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March 05, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Two men convicted of attempting to kill off-duty police officer

A city jury convicted two Westport men yesterday of trying to kill an off-duty Baltimore police officer.

The jury returned guilty verdicts for second-degree attempted murder, conspiracy and various gun charges against Marcellus Henriques, 21, of Pierpoint Street and Andre Arnold Travers, 24, of Salerno Place.

The two were accused of ambushing officer Thomas G. Newman in South Baltimore about 2:30 a.m. April 21, 2001. Newman, 37, an 11-year veteran assigned to the Warrant Apprehension Task Force, suffered two gunshot wounds to the neck.

During the weeklong trial, Newman testified that he had followed the defendants after noticing at a Cherry Hill gas station that one was armed shortly before the shooting. Sentencing is scheduled June 5.

Weekend rain adds to reservoirs' water levels

An inch of rain during the weekend - the biggest rainfall since August - added several inches to water levels in Baltimore's reservoirs. But city public works spokesman Kurt Kocher said yesterday, "We need weeks and weeks of rainfall like we had."

Before the downpour, reservoir levels had fallen from 58 percent of capacity Feb. 1 to 54.9 percent Friday - below the low of 55 percent reached during the summer drought of 1999.

Kocher urged customers of the city water system, including residential users, to "conserve water and pray for rain" to keep reservoir levels rising.

Federal judge rejects age-discrimination suit

A federal judge dismissed yesterday a lawsuit by two veterans of the city's legal department who contended they were fired in 2000 as part of an "age-based jihad" that was orchestrated by the new city solicitor soon after the election of Mayor Martin O'Malley.

U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson rejected the age-discrimination claims filed by former assistant city solicitors Stanley C. Rogosin, 55, and James S. Ruckle Jr., 52. In an opinion issued yesterday, Nickerson said City Solicitor Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr. had legitimate concerns with the performance of both men and cause to fire them.

In his ruling, Nickerson noted that he had presided over one case where Ruckle, as lead attorney for the city, had missed several deadlines for discovery information - prompting the judge in that case to impose sanctions on the city and to note the attorney's "lack of proper attention." Nickerson also cited evidence that Rogosin had warned his staff not to go to Zollicoffer with concerns about their department.

Police identify man's body found in burning rowhouse

A man whose body was found last week in a burning Southwest Baltimore rowhouse was identified by city police yesterday as Ronnie W. Rogers, apparently homeless but a periodic occupant of what authorities first thought was a vacant dwelling. The cause of his death and the fire remained under investigation.

Police arson squad Detective Edward Vogt said Rogers, 41, was found lying on the floor of a third-floor front bedroom of 319 S. Payson St. in the Carrollton Ridge community about 10 p.m. Thursday as firefighters battled a wind- swept two-alarm blaze. It caused extensive damage to the Formstone-front dwelling and moderate damage to two adjoining rowhouses.

A firefighter suffered minor burns to an arm and was treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

In Baltimore County

Program to discuss caring for elderly relatives

RANDALLSTOWN - The Baltimore County Department of Aging will offer a free seminar, "Family Issues in Caregiving: A Guided Discussion," to help people caring for elderly relatives.

The program will be at 5:45 p.m. Monday at Liberty Senior Center, 3525 Resource Drive. Information and registration: 410-887-2594.

College Savings Plans set 4 presentations in Towson

TOWSON - The College Savings Plans of Maryland will hold an open house March 16 at Sheraton Baltimore North, 903 Dulaney Valley Road.

The event will feature informational presentations at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. for parents interested in learning about the Maryland Prepaid College Trust.

Information: 410-767-2024 or toll free, 888-463-4723.

Department of Aging seeks essay contest applications

PIKESVILLE - Baltimore County Department of Aging is looking for applicants age 60 or older to enter its annual creative writing contest.

This year's contest subject is, "What it means to be an American in a time of crisis."

Send essays, typed and no more than 1,500 words, to Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore 21208. Entries also may be e-mailed to pikes villesc@co.ba.md.us. Include name, date of birth, address and telephone number at the top of each page. The deadline is March 15.

SCORE schedules seminar on starting a new business

TOWSON - Service Corps of Retired Executives, Chapter 3, will hold a four-session workshop to help those who want to start a business or who are new entrepreneurs.

The program, "Understanding Business: Starting, Managing and Prospering," will be offered tomorrow and Thursday and March 13 and 14. Each session will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane.

Topics will include business plans, financing, management and marketing. The cost is $75. Registration and information: 410-962- 2233.

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