HAMPSTEAD — Two 20-year-old Baltimore men have been charged with kidnapping and killing a 74-year-old woman and then burying her in a cornfield off Route 30 in northern Carroll County, police said.
Being held without bail in the Baltimore Detention Center were Troy Dominic Shellington and Abras "Sandy" Morrison.
In statements to homicide detectives, the two men identified the other as the killer. Shellington led police to the shallow grave Sunday, authorities said.
The cause of Margaret Cullen's death will bedetermined through an autopsy, although police said it appears she had been dead for about a week.
Police were alerted to possible trouble on Aug. 9 when Cullen reported that Morrison had stolen a check.Morrison later allegedly forged her signature and cashed the check for $2,000, police said.
Five days later, police became even more concerned when Cullen failed to show up for her customary visit to Good Samaritan Hospital, where her husband was being treated. On the same day, Cullen telephoned Signet Bank and asked bank officials not to pursue the check forgery allegations.
Police said they believe Cullen made the call at the insistence of her alleged assailants.
INJURED WALKER RELEASED
WESTMINSTER -- A pedestrian struck by a tractor-trailer Aug. 19 at Railroad Avenue and Winters Street had been discharged from University Medical Center in Baltimore,a hospital spokeswoman said.
Wayne Myers, 38, was hit when the truck driver did not see him step out from the sidewalk onto Railroad Avenue when the light turned green.
SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK
Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police,is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.
This week, the group is targeting the vandalism of a coin machine in the Ultra Kleen Cleaners/Laundromat in Manchester.
Police said the machinewas broken between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. June 23.
About $100 in quarters and $100 in dollar bills were removed from the machine.
If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.
You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.
WESTMINSTER -- The 16-year-old girl who ran away from home with her 17-year-oldboyfriend last month returned to Maryland last week.
Brandy Chappell, who disappeared July 17 with her boyfriend, George Beahm Jr., was flown from Houston to Baltimore-Washington International Airport Aug. 21, after being found in a Houston motel room. Beahm also has returned.
COUNTIAN KILLED IN CRASH
FOX PASS -- Robert Wesley Jones, 45, of Mount Airy was pronounced dead on the scene after he lost control of his motorcycle and it slid under a guardrail near this Frederick County community Sunday morning, state police said.
Jones was traveling east on Artie Kemp Road at 1 a.m. when he skidded into the intersection of Green Valley Road, Cpl. Robert Reid said. The victim, who was not wearing a helmet, stayed with his 1986 Harley-Davidson as it crashed and slid under the guardrail.
DATELINE: FOX PASS
COUPLE ARE ON THE MEND
SILVER RUN -- Russell and BettyLou Corbett, the couple badly injured in a car crash that killed their three young children last month, are progressing in their physicalrecovery, said Russell's father, Charles.
From an emotional standpoint, they are doing "not too well," he said.
The July 7 crash onRoute 97 near the family's home killed Loren Cassidy, 1 1/2, RussellMichael Jr., 3, and Jacqueline Michelle, 5.
Charles Corbett said his son has been transferred from Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown to Kernan Hospital in Baltimore for physical rehabilitation, but he is still unable to walk.
Betty Lou Corbett, who had been transferred earlier from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Medical Center to Baltimore County General Hospital, was released Aug.18, he said. Corbett said his daughter-in-law is staying with her parents and is getting around on crutches.
Friends of the family said they have raised $12,800 to help with medical bills. Bill Lee, a neighbor, said private donations are still coming in and a benefit dance he arranged for Sept. 6 at Martin's Westminster is sold out.
Leesaid that Martin's is giving him a discount on renting the Westminster facility and the dance should bring in about $3,000. Among the ticket-holders, he said, is U.S. Representative Helen D. Bentley, R-2nd,whose office arranged for a table of 10.
Various raffles are alsoplanned, Lee said. Another fund-raising dance for the Corbetts will be Sept. 7 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Pikesville, Baltimore County, Lee said.
DATELINE: SILVER RUN
CRASH VICTIM STABLE
BALTIMORE-- A Prince George's County woman who was seriously injured in a three-car crash in Westminster Sunday was in satisfactory and stable condition yesterday.