Details of a Jan. 30 slaying in Westminster were misstated...


April 06, 1993|By From Staff Reports

CARROLL COUNTY WESTMINSTER — Details of a Jan. 30 slaying in Westminster were misstated in Monday's Carroll County edition. Timothy Cumberland, charged with murder, conspiracy and manslaughter, is accused of throwing a shotgun to Samuel Allen Miller, who in turn is accused of using it to kill Gregory Lamont Howard.

The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

Defendant in murder case asks for change of venue

WESTMINSTER -- A defendant in the Jan. 30 drug-related shooting of a Westminster man is seeking to have his Sept. 15 trial moved.

Because of publicity surrounding the shooting, Michael D. Montemarano, the attorney for Timothy Cumberland, said yesterday that a fair trial for his client would be impossible in Carroll County.


In addition to the change-of-venue request filed late Friday afternoon in Carroll Circuit Court, Mr. Cumberland, 23, of Reisterstown, is asking that his $250,000 bail be reduced.

Mr. Cumberland is charged with murder in the slaying of Gregory Lamont Howard, 22.

Also charged in the killing are Samuel Allen Miller, 22, of Owings Mills; Daniel Justin Leonard, 23, of Reisterstown; and Matthew August Balaz Sr., 25, of Westminster.

Police said Mr. Cumberland was the one who threw away the shotgun used to kill Mr. Howard.

Gilchrest to tour Clay Street corridor



ANNAPOLIS -- U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest will tour the city's troubled Clay Street corridor this morning with city officials.

The Republican congressman, who represents the 1st District, will tour with Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins, Alderman Carl O. Snowden and Maxine Saunders, regional director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

A decorated Annapolis police veteran was shot and wounded in late February while raiding an apartment for drugs at the corner of Clay and West Washington streets.

The shooting came after months in which neighbors complained about a tough crowd there. Parents have forbidden their children to visit the teen center. And government workers say they're afraid to walk the one block from the Arundel Center to the garage on that corner after dark.

The city police department has responded by stepping up patrols in the area and opening a satellite office at Helping Hand, a homeless shelter on Clay Street.

Pasadena man hurt in early morning fire


PASADENA -- A man was critically injured yesterday in an early morning fire that caused $80,000 worth of damage to his home.

Capt. Gary Sheckells, a county Fire Department spokesman, said Charles Allen Russell, 54, was smoking in or near the bed when the cigarette ignited the blaze at the two-story home in the 8400 block of Bussenius Road.

When the blaze erupted, Mr. Russell ran from his upstairs bedroom and yelled to his 27-year-old niece for a bucket of water.

Mr. Russell and his unidentified niece, who was not injured, escaped from the home. Firefighters, who arrived a few minutes past 6 a.m., had the fire extinguished by 8:30 a.m. Fire damage was confined to the upstairs bedroom and the hallway.

Mr. Russell was flown by state police MedEvac helicopter to the Francis Scott Key Medical Center in Baltimore with severe burns on both hands, Captain Sheckells said. He was listed in critical condition.

More funds approved for landfill test monitoring


The Baltimore County Council voted 5-1 last night to appropriate $25,000 in additional legal fees to the law firm of Piper & Marbury to monitor state and federal testing of the Parkton Landfill.

Councilwoman Berchie L. Manley, R-1st, voted against the expenditure, contending that the county should use the money to clean up the landfill rather than hire attorneys.

The council had approved an initial appropriation of $22,000 last month to the firm with an attorney who is an expert on environmental regulations. At the time, the council passed a resolution expressing its concern over possible health risks associated with the landfill and its commitment to clean up any pollution found there.

The Maryland Department of the Environment is testing water in the landfill to determine if it is leaking polluted leachate into area ground waters and contaminating wells. The testing is being monitored by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which will determine ultimately if the landfill is put on the federal Superfund list for clean-up. The county hired Piper & Marbury to ensure that the testing and analysis conforms to EPA regulations.

Suspect in burglary hurt during chase


WESTMINSTER -- A Towson man suspected of burglarizing a Taneytown drug store was in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after his car overturned during his alleged getaway.

State police identified the suspect as Richard Matthew Gordon Adams, 33, of the 1500 block of Dellsway Road. They said charges are pending against him.

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