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January 28, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Booker awaiting board meeting before acting on principal

City education chief Robert Booker is waiting until the school board meets again to announce whether he will agree to demands from an East Baltimore politician to remove a high school principal.

Democratic state Del. Hattie N. Harrison has been urging Booker to remove Dunbar High School Principal Joyce Jennings, who has refused to give Harrison a say in running the school.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Friday's Maryland section reported that a man arrested on drug charges was a guard for Kashif Security Services Inc. The company says the man, identified as Steven Palmer, 30, had been fired Jan. 8. The Sun regrets the error.

Booker had planned to announce his decision this week but said yesterday that he first wanted to inform the school board. Because of this week's snowstorm, the board's meeting scheduled for Tuesday night was rescheduled for next Tuesday.

Man shot to death at busy intersection

An unidentified man was shot to death last night while standing at a busy intersection in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

The victim, in his 30s, was among several men standing at Liberty Heights and Gwynn Oak avenues about 8: 35 p.m. when an unknown male approached them and shot him in the head, said Lt. Ben Lieu of the homicide squad. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police the victim was the gunman's intended target. Anyone with information should call the homicide squad at 410-396-2100.

City will collect trash in front of homes today

Department of Public Works crews will collect trash today, and residents are asked to place receptacles in front of their homes. Trash usually is picked up in alleys.

Kurt Kocher, a public works spokesman, said many alleys are choked with snow and ice, making it difficult for trash trucks to maneuver. "We won't be going down the alleys," he said.

Kocher said bulk trash will not be collected today.

Event to address neighborhood issues

Soul Food 2000, an event to foster community mobilization and develop ways to address neighborhood issues, will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St. in West Baltimore.

The free event will feature motivational speeches, soul food, music and workshops.

Police have no suspect or motive in slaying of man

Police said yesterday that they had no suspect and knew of no motive in the killing of a Northeast Baltimore man Wednesday night.

Dameon Lee Wheeler, 20, of the 3500 block of Elmley Ave. was being chased by a gunman who shot him in the neck about 5: 24 p.m. near the 1900 block of E. North Ave., said Detective Martin Young of the homicide unit. Wheeler ran east for about a block, then collapsed in the 1800 block of N. Washington St., where police found him.

Wheeler died at 8: 11 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Young said.

Security guard charged with heroin possession

A security guard who works at Lafayette Market was arrested yesterday and charged with attempting to sell 100 capsules of suspected heroin on a West Baltimore corner, city police said.

Steven Palmer, 30, of the 1800 block of Etting St. was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute and was awaiting a bail hearing at Central Booking and Intake Center. He was arrested by undercover officers about 11 a.m.

Officer David Jones of the Central District drug unit said each capsule was to be sold for $10 under the name Black Marble. He said Palmer, who works for Kashif Security, was arrested at Druid Hill Avenue and Presstman Street, a few blocks from the Pennsylvania Avenue market.

In Baltimore County

Bureau of Solid Waste to hold public meetings

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste has scheduled four public meetings to discuss the county's plans for solid waste disposal and recycling in the next decade.

Meetings are scheduled for March 1 at Loch Raven High School; March 6 at Hereford High School; March 9 at the Catonsville Library; and March 13 at the lecture hall of the Community College of Baltimore County at Dundalk. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. If a meeting is canceled, a makeup meeting will be held March 20 in Room 106 of the County Office Building, 111 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson.

County police seek man wanted in armed robbery

TOWSON -- County police are looking for a Baltimore man wanted in an armed robbery.

Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Reginald Baker, also known as Reginald Dickey, of the 2600 block of W. Fayette St. Baker is charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault and a handgun violation, police said.

Police think Baker was the gunman in a robbery at the Rent-A-Center in the 5300 block of Baltimore National Pike on Dec. 30. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call county police at 410-887-2198 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Skin care, makeup event to benefit Suited to Succeed

TOWSON -- Arbonne International, a skin-care and nutrition company, is sponsoring an event to raise money for Suited to Succeed, a nonprofit group that donates business clothing to former welfare recipients in employment training programs.

The fund-raiser, "A New You in the New Millennium," will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, at the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson. The featured guest will be Carol Stover, a makeup artist for television and film. Dr. Jack Frost, a plastic surgeon, will discuss skin care.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Information: 410-744-9650 or 888-665-0134.

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