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July 07, 2005

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Del. Zirkin to pursue Hollinger's Senate seat

Del. Bobby A. Zirkin is planning to run for the state Senate seat currently held by Sen. Paula C. Hollinger - a decision he said is tied to Hollinger's impending announcement about her own future political plans.

While the legislators' relationship has had its flare-ups, Zirkin, a Pikesville Democrat, said yesterday that any bad blood between the two is long forgotten and that he had not planned on running against Hollinger for the Senate seat in the 11th District, which includes Pikesville and other areas of northwest Baltimore County.

But when the five-term Democratic state senator told him that she plans to announce a run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, "we started gearing up our campaign," said Zirkin, 34. Cardin has announced plans to run for U.S. Senate.

Hollinger, 64, was traveling in China this week and could not be reached for comment. She is scheduled to make a "special announcement" Wednesday at University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a flier announcing the event asks people to R.S.V.P. to paulaforcongress@gmail.com.

Zirkin and fellow 11th District Dels. Dan K. Morhaim and Jon S. Cardin have scheduled an event July 18 to announce their slate. Morhaim and Cardin are also Democrats.

While both Cardin and Morhaim are listed as delegate candidates in the event invitation, Cardin, a freshman legislator and Benjamin Cardin's 35-year-old nephew, said he is mulling a run for his uncle's seat representing the 3rd Congressional District.

Former city Health Commissioner Peter L. Beilenson and Howard County Del. Neil F. Quinter have officially announced their candidacy for the congressional seat.

The upcoming announcements are part of the continued fallout from U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes' decision not to seek re-election next year.

- Lisa Goldberg

ANNE ARUNDEL

Annapolis man, 44, arrested on sexual and assault counts

Police arrested a former manager of an Eastport restaurant on sexual and assault charges after an employee of the restaurant was found June 27 naked and lying in a pool of blood, according to police charging documents. The restaurant employee remained hospitalized yesterday.

Edward J. Farrell, 44, of Annapolis was arrested Tuesday at his home and was being held on $900,000 bond, police said. He was charged with second- and third-degree sex offenses and first- and second-degree assault.

According to charging documents filed with the District Court of Maryland, Officer Jennifer Crews went to the Boatyard Bar and Grill at 2:40 a.m. June 27 after an alarm was set off there. She saw Farrell locking the establishment and heard a man groaning on the ground. Farrell said the man on the ground was "just a drunk guy," according to the documents.

Crews saw blood and called an ambulance. The injured man was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was treated and reported in good condition yesterday.

Crews brought Farrell to the Annapolis police station for questioning. Police said Farrell told them that he did not know the victim and did not know what had happened to him.

Through a translator, police interviewed the injured man, who speaks Spanish. They interviewed others at the restaurant who said Farrell had flirted with the man and asked him to wear a woman's shirt, according to charging documents.

Dick Franyo, owner of the Boatyard Bar and Grill, said he fired Farrell immediately after learning of the incident.

- Annie Linskey

MOUNT VERNON

Arrest made in fatal stabbing at church meal for homeless

A homeless man charged with fatally stabbing another man during a meal in the basement dining room of a historic Mount Vernon church last month is being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

John Smith, 40, was arrested Friday in the home of a friend in the 1300 block of Ensor St. in East Baltimore, said Lt. Joseph Conway, head of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force.

Rodney Dickerson 42, was killed June 11 during a fight at a weekly dinner for the homeless at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church.

Dickerson, who lived in a shelter in the 2200 block of Maryland Ave., was stabbed in the chest. He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

ANNE ARUNDEL

Councilman Burlison to run for 3rd District House seat

Anne Arundel County Councilman Bill D. Burlison has declared he will run next year for Maryland's 3rd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, seeking a return to Congress after more than 25 years.

Burlison, 74, an Odenton Democrat, becomes the third candidate for the House spot that's being left vacant by Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes. Burlison, a two-term County Councilman and a staunch backer of County Executive Janet S. Owens' initiatives, cannot run for a third term.

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