Man, youth charged in fatal taxi shootingA 22-year-old...

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March 22, 1992|By From Staff Reports

BALTIMORE — Man, youth charged in fatal taxi shooting

A 22-year-old Baltimore man and a juvenile have been charged with spraying a taxicab full of people with bullets Friday night, fatally injuring one passenger and wounding three others.

Thomas Nathaniel Pointer of the 1300 block of East 35th St. was arrested yesterday morning in the West Baltimore shooting. A juvenile, who was not identified by police, was charged, along with Mr. Pointer, with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder, possessing an illegal handgun and other gun violations, homicide detectives said.

The cab driver and three passengers were shot at 8:45 p.m. when two gunmen opened fire as their cab pulled to the curb in the 700 block of Mount St., detectives said.

Audrey Foye, 21, a passenger in the back seat, was shot several times in the chest and went into cardiac arrest. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died a short time later.

Mr. Foye's brother, Erving Lewis, 26, was treated for his injuries at University Hospital and released. The third passenger, Nancy Paulette Lee, 24, of Baltimore, was treated at Hopkins Hospital, police said.

The cab driver, Levon Sampson, 43, of Baltimore, was treated at Shock Trauma for gunshot wounds to his legs. He was in stable condition yesterday at University Hospital.

Nuns prepare to move into new motherhouse

BALTIMORE COUNTY

After waiting more than three years to move into a new home, the nuns from the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart are finally on their way.

Based at 1001 W. Joppa Road since 1923, the nuns held a flea market yesterday to sell off belongings for which they'll have no room in a $3.7 million motherhouse nearing completion just to the east of their current buildings, which will be razed when the order moves into its new home.

Members of the religious order agreed in 1988 to sell 40 acres of their 45-acre property to a development group that plans to build luxury retirement community called Blakehurst and a smaller and more cost-efficient motherhouse on the remaining land. The move has been delayed repeatedly because the nuns were unhappy with the quality of construction work on the new building and eventually hired a second contractor to finish the work.

Sister Danielle Murphy, who heads the order of 130 nuns, said the county has issued a partial occupancy permit that allows the nuns to move into part of the building while the work is completed.

Police charge man in stabbing of woman

BALTIMORE

A West Baltimore man was arrested late Friday and charged with stabbing an elderly woman to death in the Gilmor Homes public housing complex earlier in the week.

Police found Louise Griffin, 71, of the 1600 block of Delano Court lying in a pool of blood Tuesday night.

Homicide detectives have charged William Coffee, 31, of the 300 block of West Lanvale Street, with Ms. Griffin's slaying.

Car crash kills infant sitting in father's lap

BALTIMORE

An infant girl died when she was crushed against a --board in a car accident Friday night on Loch Raven Boulevard near Gorsuch Avenue.

Onye Taylor was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. at Union Memorial Hospital, police said. She would have been one month old today.

Police said a 24-year-old woman, identified as Lisa Berry of the 6800 block of McClean Boulevard, was driving north on Loch Raven Boulevard at 11:15 p.m. when she apparently fell asleep at the wheel. The car swerved and struck a tree at the side of the road, police said.

The baby was sitting in the lap of her father, Rodney Taylor, of the same address as Ms. Berry, and was thrown against the --board, police said.

Visitor pavilion construction begins

NATIONAL AQUARIUM

The National Aquarium in Baltimore has begun building a Visitors Services Pavilion on Inner Harbor Pier 3 for its 1.4 million annual visitors.

The triangular pavilion being built north of the original Aquarium building will be the site of all ticket sales through the new timed ticketing system designed to help reduce long lines. Visitors will purchase tickets for specific entry times.

When the pavilion is finished next month, two tents will shade visitors, and there will be a place for people with young children to leave strollers, not allowed in the Aquarium, and get baby backpacks for their tours.

14 charged in illegal sale of deer, trout, fowl, drugs

HAGERSTOWN

Police arrested 14 people in Hagerstown Friday on charges that they illegally sold white-tailed deer, trout, rabbits, waterfowl, marijuana, cocaine and stolen property.

The arrests came after a 4-month undercover investigation headed by Maryland Natural Resources Police that began when police received information about an illegal commercial sales operation for white-tailed deer in Washington County, Cpl. Ralph L. Parker said.

When police went undercover, they discovered the operation was broader, he said.

Those arrested -- most of whom were from Hagerstown -- were charged with 700 conservation violations, 47 violations related to the distribution of marijuana and cocaine and seven violations involving possession of stolen property, including chain saws, refrigerators and hand tools.

Police seized two vehicles, 11 firearms, deer meat, deer antlers, sales documents and a small amount of seeds, believed to be marijuana seeds, Corporal Parker said.

Taxi driver found shot to death in Silver Spring

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

A Montgomery County taxi driver was found shot to death yesterday morning inside his cab in front of a Silver Spring home, police said.

Police discovered the body of Thomas Henry Andrews, 46, of Adelphi, after residents of the 900 block of Brantford Ave. noticed his cab parked in a neighbor's driveway, police said.

Mr. Andrews was found dead on the front seat shortly before 8 a.m., police said. Detectives said they believe he was shot after being robbed.

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