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March 08, 2000|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Boy set on fire by playmate after argument in home

A 9-year-old East Baltimore boy was severely burned last night after a playmate doused him with hair spray during an argument and set him afire with a match, according to police.

Robert Myers of the 1600 block of E. 28th St. suffered second- and third-degree burns to his face, neck and head in the 6: 18 p.m. incident at a house in the 2700 block of Tivoly Ave., police said. He was being treated in the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where a nursing supervisor refused to release his condition.

An 11-year-old boy was taken into custody, police said, and charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault. The children were alone at the time of the incident.

Jurors selected in trial for 1995 homicide

A jury of four men and eight women was selected yesterday in Circuit Court to try three men in a long-delayed murder case. Opening statements were expected today.

Jay Anderson, 31, William Harrison, 23, and Stacey Wilson, 30, are accused of killing Shawn L. Suggs, 21, in October 1995. A fourth defendant, Dontae Spivey, 22, will be prosecuted separately.

The case was dismissed in January last year after a judge ruled that three years of postponements violated the defendants' right to a speedy trial. The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, overturned the dismissal and the defendants were charged again this summer. The case was the catalyst for extensive reforms in city Circuit Court.

Police on abandoned car call find body of man in vehicle

Police responding to a call for an abandoned car early yesterday 3-7 in Northeast Baltimore found the body of a Baltimore County man sitting in the driver's seat. Investigators said he had been shot once in the head.

The 1993 BMW was discovered about 1 a.m. in the 1100 block of E. Belvedere Ave., just east of Chinquapin Park near the Alameda Shopping Center.

Police identified the man as Leonard Keith Kling Jr., 22, of the 400 block of S. Taylor Ave. in Essex.

Appeals court returns case against bar for review

Maryland's Court of Special Appeals has ruled that the Baltimore liquor board did not have enough evidence to bring charges against a downtown club accused of serving alcohol to patrons after 2 a.m.

The Windsor Club, near Baltimore and Calvert streets, had appealed a Circuit Court ruling. According to the lower court's findings, police officers observed patrons at the club consuming liquor after hours on May 24, 1998.

In its ruling announced Monday, the state's intermediate appellate court found that the Circuit Court was not given enough information by the liquor board to make a ruling and sent the case back to the board for review.

In Baltimore County

Activists, county agency to discuss health of streams

MONKTON -- Save Our Streams and the county Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management will hold a conference on the health of the county's streams from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 at Camp Puh' Tok in Monkton.

At the meeting, county residents will be provided information on water quality in the streams. Charles Conklin, president of the Gunpowder Watershed Coalition, will be the keynote speaker.

Information: 410-969-0139.

Small-business fund raises loan maximum to $500,000

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Small Business Loan Fund, a partnership between the county Department of Economic Development and the region's leading financial institutions, has doubled its maximum loan amount to $500,000.

The loans are designed to stimulate capital investment and job creation. They can be used for real estate, fixed assets or working capital. Qualifying businesses can leverage low-interest private sector loans with county loans.

Information or applications: Stanley Jacobs, chief financial officer with the department, at 410-887-8000.

Volunteers sought to work in nursing home program

TOWSON -- The county Department of Aging is seeking volunteers willing to investigate and resolve nursing home problems.

Volunteers will be asked to make a minimum six-month commitment to the program. Training sessions are scheduled 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3 and 5: 30 to 8: 30 p.m. April 5, 6, 10 and 12

The enrollment deadline is March 17. Information: 410-887- 4200.

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