BALTIMORE CITY: — Three boys seized in bank holdup
Three boys, ages 12, 13 and 14, are in custody today after holding up a Perryville bank, armed with a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun, police say.
The boys were captured less than 30 minutes after the holdup of a branch of the 1st National Bank of North East, said State Police trooper Gene Paluzzi. The officer said money taken in the robbery yesterday was recovered, but he declined to reveal how much was taken.
Witnesses saw three youngsters run into an apartment complex, where it is believed they called a cab in an attempt to make a getaway. The cab was late in arriving.
The boys were arrested and charged with armed bank robbery, reckless endangerment and several firearms violations, police said.
The youngsters have been turned over to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.
A two-alarm fire early today caused extensive damage to a restaurant in the Fallstaff Shoping Center, just south of Pikesville, in northwest Baltimore.
No injuries were reported among the more than 30 firefighters who responded to the fire, at Apollo's restaurant, in the 6800 block of Reisterstown Road.
The restaurant was closed when the fire broke out.
Battalion Chief Raymond O. Devilbiss Jr. said the fire apparently began in the kitchen and storage area and that its cause remains under investigation.
He said the fire went through the roof and spread throughout most of the first floor, damaging or destroying food, equipment and much of the interior of the rear portion of the one-story building.
The fire was reported by a passer-by shortly after 1 a.m. and went to two alarms at 1:18 a.m. It was declared under control at 1:57 a.m.
Battalion Chief Devilbliss credited quick action by firefighters with preventing the flames from entering the Northwest Beauty School and Budeke's paint store.
Mr. Devilbliss estimated the damage to the building and contents at $60,000.
Maryland Transportation Secretary O. James Lighthizer has appointed a former state legislator acting director of the troubled Maryland Rail Commuter system.
William R. McCaffrey, 58, a former delegate from Prince George's County, will serve in the interim post until a permanent director is appointed. He succeeds Joseph Nessel, who was assigned to undetermined duties at the Maryland Aviation Administration.
The Maryland state prison system is developing a tuberculosis control program that includes testing all correctional officers once a year for the respiratory illness, a prison spokesman said yesterday.
Some correctional officers already have been given skin tests to check them for exposure to TB. The tests were given to inmates and staff working in at least six correctional facilities earlier this year after several inmates were suspected of having the disease.
An Annapolis man denied yesterday that he stabbed and bludgeoned a 56-year-old Arnold woman to death last January and sexually assaulted her with a soda bottle.
"I am not guilty," Albert Gustav Givens, 37, insisted during a bail review hearing in District Court.
Mr. Givens, of the 100 block of Roselawn Road, is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault in the Jan. 2 slaying of Marlene "Pat" Kilpatrick in her home in the 100 block of Church Road.
Judge Donald Lowman set bail at $250,000, over the objections of Thomas Pryal, an assistant state's attorney who asked that Mr. Givens be held without bond in the county detention center.
Mr. Givens worked for Mrs. Kilpatrick as a painter and handyman and had been friends with her son for about 15 years.
Two county police officers being investigated in the alleged beating of a suspect have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the department's Internal Affairs Division.
County police spokesman E. Jay Miller said the evidence "did not support the charges" that Officers David Folderauer, 25, and Randy Guraleczka, 30, used excessive force in arresting a suspect in April 1991.
The officers, who were questioned about the April 18, 1991, arrest of Rudolph Christian Wacker Jr., filed suit so they could view a videotape of the arrest.
ABut a judge ruled the officers could not see the videotape before they were questioned.
Mary Kramer, attorney for the officers, said requests that they be allowed to see the video after they were questioned were refused.
With the results of a referendum in Union Bridge favoring the annexation of the Phillips property, Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. said he was both relieved and eager to get to work.
In the planning stages for more than three years, the annexation of the 110-acre property north of town was unanimously approved by the Town Council in April.
A petition drive, signed by 124 residents, put that proposal on hold and called for yesterday's vote, which was 185-88 in favor of annexation. When completed, the development, with a possible 400 homes, could double the town's population of 917.