In a case brought on behalf of a Lochearn man...

LOCHEARN --

July 29, 1998|By From staff reports

LOCHEARN -- In a case brought on behalf of a Lochearn man, a federal appeals court judge issued an injunction yesterdayblocking enforcement of a county law barring early campaign signs, leaving political candidates free to erect all the campaign signs they want on private property.

The law prohibits political signs on private property until 30 days before the primary, which this year is Sept. 15. But under the injunction issued by Judge Francis D. Murnaghan Jr. of the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., it cannot be enforced pending a hearing next month.

Warren Taylor, a supporter of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Eileen M. Rehrmann, had challenged the law as unconstitutional. County officials say they will revise the law.

Route 91 road work to restrict traffic to 1 lane

FOWBLESBURG

FOWBLESBURG -- Portions of Route 91 (Emory Road) will be reduced to a single lane beginning Monday to allow highway crews to patch and resurface the road and make drainage improvements.

The lane and shoulder closures -- along a 1.5-mile stretch between the Carroll County line and Hanover Pike -- will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays. The $337,000 project is to be completed by fall, weather permitting.

The work is being done by Gray and Son Inc. of Sparks.

Jury acquits police detective of assaulting his stepson

TOWSON

TOWSON -- After 12 hours of deliberation, a Circuit Court jury acquitted a county police detective yesterday of an assault charge stemming from an October incident involving his stepson, who was 10 at the time.

Though the boy said John Rau slapped him, handcuffed him and wrote "Thief" on his forehead with red marker, he recanted his statement to police that Rau beat him with a belt. The boy later said it was only his mother who beat him with a belt. She was not charged.

Rau, 39, had been suspended without pay from the department after being charged. Police will conduct an internal investigation before deciding whether to return the 16-year veteran to his job. Earlier, Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr. dismissed a charge of child abuse against Rau.

Two teen-agers pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of second-degree murder in the March 9 shotgun slaying of a young man in an East Baltimore apartment after what a prosecutor said was an argument over drugs or money.

As part of a plea agreement, Circuit Judge Gary I. Strausberg sentenced Carl Andre Keys, 18, to 30 years in prison on the murder charge, but suspended a 20-year sentence on a conviction for first-degree assault. Miguel Duke, 19, was sentenced to 25 years, with all but seven years suspended.

Assistant State's Attorney William D. McCollum Jr. said Keys fired two shots from a shotgun with a pistol grip that struck Jason Hursey, 19, in the face and the chest, and said Duke aided and encouraged him in the crime in the 400 block of E. Lafayette St.

Body of woman discovered in home; autopsy ordered

A woman was found dead yesterday in the bathroom of her West Baltimore home, and police said that while there were no obvious signs of foul play, mild marks of trauma on the body prompted them to order an autopsy.

Police said a relative found the body of Arnita Williams, 49, of the 1000 block of Webb Court about 1: 15 p.m.

City youths to be recognized by lead poisoning group, PAL

The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning and the Baltimore Police Athletic League will recognize youths for their efforts in promoting lead prevention at a ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday at Police Headquarters, 601 E. Fayette St.

Youths from the city's 26 PAL centers will be honored for art projects they completed for the PAL (Parents Against Lead) to PAL (Police Athletic League) program, and certificates of recognition will be awarded to police officials and PAL sites.

The Police Athletic League choir and band will perform.

Pub Date: 7/29/98

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