Ex-friend sought in shootingsPolice were searching today...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

April 27, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — Ex-friend sought in shootings

Police were searching today for a Glen Burnie man wanted in the shooting of his ex-girlfriend and her male companion in a car at Hanover Street and Waterview Avenue.

Southern District police say they have a warrant charging Stephen Marsh, 22, of uncertain address, with two counts of assault with intent to murder and using a handgun during a felony.

Paul Merrell, 23, of the 2000 block of Preston Road in Harundale, and Mikele Saturday, 23, of the 5200 block of 4th St. in Glen Burnie, were listed in stable condition at the Harbor Hospital Center after yesterday's shooting.

Police said the couple were stopped at a red light in a white Ford Bronco about 2 p.m. when the gunman, whom the woman recognized, 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 hit in the left shoulder. Ms. Saturday received a hand wound, police said.

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. 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 at 1,000. The church, at 3215 Belvedere Ave., has between 700 and 800 members.

Several past members and others were invited for the anniversary, including the founders of what was originally the Watch Your Step Baptist Tabernacle.

MARYLAND STATE:

An autopsy is being performed in the death of a 76-year-old man after his sailboat capsized Saturday during a regatta on the Potomac River near Stump Neck Point in Charles County.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources police said James Burnett Gilbert of Alexandria, Va., was sailing his 19-foot boat in the regatta when gusts from an approaching storm capsized his boat and five others about 3 p.m.

Rob Gould, spokesman for DNR police, said Mr. Gilbert was wearing a life jacket when his boat overturned, so it was possible he died from a heart attack.

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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, says Joan Vinson, the drive's state coordinator.

"We set an arbitrary deadline" for gathering the required 3 percent of registered voters' signatures, Ms. Vinson said last night. 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.

Last night, the state drive had gathered at least 31,535 signatures, Ms. Vinson said.

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There was no jackpot winner in Maryland's Lotto drawinSaturday night, which was worth an estimated $2 million. The winning numbers were 4-7-15-17-20-21.

The Lotto drawing Wednesday will be worth an estimated $2.5 million.

Anne Arundel:

Anne Arundel County police said charges were pending FTC against a Crownsville man in the shooting death of a man who forcibly entered his home over the weekend and attacked him and the victim's estranged wife.

Police said the victim, Charles Lee Davidson, 30, of the 1000 block of Hampton Drive in Crownsville, reportedly broke into the home of William Wooten, of the 1100 block of Generals Highway, around 10 p.m. Friday and began assaulting Mr. Wooten and Mr. Davidson's estranged wife, Sherrie Davidson.

Mr. Wooten retrieved a .22 caliber handgun and ordered Mr. Davidson to stop assaulting him and the woman, police said.

After repeated warnings, police said Mr. Wooten fired twice, hitting Mr. Davidson.

Police said Mr. Wooten was arrested at the house by officers responding to a report that a man had been shot.

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A Florida man was killed early yesterday when a car in which hwas a passenger collided with another car outside a Glen Burnie 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.

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.

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