Police are weighing charges in the recent...

CATONSVILLE --

June 28, 1996|By From staff reports

CATONSVILLE -- Police are weighing charges in the recent death of a 46-year-old Woodlawn man who authorities say was set ablaze by a fellow patient in a state mental hospital nearly two decades ago.

The state medical examiner's office has ruled the June 15 death of John Washington Rose to be a homicide, county police said yesterday. Rose, 46, a patient at the Spring Grove Hospital Center, died as a result of injuries received there in April 1977, when another patient doused him with lighter fluid and ignited it.

Police said the suspect -- who was discharged in 1981 from Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center for the criminally insane -- cannot be charged with murder under state law because the injuries were inflicted more than a year before Rose's death. Police said they could find no record of the suspect being charged in the attack and are weighing the possibility of bringing felony assault charges.

Police shift area's coverage from Towson to Garrison

TOWSON

TOWSON -- After months of discussions, the county Police Department is shifting responsibility for a four-square-mile section between Falls Road and Greenspring Avenue from Towson Precinct to Garrison Precinct to allow better coverage of the area.

Residents have complained that officers take too long to respond from Towson, where calls from east of the county seat often keep them busy. They argued that access would be easier from Garrison Precinct to the west.

Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan said an analysis confirmed that view, and the new alignment will become effective July 8. The area, containing 3,500 homes, is bounded on the north by Greenspring Valley Road, on the south by the city line, on the west by Greenspring Avenue, and on the east by Falls Road and Interstate 83.

DeJuliis sets campaigning from Towson to Joppatowne

ESSEX

ESSEX -- Connie Galiazzo DeJuliis, Democratic 2nd District congressional candidate, plans to begin a neighborhood walking campaign in Baltimore and Harford counties tomorrow in her attempt to unseat freshman Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Campaign officials at the Essex headquarters said 200 volunteers will help distribute literature for DeJuliis starting at midmorning in Towson, and continuing through the day in Carney, Essex, Dundalk and Joppatowne.

The district covers Harford County, eastern and northern Baltimore County and a small portion of northern Anne Arundel County.

Baltimore police charged Angel Gilyard, 33, of no fixed address, with first-degree murder and robbery in the strangulation death of an 81-year-old minister who was found dead in his residence on May 19. Gilyard was arrested yesterday in the 600 block of Cumberland St. on the west side.

Police said robbery was the apparent motive for the slaying of the Rev. James W. Sutton of the 1700 block of N. Pulaski St. He had operated a barbershop next door for 40 years and was pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in the 500 block of N. Stricker St.

Coalition takes over role in drug abuse prevention

In a ceremony yesterday at City Hall Plaza, the Baltimore Prevention Coalition took over leadership in the fight against drug abuse, succeeding the Baltimore City Partnership for Drug Free Neighborhoods, whose five-year grant expires at the end of June.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was on hand as Karen Holmes Morant, project director for the partnership, unveiled the group's manual on how to implement anti-drug strategies in communities. The handbooks are being distributed to neighborhood organizations.

Housing department begins repairs on Peabody building

Baltimore's housing department has begun to shore up the Peabody Book Shop and Beer Stube building at 913 N. Charles St. after the owners failed to repair it.

Workers from Paul Simon Roofers of Baltimore began clearing away debris this week so they could fix a hole in the north wall of the building, which was condemned by the city this spring.

The city Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation last week denied a request from the owner to raze the building, which is part of the Mount Vernon historic district. The city likely will seek a lien on the property to recoup the costs of the work, said housing department spokesman Zack Germroth.

Police seeking man charged in four bank robberies

Baltimore police are searching for Arthur Ford, 37, of no fixed address, who is charged in four holdups at two downtown banks. Ford is accused of robbing NationsBank in the first block of Light St. on May 23 and June 14, and Signet Bank in the 300 block of E. Lombard St. on June 6 and June 21.

Police said that the robber did not show a weapon but handed tellers notes demanding bills in $10, $20 and $50 denominations.

Pub Date: 6/28/96

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