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November 29, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Four strip clubs object to repeated checks by police

Four Baltimore strip clubs said in court papers this week that repeated identity checks by police border on "harassment." They are asking a city judge to determine whether police are violating the clubs' rights.

Club Harem, Oasis Nightclub, The Diamond and Chez Joey, all in the 400 block of E. Baltimore St., filed a complaint for declaratory judgment in Baltimore Circuit Court on Monday. The action does not seek money or a stop to the police action. Instead, it asks a judge to review the identity checks and determine whether they are lawful.

The complaint says police have been entering the businesses on a "systematic and continuous" basis for three months, stopping shows and demanding to see dancers' identification. Sean R. Malone, who heads the Police Department's legal affairs office, did not return calls seeking comment yesterday.

Man hangs himself at police station

A man who had been shot in the face during a dispute yesterday hanged himself with a belt hours later at the Northeastern District police station after officers found three handguns in his house and 78 marijuana plants growing in their basement, authorities said.

Police said the man and his wife -- whose names were not divulged -- were arguing in their home in the 2900 block of Gibbons Ave. about noon when the husband was wounded in the cheek. He drove himself to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment.

The man had been left alone in an interview room before questioning when he used the belt to hang himself from a drainpipe. He was pronounced dead at Union Memorial Hospital at 7:35 p.m. His wife was in custody late last night.

Body of missing man found in water near boat

A brewer last seen early Friday leaving a Fells Point bar was found dead last night by police officers searching the water alongside his sailboat at the nearby Center Dock Marina off the 800 block of S. Caroline St.

The body of Mark Abernathy, 32, was recovered about 4:45 p.m. by Baltimore County police divers assisting city police. It was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Agent Martin Bartness, a city police spokesman, said Abernathy, a former microbrewer at the Capitol City Brewing Co. restaurant at Harborplace, was last seen leaving Bender's Bar in the 700 block of S. Bond St., on his way back to his sailboat home. Capitol City manager Brian Burton said Abernathy was head brewer for at least three years before recently taking a similar post at Old Dominion Brewery in Leesburg, Va.

Police identify man found fatally shot inside his SUV

A man found shot to death Tuesday in the back seat of his sport utility vehicle was identified by police yesterday as Alexander Logan, 26, of the 1700 block of E. 37th St.

Logan had been reported missing earlier Tuesday by a friend or family member, and a relative had reported the GMC vehicle stolen the night before, police said. Detectives found the vehicle -- parked at the curb, locked, with Logan dead inside -- about 9 p.m. near Gwynns Falls Parkway and Roslyn Avenue. It appeared he had been shot in the head inside the vehicle, police said.

MTA to hold meeting on additions to rail service

The Maryland Transit Administration has scheduled a public meeting for 6 o'clock this evening at Good Samaritan Hospital, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd., seeking feedback on possible additions in rail transportation service.

Public input is being solicited on how to better integrate the state's rail system through new destinations and corridors. Also under consideration is development in the city of a "bus rapid-transit route," a single lane restricted to bus use.

An MTA spokeswoman said the session is one in a series of meetings this year and next to prepare proposals for the federal transit reauthorization bill in 2003.

In Baltimore County

Blindness foundation marks 30 years with new building

OWINGS MILLS -- The Foundation Fighting Blindness marked its 30th anniversary yesterday with a ceremony dedicating its new building at 11435 Cronhill Drive.

The foundation, originally the RP Foundation, was started to look for answers to blinding diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. Until recently based in Hunt Valley, it has raised $112 million for research at 55 institutions, including the Johns Hopkins University.

Gordon Gund, the foundation's co-founder and chairman and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, officiated at the ceremony. He has been blind from retinitis pigmentosa for 30 years.

Sparks third-grader wins fire prevention poster contest

TOWSON -- Stephanie Tarlton of Sparks Elementary School has won first place in Baltimore County's 14th annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest.

The contest, co-sponsored by the Fire Department and public schools, asked third-graders to make posters illustrating "Cover the Bases and Strike Out Fire."

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