BALTIMORE — Sermon by Jackson swells church rolls
BALTIMORE -- The Rev. E. Russell Johnson wasn't sure whether the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson persuaded anyone to register to vote, but his guest sermon at Brown's Memorial Baptist Church yesterday added a few members to the congregation.
"We had, as a result of his visit, 15 to 20 people join the church," said Mr. Johnson.
Mr. Jackson, a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary race four years ago, visited the church for its 60th anniversary celebration. His message was about "stirring up the people," Mr. Johnson said.
"For 60 years, our job has been to stir up the people," Mr. Johnson said. "We're not only supposed to stir them up spiritually, but we are stirring them up in the community."
Mr. Jackson urged political involvement, leadership and voter registration. He went to the church at the request of Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-7th, who is a member.
Mr. Johnson estimated that the crowd numbered 1,000. The church, at 3215 Belvedere Ave., has between 700 and 800 members.
Several past members and other guests were invited for the church anniversary, including the founders of what was originally the Watch Your Step Baptist Tabernacle.
Arundel man, woman shot in South Baltimore
BALTIMORE -- A man and woman from Anne Arundel County were shot and wounded yesterday afternoon at a South Baltimore intersection -- an attack that police believed was committed by the woman's former boyfriend.
Paul Merrell, 23, of the 2000 block of Preston Road in Harundale, and Mikele Saturday, 23, of the 5200 block of Fourth Street in Glen Burnie, were listed in stable condition at the Harbor Hospital Center after the 2 p.m. shooting at South Hanover Street and Waterview Avenue.
According to police, the couple were stopped at a red light in a white Ford Bronco when the gunman pulled up to them in a black Ford Mustang and ordered them out of the vehicle. Instead, Mr. Merrell tried to drive away, and the gunman fired several shots into the Bronco.
Mr. Merrell was wounded in the left shoulder, and Ms. Saturday suffered a hand wound, police said.
Florida man killed in auto crash near bar
GLEN BURNIE -- A Florida man was killed early yesterday when a car
in which he was a passenger collided with another car outside a bar, authorities reported.
James Earl Colbey, 24, of Jacksonville was pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center about two hours after the 12:10 a.m. accident.
Anne Arundel County police said Mr. Colbey, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the 1988 Ford Festiva and was pinned between the car and the curb.
Police said the driver of the Festiva, Mathew Irvin Williams, 28, of the 400 block of Hidden Brook Drive was trying to make a left turn from the eastbound lane of Crain Highway into the parking lot of a bar when his Festiva was hit by an oncoming car.
That car's driver, whom police did not name, was not injured.
Mr. Williams was charged with drunken driving, police said.
Va. man dies after boat capsizes; autopsy awaited
Officials are awaiting results of an autopsy in the death a 76-year-old man after his sailboat capsized Saturday during a regatta on the Potomac River near Stump Neck Point in Charles County.
According to Natural Resources police, James Burnett Gilbert of Alexandria, Va., was sailing his 19-foot boat in a regatta at 3 p.m. when gusts from an approaching storm capsized Mr. Gilbert's boat and five others.
Rob Gould, spokesman for the Natural Resources police, said that Mr. Gilbert was wearing a life jacket when his boat overturned and that it was possible he died from a heart attack.
Perot petition drive in Md. hits halfway mark
A petition drive to put Ross Perot on Maryland's presidential ballot in November has reached its halfway mark toward a June 1 goal of 63,169 voters' signatures, Joan Vinson, state coordinator for the drive, said last night.
"We set an arbitrary deadline of June 1" for gathering the required 3 percent of registered voters' signatures, Ms. Vinson said. The state deadline is Aug. 3.
"We want to show the state that these petitions are not being signed by people in protest, but are being signed by people excited by Perot, the man, and what he has to offer," said Gloria Green, co-coordinator.
By last night, the drive in Maryland had gathered at least 31,535 signatures, Ms. Vinson said.