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June 24, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Lawler is selected to be chief judge of Orphans' Court

ANNAPOLIS -- Baltimore County Orphans' Court Judge Theresa A. Lawler was named the court's chief judge by Gov. Parris N. Glendening yesterday.

Lawler has filled a court seat left vacant last year when Grace Connolly resigned to run for public office. Her responsibilities will include overseeing the administration of wills, trusts and estates.

Lawler's 20-year legal career includes experience in estate and tax planning. A 1977 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, she serves on the faculty of the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers.

Hereford fire company marking 75th anniversary

HEREFORD -- Hereford Volunteer Fire Company will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a display of firefighting memorabilia, fire-safety lessons for children and other activities at an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Books detailing the fire company's history, with a blanket depicting the company's original 1924 firehouse and other area landmarks, will be on sale at the open house, which will be held at the fire station at 510 Monkton Road.

A memorial service for deceased fire company members is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday at Hereford United Methodist Church, York and Monkton roads.

Md. provides $50,000 grant for planned nature center

CHASE -- The state has provided a $50,000 grant for work on Marshy Point Nature Center, a planned 500-acre learning center on the Dundee and Saltpeter creeks in eastern Baltimore County.

The $2.7 million park will provide a learning environment for schoolchildren and visiting tourists. The park will provide marked trails and canoe docks when it opens next year.

More than 50,000 people visit the county's other nature park at Oregon Ridge annually.

In Baltimore City

Winnie Mandela will give commencement address

Winnie Mandela, a member of South Africa's Parliament and ex-wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, will join author Walter Mosely as commencement speaker at East Baltimore's Sojourner-Douglass College. Both will receive honorary doctorates of humane letters.

Gossie Harold Hudson, an educator and writer, will also receive an honorary degree.

The graduation ceremony, the 19th for Sojourner-Douglass, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium of Dunbar High School, 1400 Orleans St.

Police seeking motive for man's fatal shooting

Police had no suspect and were seeking a motive yesterday in the fatal shooting of a man near his Northwest Baltimore home Tuesday night.

Detective Kirk Hastings said officers found the body of Sean Atkins, 33, about 9: 50 p.m. on the sidewalk two blocks from his home in the 4300 block of Fairfax Road in the Forest Park area. Hastings said Atkins had been shot at least once.

Orioles' players wives restoring Habitat house

The wives of Orioles baseball players are restoring a house in Waverly -- the team's home when Memorial Stadium was in use -- for Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity. Their husbands will pitch in with labor.

Through donations, the wives will help transform a vacant rowhouse at 700 E. 30th St. into a home for a low-income family. The family will put 300 hours of "sweat equity" into the project.

A ceremony will be held at the house at 5 p.m. today. Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit housing group, has rehabilitated 36 homes in Northeast Baltimore and has seven under construction.

Man charged with murder in death of Homeland man

A man awaiting trial in two home-invasion robberies last year has been charged with first-degree murder in the February death of an elderly Homeland man.

Detective Al Marcus said yesterday that Michael Patrick Stewart, 47, of the 1100 block of Forrest St. in East Baltimore was charged Tuesday in the killing of James Chilis, 80, of the 4500 block of Underwood Road, also a victim of a home-invasion robbery. Chilis was about to enter his home Nov. 6 when someone forced him inside, beat him on the head with a telephone and robbed him. He died of his injuries Feb. 19.

Marcus said Stewart is being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center. The incidents occurred Oct. 28 in Homeland and Nov. 1 in Charles Village.

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