Woodlawn man was sentenced to death here...


January 30, 1996|By From staff reports pTC

SALISBURY -- A Woodlawn man was sentenced to death here yesterday for killing his girlfriend's mother during a burglary attempt, and an additional term for slaying an accomplice after learning that witnesses could identify him.

Clarence Conyers, 28, was convicted last week of fatally shooting Wanda Johnson, 44, when she interrupted a burglary at her Hebbville home Oct. 21, 1994, and of shooting accomplice Lawrence M. Bradshaw, 22, of the Gwynn Oak area two days later.

The weeklong trial had been moved from Baltimore County to Wicomico County, where a Circuit Court jury took 2 1/2 hours to find him guilty and 3 1/2 hours to decide on the death penalty. He was given life without parole in the Bradshaw slaying, and 50 years on handgun, robbery and burglary charges, said Assistant State's Attorney John P. Cox.

School budget to be topic of meetings, public hearing


TOWSON -- Before adopting a proposed operating budget for the 1996-1997 school year, the county school board has scheduled informational meetings tonight and a public hearing next week on the $623 million spending plan.

Budget orientation meetings will be held at 7 o'clock tonight at: Owings Mills High; General Stricker, Pine Grove and Cockeysville middle schools; and Southwest Academy. The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the Ruxton Center, 6916 N. Charles St.

The board will conduct its budget work session at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Greenwood school headquarters. The board plans to adopt the budget Feb. 27.

Police officer to be honored as a hero for saving woman


TOWSON -- A county police officer will be honored for heroism today in Annapolis in a state Senate proclamation for his rescue of a Towson woman from a car trapped in rising floodwaters Jan. 19 on Bellona Avenue.

Officer David C. Nilsen, on the force 4 1/2 years, jumped onto the hood of Margaret S. Richardson's Volvo and had to grab the windshield wipers to keep from falling into the water. He shattered a window to get Mrs. Richardson out and, with the help of two bystanders, got to land just before the water reached the roof. The proclamation will be at 10 a.m.

City police released yesterday a sketch of a man being sought in the slaying Friday of the owner of the Atlantis carryout restaurant in the 1600 block of N. Gay St.

John Diakomanolis, 44, the owner, had argued with a customer who had complained about the price of slices of pizza and was shot in the chest.

The suspect was described as black, 25 to 30, with a gold front tooth that had the letter "T" or "J" engraved on it. He was wearing a cream-colored jacket with maroon stripes, a blue hooded sweat shirt and blue gloves with the fingers cut out. Anyone with information may call police at 396-2100. A 67-year-old man who was having a heart attack and being taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in an ambulance died early Sunday after the driver of a van ran a red light and crashed into the ambulance, Baltimore police said.

Leonard Rosenwald Bridgeforth of the 2000 block of E. Federal St. was pronounced dead at the hospital after another ambulance picked him up at the scene at Federal and Washington streets. Police said Mr. Bridgeforth apparently died of a heart attack and was not injured in the 4:30 a.m. crash.

Police said the ambulance was broadsided by a van driven by Alex Lamont Carrington, 33, of the 800 block of Aisquith St. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

March deadlines loom for Artscape '96 entries

Local artists hoping to show work in Artscape '96 must submit entries by three March deadlines.

Entries for eight visual arts exhibitions and the performance art category must be submitted by March 1; film and video entries by March 22; and work for the Fine Arts Marketplace by March 29.

For information, call (410) 396-4575.

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