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January 17, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Argument over ice cream leads to fatal stabbing

A 32-year-old man was stabbed to death with a combat knife Monday night after complaining that a housemate was dripping ice cream and spitting sunflower seeds on the carpet of the Highlandtown rowhouse they shared, police said yesterday.

Billy Ray Chavis of the 200 block of S. Highland Ave. was attacked about 10 p.m. as he and several others watched television. Witnesses told investigators that when Chavis scolded a housemate for making a mess, the argument turned violent and led to the stabbing. Chavis was declared dead at 10:40 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Yesterday, police issued an arrest warrant for Daniel Rosales, 49, Chavis' housemate, on a first-degree murder charge.

Collapsing wall injures three city firefighters

Three firefighters were injured yesterday when the front wall of a vacant rowhouse fell on them as they battled a two-alarm blaze in Little Italy.

Battalion Chief Hector Torres said one firefighter suffered a possible broken leg and was being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Two others sustained minor injuries and were treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, he said.

Torres said the firefighters, whose names were not released, were in front of one of two burning adjacent vacant dwellings in the first block of S. Exeter St. shortly after 7 p.m. when the brick front wall of one house collapsed. The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.

Officer testifies suspect drove 104 mph into cruiser

A Baltimore police officer testified yesterday in city Circuit Court that a fleeing shooting suspect was driving about 104 mph in April when he crashed into a police cruiser on West Lombard Street, killing Officer Kevon M. Gavin.

Officer Raymond Howard testified in the first-degree murder trial of Eric D. Stennett, who is accused of intentionally ramming Gavin's car. Stennett, then 17, was clad in body armor and racing away from police who testified that they saw him shooting into a crowd.

Stennett's attorney, A. Dwight Pettit, maintains that his client hit a parked car and lost control of his Ford Bronco. Howard, a police accident investigator, initially reported that a tire mark showed Stennett was accelerating before the crash. On further investigation, he changed that opinion but not his belief that Stennett was aiming for Gavin's car.

Mayor aims to illuminate city in purple for Ravens

Mayor Martin O'Malley spoke with a purple passion yesterday at a breakfast meeting of the Greater Baltimore Alliance at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

Urging the 400 or so government officials and business people in attendance to get behind the Super Bowl-bound Ravens as he has, O'Malley told the crowd to light their buildings in the home team's color - purple.

O'Malley has illuminated City Hall and the Washington Monument with purple lights.

Homebuyers workshop planned for Saturday

Sandtown-Winchester Community Development Corp. is sponsoring a free homebuyers workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Gilmor Building, 1135 N. Gilmor St.

Budgeting, understanding credit reports, working with a lender, the role of a real estate agent and home inspections are among the topics to be covered at the workshop, sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Registration is required. Information: 410-462-1397.

Microsoft donates $50,000 in software to schools

Microsoft Corp. donated $50,000 in educational computer software to Baltimore public schools yesterday.

The gift includes copies of Encarta Reference Suite 2001 that will allow schoolchildren to use an online encyclopedia of black history and culture.

Microsoft also gave the school system 250 copies of the Windows 2000 operating system to upgrade 6,000 computers donated last year by the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn.

In Baltimore County

St. Paul's headmistress plans to retire in 2002

BROOKLANDVILLE - Evelyn A. Flory, headmistress of St. Paul's School for Girls since 1995, has announced her plans to retire, effective June 2002.

Flory, who has been teacher and administrator during a 30-year professional career, led the school during construction of a new athletic center and renovation of the school's science wing.

Flory also restructured the middle school and added Advanced Placement courses at the high school level. A search committee has been established to find Flory's successor.

Workshop set for teens living with chronic illness

TOWSON - A workshop for teen-agers living with chronic illness will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St.

The program will address such topics as Taking Charge and Managing Chronic Illness, Explaining Illness to Others and Knowing What to Expect for the Future.

The cost is $10 per family, with free parking. Information: Maryland Lupus Foundation, 1-800-777-0934.

Workers are sought for school cafeterias

TOWSON - The Baltimore County school system is seeking employees to fill positions at school cafeterias.

Recruitment meetings will be held today at Lansdowne Middle School; Monday at school system headquarters in Towson; Jan. 24 at General John Stricker Middle School; and Feb. 6 at Milford Mill Academy.

All meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m. Applicants should bring $42 for a background check and two forms of personal identification. Information, 410-887-4080.

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