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January 11, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man serving term for attempted rape indicted in 1989 death

A man serving a 25-year prison sentence for attempted rape was indicted yesterday by a city grand jury on first-degree murder charges in the 1989 rape and killing of a Northeast Baltimore woman, officials said.

Anthony Mitchell, 38, who is confined at the state's Eastern Correctional Institution, is accused of killing Charlene A. Hardin, 20, who was found dead - beaten and raped - in a locker room at the abandoned Kirk Athletic Field that December.

Late last year, city police submitted semen taken from the crime scene for DNA testing and the results matched the DNA of Mitchell, officials said. Mitchell was convicted of attempted rape in 1991 in an unrelated case. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the murder charge Feb. 26.

Exploding bullets force firefighters from rowhouse

City firefighters were briefly ordered out of a burning South Baltimore rowhouse yesterday because of the danger of exploding ammunition that had been stored there.

The blaze, reported at 4:30 p.m., extensively damaged the two-story home in the 100 block of W. Fort Ave. owned by Charles Kurth, a retired city police officer who was not there at the time. One firefighter was treated for minor burns, but no one was injured by the exploding bullets, officials said.

Fire Battalion Chief Terry Ryer said the blaze began on the first floor and spread to the upper floor, where boxes of .22-caliber bullets were stored. Firefighters were on the first floor when the bullets began exploding, and Ryer said he ordered his men out of the house until all the ammunition appeared to have been destroyed by the fire.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation last night.

Pastor, author Thomas to deliver King lecture

The Enoch Pratt Free Library will present its 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture at 2 p.m. tomorrow, in Wheeler Auditorium at the central library, 400 Cathedral St.

This year's speaker will be the Rev. Walter Scott Thomas, pastor of Baltimore's New Psalmist Baptist Church since 1975. He is the author of the books Spiritual Navigation for the 21st Century and Good Meat Makes Its Own Gravy, and editor of Volume 4 of Outstanding Black Sermons. He will be introduced at the program by Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of the 7th District.

The lecture, begun in 1981 to honor the birthday of the civil rights leader before it became a national holiday, is intended to commemorate King's legacy of equality and peace, the Pratt said.

Positive Voices to perform at Har Sinai this evening

Singers from Har Sinai Congregation, a Reform synagogue in Northwest Baltimore, will perform with the group Positive Voices during a family service tonight. .

Positive Voices consists of HIV-positive men who travel throughout Maryland to present concerts and education projects in schools, churches and synagogues.

The Har Sinai program will begin at 7 p.m. at the synagogue, 6300 Park Heights Ave.

In Baltimore County

15 children's advocates sworn in, begin CASA duty

TOWSON - Fifteen advocates appointed to oversee cases of abused and neglected children were sworn in to their duties yesterday by Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen G. Cox.

The volunteers for CASA of Baltimore County Inc. will serve as court-appointed advocates for neglected children after being given 30 hours of training.

Those interested in becoming volunteers should call 410-828- 0515.

Ribbon-cutting held for new fire academy

SPARROWS POINT - Baltimore County officials cut the ribbon on the county's new fire academy at Sparrows Point yesterday.

The $6 million, 11,000-square- foot training facility is on 3 acres at 1545 Sparrows Point Blvd. leased from Bethlehem Steel Corp. A second phase of the academy, the practical training compound that will include a "burn building," is under construction and is expected to be ready by June.

The academy will provide training for the county's 3,000 career and volunteer firefighters.

Arbutus roundtable to feature area officials

ARBUTUS - The Arbutus Improvement Association will hold a community roundtable with area officials at 7 p.m. Monday.

Among the invited guests are County Councilman Stephen G. Samuel Moxley, state Del. James E. Malone Jr. and representatives of Baltimore County's police, parks and planning departments.

The meeting will be held at the Arbutus library, 1581 Sulphur Spring Road.

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