BALTIMORE CITY — Man sitting on car shot 15 times
A 22-year-old man was shot 15 times and critically wounded early today as he sat on a car near his home, police said.
The victim, Lee Wesley Lane, of the 1900 block of Perlman Place, was in critical condition today at the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore.
Homicide detective Charles Gilbert said Lane was sitting on the hood of the car about a half-block from his home shortly after midnight when a man walked up and fired at least 16 shots from a semiautomatic handgun. Among Lane's wounds were "seven or eight" to the buttocks and one to the head, although the bullet did not penetrate the skull.
A 16-year-old boy, who was standing near the car, received a graze wound of the right leg. He was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital and released, police said.
L Gilbert said 16 empty shell casings were found at the scene.
A motive for the shooting was unknown, Gilbert said. Witnesses were unable to provide a good description of the gunman.
Asphyxiation caused death:
Asphyxiation caused the death of Anna Keusch, the 86-year-old Canton store owner who was killed over the weekend, police said.
Keusch, a widow for several years, lived in the second-floor apartment above John's Grocery in the 3000 block of Dillon St., a store she had owned or leased for about 30 years, police said.
Police said Keusch's body was found in her bed when an employee arrived for work around 8 a.m. Saturday. The store had been ransacked and the woman's apartment door was open, police said.
U.S. 11 bridge closing
Maryland highway officials are closing the U.S. 11 bridge over the Potomac River in Washington County for a month's worth of emergency repairs.
The work was ordered after a routine inspection found that one of the 82-year-old bridge's support piers was sinking.
Earle Freedman, the state's chief bridge engineer, said that the two-lane bridge is expected to reopen to vehicles weighing less than 7,000 pounds July 3, after the initial phase of the $400,000 repair job.
The 1,700-foot-long steel girder structure, southwest of Hagerstown, is expected to reopen to vehicles weighing more than 7,000 pounds by mid-August.
The contractor on the project is expected to work seven days a week through June to shore up the sinking pier and reopen the bridge to light traffic, Freedman said. The contractor will then buttress the other three piers not built on bedrock, he said,
before the bridge fully reopens in mid-August.
Lotto jackpot hits $4 million:
The jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing of the Maryland Lotto game has grown to $4 million since Saturday's drawing failed to produce a winner, lottery officials said today.
The winning numbers drawn Saturday night were 03, 14, 24, 29, 41, 45.
Lottery spokeswoman Theresa Gutierrez said 45 people matched five of the six winning numbers; they are to collect $1,424 each. Another 2,942 bettors matched four of the six numbers drawn Saturday night. Their tickets are each worth $7.
Pharmacist of the year:
Paul F. Jarosinski, 39, coordinator of oncology pharmacy at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, has been chosen pharmacist of the year for the U.S. Public Health Service.
Jarosinski's father, Simon J. Jarosinski, is an alternate member of the Baltimore County Liquor Board and lives in Timonium. The award is a national one among the 700 pharmacists who work for the public health service. Paul Jarosinski has worked for the service for 15 years.
Sky divers escape:
Eleven sky divers narrowly escaped from a twin-engine plane before it burst into flames after crash-landing in a field in Southern Maryland, State Police said.
The plane barely missed several homes before crash-landing shortly after takeoff yesterday from St. Mary's County Airport in Hollywood. Three people, including the pilot, were slightly injured.
Researcher lands $125,000
Anne Arundel County
Naval Academy ocean engineering professor has been selected by the National Science Foundation as a Presidential Young Investigator.
David L. Kriebel, 32, has been recognized for his teaching and research accomplishments. The award includes a five-year grant support further research.
As a Presidential Young Investigator, Kriebel will receive $25,000 for each of five years to fund basic research. If Kriebel can obtain matching funds of $37,500 each year, the foundation will make another $37,500 available to him.
Kriebel's principal research is in the area of coastal erosion. He developed a computer model, now used around the world, that predicts dune erosion in severe storms. With funding from the award, Kriebel hopes to continue refining his numerical erosion models and measure wave and current interaction with ocean engineering structures such as breakwaters and offshore platforms.
Light rail funding argued
Baltimore County residents who oppose the northern light rail line are contending in court that a county bond-issue referendum that provided local funds for the line was too vaguely worded.