Clyde Nathaniel Macklin, 38, of Baltimore was...


November 28, 1996|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- Clyde Nathaniel Macklin, 38, of Baltimore was sentenced yesterday in county Circuit Court to life in prison for smothering an elderly Rosedale woman during a robbery Feb. 3.

On Tuesday, a jury convicted Macklin of murder, burglary and robbery in the death of Hedwig Krezwinski Samelko, 77, who lived in the 1700 block of Summit Ave. At sentencing, Macklin said, "I'm not the one that killed that lady."

Circuit Judge Dana M. Levitz could have sentenced Macklin to death but opted for the life term with the possibility of parole, plus 10 years for the burglary. The judge said that he did not think Macklin would be a threat to society if he was released and that his drug addiction and learning disabilities were mitigating factors.

Fire in storage area forces high school's evacuation


RANDALLSTOWN -- A smoky fire in a locked second-floor storage area cut short classes at Randallstown High School yesterday, forcing evacuation of the school at about 1: 20 p.m.

Though the fire was under control in about 20 minutes, students were dismissed when fire officials said they would need at least an hour to clear the smoke. Fire officials had not determined the cause of the fire.

Candlelight vigil at Goucher to mark World AIDS Day


TOWSON -- A candlelight vigil to mark World AIDS Day will be held from 4 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Sunday at Haebler Memorial Chapel on the campus of Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road.

The free public event will feature music by Patapsco High School Chamber Choir and speakers whose lives have been affected by AIDS, including an 11-year-old girl whose father and uncle have died of the disease. Information: 887-2913 or 337-6119.

A 70-year-old Baltimore County man died last night of injuries he received when he was struck by a car and dragged about 50 feet on the parking lot of a Northeast Baltimore supermarket, said Officer John Starkey of the city's traffic investigation section.

John Adam Bach Jr., 70, of the 5100 block of Meridy Ave. in Parkville died at Johns Hopkins Hospital several hours after the 1: 10 p.m. accident, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A driver was backing a 1989 Chevrolet out of a parking space on the lot of the Bi-Rite supermarket in the 5900 block of Belair Road when she struck Bach, Starkey said. The motorist continued to back up, dragging him about 50 feet and hitting two other parked cars before stopping, he said.

Commissioner replaces head of Police Athletic League

Baltimore Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier permanently replaced Maj. Frank Melcavage yesterday as head of the Police Athletic League program, one of the department's premier community relations initiatives.

Maj. Alvin Winkler, who is responsible for recruiting block-watch representatives and working with the department's youth choir, will take on the added duties of coordinating the PAL program, in which police officers run recreation centers.

Melcavage, a 26-year veteran, was removed from his position after a complaint was lodged against him. Police officials have refused to say what the allegation is, but they have stressed it is not related to the PAL program. Melcavage is on personal leave.

Pair barricade house after bank is robbed

Two men wearing ski masks -- one of them armed with a shotgun -- robbed a NationsBank yesterday and then barricaded themselves in a South Baltimore house for nearly two hours before surrendering, city police said.

A police spokeswoman said two men robbed the bank in the 1500 block of Joh Ave. about 10 a.m. and escaped in a 1993 burgundy Hyundai. A license plate number given to police by witnesses was traced to a house in the 2500 block of Ridgely St. in Morrell Park, the spokeswoman said.

While police surrounded the house, one of the men called police dispatchers and threatened to start shooting. Police negotiators talked two men and a woman into giving up about 2 p.m. Charged with armed robbery and felony weapons charges and held without bail are Reginald Nelson, 30, of the 700 block of Gwynn Ave., and Kevin Parham, 30, of the 2900 block of Mosher St.

Pub Date: 11/28/96

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