A Baltimore man yesterday became the first person...


October 10, 1997|By From staff reports

RANDALLSTOWN — A Baltimore man yesterday became the first person convicted in Maryland under a 1994 federal carjacking statute, said Lynne Battaglia, the U.S. attorney for Maryland.

A jury convicted Harold L. Wright, 32, of the 1700 block of N. Broadway in two carjackings near the 1200 block of N. Charles St. between April 24 and April 29, Battaglia said. He was acquitted of an attempted carjacking.

Battaglia said Wright could receive a maximum of 25 years without parole when he is sentenced Dec. 4.

Man in his 20s dies after being shot on street

A West Baltimore man was shot several times last night in the 2200 block of W. Fayette St. by the friend of a man with whom he had been arguing, police said. The victim died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center about 30 minutes after the 10: 20 p.m. shooting.

Police said the identity of the victim, who was in his 20s, was withheld pending notification of relatives. Witnesses were being questioned at police headquarters early today, but no arrest had been made, police said.

Burglary suspect arrested outside Gardenville bank

A man suspected of several burglaries in Northeast Baltimore was arrested outside a Gardenville bank yesterday where he went to cash in several rolls of dimes taken an hour earlier in a burglary in the 5300 block of Cedella Ave., police said.

Sgt. John Wagner, of the Northeastern District major case unit, said Officer Derrick Layton saw a man about to enter NationsBank in the 5300 block of Belair Road shortly before 2 p.m. He said the man fit the description of a man seen leaving a Cedella Avenue house.

Wagner said Layton arrested the man and recovered the dimes and jewelry. He said Robert Kenneth Harvell, 43, of the 5300 block of Frankford Ave. was charged with yesterday's burglary and others that had occurred in the area since late last month.

Library opens study site at Woodberry PAL center

Enoch Pratt Free Library opened its first Smartlink site yesterday at the Police Athletic League Center in Woodberry in North Baltimore, where children will be able to study.

Funded by a grant from the Aaron Straus and Lillie Straus Foundation, the site is at 1501 Wood Heights Ave. Smartlink is a group of Pratt services designed to bring information resources to partner organizations and institutions engaged in educational support activities.

On Wednesday, an after-school library was opened at the Mildred Monroe PAL Center at 1600 N. Guilford Ave. The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions donated more than 1,000 books to the library.

RANDALLSTOWN -- Adrienne A. Jones, director of the county's Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs and a staff aide to county executives for more than 21 years, has been nominated to fill a General Assembly vacancy created by the death of Del. Joan N. Parker last month.

The 10th Legislative District Democratic State Central Committee picked Jones from among 17 candidates Wednesday. Her name has been forwarded to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who must make a selection within 15 days.

Jones, 42, a native of Cowdensville, a historically African-American enclave near Arbutus, lives in Randallstown with her teen-age sons, Brandon and Daylan. She does not plan to leave her county job, she said, if the governor confirms her selection.

Planning Board to revisit home-business issue later


TOWSON -- Unable to agree on how many visitors and deliveries a home-based business should be allowed, the Planning Board delayed a vote yesterday on a bill regulating home businesses.

The county has being trying for months to modernize its law, which makes it illegal to use a computer or fax machine in a home-based business. The board agrees workers should be permitted to use such technology at home, but cannot decide how to craft legislation that permits home occupations while preserving residential neighborhoods.

The panel decided to study the issue until late next month.

Entries for writing contest being accepted at schools


TOWSON -- Baltimore County's 1997 Creative Writing Competition for students in grades two through 12 in public, parochial and private schools has begun.

The competition is open only to county residents, who must write 500 words or fewer on a specified topic, depending on a student's grade level. Entries will be accepted through Dec. 12, and winners will be announced in January. Prizes include savings bonds and merchandise.

Students can submit entries to their homeroom teachers. For topics and more information, call Doris Patz at 410-486-6048. The competition is sponsored by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences and County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

Pub Date: 10/10/97

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