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November 19, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Woodlawn woman enters Alford plea in boyfriend's death

TOWSON -- On the day her trial on a murder charge was to begin, a Woodlawn woman entered an Alford plea -- declining to plead guilty but acknowledging prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her -- to a second-degree murder charge, said Assistant State's Attorney Marsha Russell.

Diane M. Mustafa, 37, was charged in Baltimore County Circuit Court with first-degree murder in the killing of her boyfriend, William E. Lewis, 42, who was shot twice in the back of the head after the two argued April 20, 1998.

An earlier trial in March ended with a hung jury. A date for sentencing by Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II has not been set.

Man found dead in truck near city-county line

TOWSON -- The body of a man was found yesterday in the driver's seat of a pickup truck parked in Anneslie near the city-county line, police said.

Kirk Anthony Edwards, 48, of no fixed address was found in the truck about 3: 30 p.m. in the 600 block of Walker Ave. by officers responding to a call that the truck had been parked there for most of the day. Edwards' neck was bloody, police said.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner for an autopsy, police said. The truck was being examined for evidence at police headquarters.

New firefighter air masks unveiled in Towson

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger and fire Chief John F. O'Neill unveiled new air masks for firefighters during a ceremony yesterday at the Towson fire station.

Besides allowing firefighters to breath in smoked-filled rooms, the masks have an emergency button that sounds an alarm in case a firefighter becomes trapped.

The 785 masks cost $2.5 million and were paid for by the county.

In Baltimore City

Program to prevent drug use to be held today at Morgan

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City's Division of Family Support, in partnership with Baltimore City School's S.H.O.U.T. --Students Helping Others in Understanding Themselves -- will hold a Youth Awareness Conference at 10 a.m. today in Morgan State University's McKeldin Center.

Designed to discourage drug use, the conference will offer workshops on topics such as drug prevention education, health education and peer pressure. Scheduled speakers include Beatrice Tripp, community aide to City Council President-elect Sheila Dixon, and WERQ (92Q) Radio personalityKonan. Information: 410-396-6194.

Goodwill, schools to hold job counseling for parents

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, in partnership with Baltimore City schools, will hold a fall Job Connections Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Eutaw Marshburn Elementary School, 1624 Eutaw Place.

The program is for parents of school-age children in disadvantaged and impoverished areas. Workshops involving life-skills management, career counseling and job-search assistance will be held. Goodwill counselors will be available to discuss accessing resources in the community such as social-service programs and job training. Information: 410-247-3500.

Lancers raise over $100,000 for Baltimore's homeless

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and members of the Lancers Boys Club presented six Baltimore homeless programs with $10,000 checks yesterday from money raised during a recent Walk for the Homeless.

The Lancers raised more than $100,000 during the effort. The group donated money yesterday to the South Baltimore Homeless Shelter/Christ Lutheran Church, INNterim Housing Corp., the Women's Housing Coalition, ACTS Inc., Marian House and the Jentry McDonald House.

A 54-year-old youth group, the Lancers organized the Nov. 7 walk for the homeless as part of an effort to raise awareness of the city's 20,000 homeless and to raise money for nonprofit organizations that serve them.

Man sentenced to life term in stabbing death of woman

The second man convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing of a 91-year-old Brooklyn woman was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole, said the city State's Attorney's Office.

Christopher S. Mills, 26, who lived two blocks from the victim, Leona Gast Klimm, was convicted Sept. 23 by Circuit Judge John C. Themelis of killing Klimm during an attempted robbery in her home in the 3500 block of Fourth St.

Themelis sentenced Mills, said State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy. On June 15, Themelis sentenced Mills' cousin and roommate, Carlos Roy Halcomb, 26, to life without parole for his role in Klimm's death, which occurred on June 30, 1998.

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