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October 01, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man found dead in car set on fire behind apartments

The badly burned body of an unidentified man was found early yesterday in the trunk of a car that had been set ablaze behind a West Baltimore apartment complex.

City police Detective Carol Opher said firefighters responding to a 911 call about 5:10 a.m. quickly extinguished the vehicle blaze in the rear parking lot of the Winchester Apartments in the 2400 block of Winchester St. Opening the trunk, they found the body of a black male that - like the car - appeared to have been doused with a flammable liquid and set ablaze, she said.

The car's owner - a 30-year-old man - was identified through the license tags and was being sought. Police said the owner's description did not appear to fit that of the dead man, whose cause of death was not known. An autopsy was to be performed today.

Police inaugurate new law with five DWI arrests

City and state police officers moved quickly yesterday to enforce Maryland's new and tougher drunken-driving standards, checking more than 1,100 cars early yesterday at a downtown intersection.

Police reported detaining 12 drivers from the 1,104 cars that passed through a checkpoint at President and Fayette streets, and charging five of them with driving while intoxicated, city police Sgt. Dean Brightbill said.

The new law, which took effect yesterday, lowers the blood-alcohol level for the state's most serious drunken-driving offenses from .10 percent to .08 percent.

Boy Scout council to honor county NAACP president

Anthony S. Fugett will receive the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award from the Baltimore Area Council of Boy Scouts of America at a ceremony Oct. 17.

Fugett, president of the Baltimore County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is being honored for his work with the NAACP and its youth initiatives and with Scouts.

The award will be presented at the Whitney Young Award Dinner at Martin's West. Information: 410- 338-1700, Ext. 108.

In Baltimore County

Pa. man, 29, killed when truck overturns

PRETTYBOY - A 29-year-old Pennsylvania man was killed early yesterday when his truck ran off a rural road in northwestern Baltimore County and overturned.

County police were called to Grave Run and Church roads, between Prettyboy Reservoir and the Carroll County border, just before 2:30 a.m. yesterday to investigate a motor vehicle accident. They found an overturned Ford F-150.

The driver, Shawn Michael Trish of Glenville, Pa., had been thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The preliminary cause of the accident was listed as driver error.

Md. women's law center will honor delegate, judge

TOWSON - The Women's Law Center of Maryland Inc. will present the 16th annual Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award to Democratic state Del. Maggie L. McIntosh of Baltimore for her efforts on behalf of women's legal rights in the state.

The center, based in Towson, will give Martha F. Rasin, who is stepping down as chief judge of Maryland's District Court, its ninth annual Rosalyn B. Bell Award for outstanding achievements in family law.

The awards will be presented Oct. 29 at the center's annual meeting and awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor Hotel. Advance tickets are $50 for members and $60 for nonmem- bers. Tickets at the door are $65. Information: 410-321-8762.

Seminar on writing grants, proposals set for Saturday

TOWSON - A seminar on grant and proposal writing will be offered by the Baltimore County Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Towson library, 320 York Road.

The seminar - for community leaders and civic groups - will teach the basics of grant and proposal writing to help with applications for community block, community conservation, historic preservation, crime prevention and substance abuse grants.

Registration deadline is Wednesday. Registration: 410-887- 5557.

Department tells residents how, where to leave leaves

TOWSON - Baltimore County's Department of Public Works reminds residents that the proper ways to dispose of leaves are to compost or mulch them or set them out for collection in bags.

Raking or blowing leaves into streets or gutters is illegal, the department said.

Residents should set out bagged leaves the days for yard waste pickup, marked "Y" on the county's One and One recycling schedule. Information: 410-887- 2000 or www.co.ba.md.us.

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