BALTIMORE — City man charged in friend's slaying
BALTIMORE -- A 26-year-old Southwest Baltimore man was charged yesterday morning in the fatal shooting of a man police described as his best friend.
Timothy Wilson of the 3200 block of Phelps Lane was charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Kevin Walker, 29, of the unit block of N. Hilton St.
Homicide Detective Donald Worden said Mr. Walker was shot once in the head and was pronounced dead on the scene. The victim was visiting his friend's house when the shooting occurred.
Baltimore man dies in rowhouse fire
BALTIMORE -- A 69-year-old North Baltimore man died early yesterday morning when a fire broke out in the living room of his rowhouse, fire officials said.
Rene Guillame, 69, of the 5200 block of Loch Raven Blvd., was pronounced dead after firefighters extinguished the blaze, which was the result of careless smoking, said Capt. Hector Torres, a Fire Department spokesman. Captain Torres said Mr. Guillame apparently fell asleep while sitting in a rocking chair.
4 young children left alone in rowhouse
BALTIMORE -- Police were still looking yesterday for the parents of four young children who were left alone for more than four hours in a Wilcox Street rowhouse.
City police had issued an arrest warrant in the case yesterday afternoon but declined to release the name of the suspect.
Police said one of the children -- a 3-year-old -- wandered out of the house at 5 a.m. Saturday and knocked on a neighbor's door. The neighbor took the child to a police officer who was in the community on patrol. The officer found the door of the rowhouse in the 1300 block of Wilcox wide open and three other younger children inside.
Investigators determined that the children had been left alone since about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The children were not injured and were turned over to the Department of Social Services, police said.
Episcopalians elect bishop in Shore diocese
EASTON -- A 48-year-old rector from Blacksburg, Va., was elected to be the ninth bishop of the 124-year-old Episcopal Diocese of Easton.
The Rev. Martin G. Townsend, of Christ Church in Blacksburg, was chosen to succeed the Right Rev. Elliott L. Sorge, 63, as bishop for all nine counties of the Eastern Shore. Father Townsend was elected by a vote of clergy and laymen from 41 Shore parishes in a Special Convention of the Diocese held at Trinity Cathedral in Easton Saturday afternoon.