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January 21, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Man shot by police after a chase dies at Bayview hospital

DUNDALK -- A Dundalk man who was shot by police after a chase died Wednesday night at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, county police said yesterday.

Alex Joseph Janiski, 23, of the 7500 block of Lawrence Road was shot Tuesday by officers called to investigate a forgery complaint at a bank in the 1700 block of Merritt Blvd. Police said four officers chased the man to the side of a building and shot him when he turned and pointed a gun at them.

Officers Anthony DiCara, Todd Edelin, Stephen Forster and Michael Snyder have been placed on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated.

Spouses must join lawsuit against developer, judge says

TOWSON -- A county Circuit Court judge has ruled that two Lutherville men cannot sue a Green Spring Valley developer and a group of homeowners unless their wives join them as plaintiffs.

Judge Thomas J. Bollinger dismissed yesterday a suit filed by Harold H. Burns Jr. and Scott Fine because their wives jointly own their properties and have a legal interest in litigation involving the land. Burns and Fine filed suit in June against Scottish Development Co. and 30 homeowners in Westwicke, seeking a court order requiring the defendants to clean up a trout stream that runs through the community.

Howard J. Schulman, the lawyer for Burns and Fine, said he was uncertain if a new lawsuit would be filed.

Beth El to join 39 synagogues in Sabbath eve music service

PIKESVILLE -- Beth El Congregation will join 39 synagogues in the United States and Canada tonight in a simultaneous premiere of "L'maaseih V'reisheet -- To Recreate the World," a Sabbath eve musical worship service.

The one-hour service, written by Los Angeles composer Michael Isaacson, was commissioned by a coalition of Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Jewry.

The Beth El Junior Choir, under the direction of Cantor Thom King, will sing along with a compact disc that contains orchestral and choral arrangements. The performance is set for 8: 15 p.m. at Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Ave.

Community group to meet on ethics, recreation space

TOWSON -- Project 98 (2000), a community group seeking to improve the quality of life in the county, will discuss conflict-of-interest legislation for elected officials and recreation space policies at a meeting Wednesday.

Group leaders will discuss whether a Prince George's County ethics law and a Cook County, Ill., program to secure open space in older neighborhoods could be adapted to Baltimore County.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Thompson Hall at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave.

In Baltimore City

Jury awards $850,000 to man who received misdiagnosis

A Circuit Court jury has awarded $850,000 to a man after a physician's mistaken diagnosis led to the surgical removal of the man's right testicle in 1996.

The jury of five women and one man deliberated for two hours Wednesday before returning a verdict in favor of Baltimore resident Clarence Pinchback, 34, and against Sinai Hospital and David Zeitung, an emergency room physician who has since retired.

Pinchback, a bus driver for Levindale Convalescent Home, awoke with "excruciating" groin pain March 19, 1996, and was rushed to Sinai's emergency room. Zeitung examined Pinchback, diagnosed gastroenteritis and sent him home. "Within hours, his testicle died from torsion or twisting [causing] a lack of blood supply," said Marvin Ellin, Pinchback's attorney.

Dundalk man is killed when his car hits backhoe

A Baltimore County man was killed early yesterday when his car struck a city Department of Public Works backhoe that was being used in the repair of a broken water pipe in the 100 block of Kane St. in Southeast Baltimore.

Steven B. Corbin, 43, of the 3100 block of Wallford Drive in Dundalk was driving north about 2: 35 a.m. when his Honda Accord ran over several safety cones and struck the front of the backhoe, police said. Corbin was pronounced dead a short time later at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The operator of the backhoe was not injured, police said. Traffic investigators said Corbin might have suffered a heart attack before the accident.

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