A 73-year-old man was killed early yesterday as he tried...

City/County Digest

November 04, 1997|By From staff reports

ESSEX — A 73-year-old man was killed early yesterday as he tried to talk to a woman who had locked herself in a second-floor bedroom of a rooming house in Walbrook in West Baltimore, police said.

Zara L. Davis of the 2000 block of Clifton Ave. was hit in the chest by a shotgun blast fired through a closed wooden door and was pronounced dead at the scene about 12: 30 a.m., police said.

Police said Deborah Holland Cannady, 46, of the same address, who called a 911 dispatcher and reported the shooting, was charged with first-degree murder. Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a police spokeswoman, said Davis and Cannady had an argument and Cannady locked herself in the bedroom.

Demolition makes room for Poppleton family center

Demolition of a former funeral home has begun in Poppleton in Southwest Baltimore to make way for the start of construction of a three-story family center for poor families to be operated by the Sisters of Mercy.

"It's wonderful we've had so much support," Sister Margaret Downing, director of the House of Mercy, said of gifts for the $1 million project, which has been planned for five years and is expected to be completed about July 1.

The building at Hollins and Poppleton streets will contain 7,627 square feet, housing activities conducted in one nearby rented room. These include after-school classes for elementary pupils, programs to build self-esteem among girls and computer classes.

City pensioners' paychecks haven't been delivered

City payroll and union officials were deluged with telephone calls yesterday from pensioners awaiting biweekly checks that should have been in their mailboxes Friday.

About 7,000 retired city employees are affected by the delay, officials said. Another 7,000 retirees who have direct deposit had their accounts credited properly, they said.

City and U.S. Postal Service officials said they were unsure when the problem would be cleared up and differed on who was to blame for the delay. City officials said they sent the checks to the post office Thursday, but postal officials said they had not received the checks to deliver yesterday afternoon.

Man sitting in his car fatally shot in S. Baltimore

A man was fatally shot last night while seated in his car on a South Baltimore street, police said.

Homicide Detective Homer Pennington said the man was seated in a Buick in the 700 block of S. Paca St. near Cross Street about 8: 20 p.m. when someone outside the car shot him at least once in the upper torso. Pennington said the car drifted several feet and struck a utility pole.

Residents heard the crash and called police. The victim, whose name was not released because his family had not been notified, died at 8: 44 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Pennington said.

ESSEX -- Essex Community College will celebrate its 40th anniversary Friday with music and food at the college's community center.

Former students, faculty members, employees and college friends will enjoy Cajun food, hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine and music, including jazz, blues, country and rock 'n' roll from 7: 30 p.m. to midnight.

Information: 410-780-6369.

White Marsh man held in stabbing of grandmother


TOWSON -- County police have arrested Jon L. Heffner, 23, in the Saturday stabbing of his 67-year-old grandmother, Lucille Jones, of the 4800 block of Ridge Road in White Marsh. Lucille Jones was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday.

Heffner, who was living with Jones at the time of the incident, is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, auto theft, armed robbery and possession of a deadly weapon. Police allege that Heffner entered his grandmother's bedroom in the early morning hours Saturday and tried to strangle her as he repeatedly stabbed her.

Heffner was being held yesterday without bail at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, where he will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Advice on divorce available to limited-income residents


TOWSON -- Baltimore County and Baltimore City residents who have limited incomes and need advice on getting a divorce may get free help Nov. 11 from Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service in Towson.

rTC Couples must be separated at least 10 months and meet income requirements to qualify. The class describes the process of getting a divorce and custody of children, representing oneself without a lawyer and completing forms.

Those interested are asked to call Wendi Redfern at 410-547-6537 for screening. Accepted applicants will be told the location.

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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