitment drive on the boardwalk.

He was accused of jumping on the back of a police officer who was trying to handcuff another man.

Ashton contractor charged with bribery

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE -- Authorities charged an Ashton contractor yesterday with bribing the former assistant engineer for the city of Frederick.

John C. Fowler, president of J J&M Masonry Contractors, was charged with one count of federal bribery for allegedly paying $1,000 in 1988 to the former city official, Balanchandra Menon, to obtain a contract to install a brick sidewalk.

Menon pleaded guilty last month to bribery charges in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and in Frederick County Circuit Court.

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