The University of Maryland, Baltimore has established a...

City/County Digest

March 03, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON — The University of Maryland, Baltimore has established a research program on pain -- the most common medical complaint in adults. Scientists hope to learn more about the underlying causes of pain and find new therapies.

"Acute pain caused by illness or injury is protective, forcing people to reduce activity and seek medical help," said Dr. Ronald Dubner, program director. But chronic pain involving the jaw, face, lower back, digestive system or pelvic region often has no known cause or treatment.

Dubner is chairman of the department of oral and craniofacial biological sciences at the UMAB dental school. The new program draws on the schools of medicine and dentistry and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Police charge fifth suspect in slaying of barmaid in Feb.

A fifth person has been charged in the death of a South Baltimore barmaid who was fatally shot during an attempted robbery at Rainbow's Pigtown Bar in the 1100 block of Sargeant St. on Feb. 11, police said.

Gregory Palmer, 26, of the 5300 block of Cuthbert Ave., believed to have been the lookout, was arrested last week and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Theresa Elaine Ambrose, 35, said Lt. Timothy G. Keel of the homicide squad.

Last week, police arrested four teen-age suspects, including a twin brother and sister, and charged each with first-degree murder. All five are being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

Two men wanted in slaying of woman are arrested

Two men charged in warrants with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder were arrested yesterday and were being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.

City officers arrested Michael Kennedy, 22, of the 400 block of E. 28th St. at South Broadway and Gough Street. Police said Terrence Smith, 17, of the 500 block of Chestnut Hill Ave. was arrested in the 400 block of E. Lanvale St. by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

The suspects had been sought in the fatal shooting of Rotanya Dickerson, 25, of the 300 block of Whitridge Ave. and the attempted murder of two others Feb. 7 in the 4200 block of Erdman Ave., police said.

TOWSON -- Harry S. Johnson, a partner in the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and a resident of Cockeysville, has been appointed chairman of the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission for a two-year term.

The commission investigates complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation and finance.

County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger noted Johnson's experience in civil litigation and his professional and civic activities. Johnson is a member of the board of governors of the Maryland State Bar Association and the board of directors of the Afro-American Newspapers.

3 Balto. County captains given new police duties


TOWSON -- Three captains have been given new duties in the Baltimore County Police Department, according to spokesman Bill Toohey.

The three-way swap puts Capt. Brian A. Uppercue, 41, in charge of the White Marsh-Parkville precincts, replacing Capt. Howard B. Hall. Hall, 33, will replace Capt. Ronald A. Schwartz, 50, as head of Tactical Support Services Section at headquarters. Schwartz will take Uppercue's former position as head of the Youth and Community Resources Section, which oversees the Drug Abuse Resistance Education and Police Athletic League programs.

The new assignments were effective Friday.

Gandhi's grandson to speak on nonviolence at Goucher


TOWSON -- Arun Gandhi, grandson of India's late spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi and co-founder of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, will discuss "Nonviolence in a Violent World" at 8 p.m. today in Merrick Hall at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road.

The free lecture, which is open to the public, will focus on Gandhi's relationship with his grandfather and his efforts to continue the slain leader's legacy. Information: 410-337-6333.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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