Death of Lothian man remains a mysteryLOTHIAN -- The death...

MARYLAND/REGIONAL BRIEFS

February 08, 1993|By From Staff Reports

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY LOTHIAN — Death of Lothian man remains a mystery

LOTHIAN -- The death of a 28-year-old man found in a small pond yesterday by residents of a mobile home park has been ruled suspicious by Anne Arundel police.

Police were not sure how Raymond Maury Hardy, who lived in the first block of Lyons Creek Mobile Estates, died. Residents of the southern Anne Arundel community found the body about 10:15 a.m.

Capt. Michael P. Fitzgibbons, who heads the police Criminal Investigation Division, said the body was partly clothed and was waist deep in the frigid water. The man was face up, with his upper torso on the bank.

"The investigation, thus far, has not revealed any obvious signs of trauma to the body," Captain Fitzgibbons said. "We're not even sure there was a crime here."

Police said the body had been there less than 12 hours. They discounted rumors in the neighborhood that the man died after falling from a tree.

An autopsy was scheduled for today at the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore.

Cronkite narrates tape on historic Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS

ANNAPOLIS -- When tourists come to eat seafood or stroll by the water in Annapolis, they often miss the history surrounding them. Perhaps Walter Cronkite will change that.

The former CBS anchorman, a longtime Chesapeake Bay sailor, has taped a 1 1/2 -hour walking tour of the city.

The Historic Annapolis Foundation has wanted to offer visitors who miss its group tours a self-guided version for some time, said Linnell R. Bowen, director of development for the nonprofit organization.

The foundation received $50,000 from Anne Arundel County last year to put together the tour. It includes stops at City Dock, the State House, St. John's College and historic homes.

Visitors will be able to rent the tapes and lightweight cassette players for $7 at the Victualling Warehouse on Main Street, when it reopens in March.

House at cemetery is destroyed by fire

BALTIMORE COUNTY

PIKESVILLE

PIKESVILLE -- A vacant house on the grounds of the Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville was destroyed by fire early yesterday, according to Baltimore County fire officials.

Firefighters on a passing engine from the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company saw smoke coming from the area of the cemetery on the way to a minor call about 3:15 a.m.

Another engine company was sent to investigate and found the two-story frame building in flames. The house was near the cemetery entrance on Park Heights Avenue Extended, north of Old Court Road. The cause of the fire was under investigation, fire officials said.

Missing 7-year-old returned unharmed

BALTIMORE CITY

BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE -- A 7-year-old, missing since Thursday, enjoyed a late breakfast with his family yesterday after being returned to his East Baltimore home by a family friend, authorities said.

Police Sgt. Albert Diggs said that no foul play was involved, and no charges were pending against the 31-year-old family friend who had taken young Delroy Headley along on a visit in West Baltimore.

"She just went on about her business but never bothered to tell me anything," said Mary Davis, 32, the boy's mother. "I don't want to press charges. I'm just glad he's home."

The friend was homeless and had been living with the family for several weeks and frequently took Delroy on errands with her, said Ms. Davis, of the 1400 block of N. Gay St.

Two hearings to focus on Howard rezoning

HOWARD COUNTY

ELLICOTT CITY

ELLICOTT CITY -- Developers and slow-growth proponents will square off again this week before the Howard County Zoning Board, but there's a catch -- they can't talk about mixed-use centers, the focal point in the battle over rezoning the eastern half of the county.

Still, enough controversy is inherent in other changes to the zoning map, proposed by county planners or landowners, to fill the Banneker Room in the George Howard county office building tomorrow and Wednesday. The hearings begin at 7:30 p.m.

County Council members, sitting as the Zoning Board, have set aside the two nights for map changes other than mixed-use centers.

Testimony this week will focus on other sites, such as the proposed rezoning of 54 acres between U.S. 29, Route 103, Long Gate Parkway and Route 100 near Columbia, where residents fear the property could become a site for a Walmart, Leedmark, Pace or other giant retailer.

Slow-growth advocates, such as Howard Countians for Responsible Growth, also plan to turn out in opposition to the county planning department's proposal to eliminate zoning allowing three-acre home sites in rural parts of Howard.

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