West Baltimore teen was convicted yesterday of...


November 05, 1997|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- A West Baltimore teen was convicted yesterday of first-degree murder, attempted murder and first-degree assault in the December shooting at a Catonsville "Sweet 16" party that left one man dead.

A Baltimore County Circuit Court jury convicted Phillip A. Montague, 17, of the 800 block of Bentalou St. of killing 24-year-old Steven Cowan, attempting to murder Curtis Sanders and assaulting Kumoni Brown. The three victims were attending the party at Banneker Community Center when a fight broke out. The shooting took place outside the center.

The jury acquitted another defendant, Michael Nichols, of murder charges. Montague will be sentenced Jan. 5.

20 acres to be purchased in Honeygo for parkland


WHITE MARSH -- Twenty acres, including three homes, are set to become one of a dozen pockets of open space parkland in the planned community of Honeygo, now that the County Council has approved the $450,000 purchase using state funds.

County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Perry Hall Democrat, applauded the plan to purchase the property for recreational land in Honeygo before it is developed, instead of playing catch-up later.

Occupants of the homes have been relocated. The council approved the purchase Monday night.

Jury convicts Aberdeen man in slaying of teen-age boy


TOWSON -- In a case that could carry the death penalty, a jury has convicted Keith L. Sellers, 25, of Aberdeen of first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon in the March killing of a 17-year-old North Carolina boy whose body was found in a field in White Marsh.

Sellers had been living with the victim, Michael S. Keller, in an Aberdeen motel at the time of the slaying. Keller's body was found off Pulaski Highway with multiple stab wounds March 28. The jury convicted Sellers late Monday night.

Another hearing, to determine whether Sellers will receive the death penalty, is scheduled for tomorrow.

Dewayne Keyes, 27, who was shot last month on a West Baltimore street, died about 10 p.m. yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Keyes of the 3900 block of Wabash Ave. was shot several times about 2: 45 p.m. Oct. 5 in the 400 block of Gold St., police said. Police have not identified Keyes' companion, who was also shot, because he is a witness.

Blue Cross chief executive to speak at Morgan State

William L. Jews, president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland Inc., will speak on the importance of establishing a personal business plan at 11 a.m. Nov. 12 at McMechen Hall on the campus of Morgan State University, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane.

His appearance is part of the Bryson/Sawyer lecture series of executive speakers sponsored by Morgan's Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management.

Jews, a native of Cambridge, earned a master's degree from Morgan's School of Urban Studies in 1976. Information: 410-319-3160.

Police raid 3 businesses, seize hundreds of audiotapes

Police raided three businesses yesterday and seized more than 300 audiotapes that they suspect were pirated and being sold illegally, a police spokeswoman said.

Agent Ragina L. Cooper, the spokeswoman, said Joel Bailey, 26, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested at Empire Paging in the 700 block of Washington Blvd. and charged with licensing violations.

Police identified the other raided businesses as Metro Stereo at Mondawmin Mall and Metro II at Reisterstown Road Plaza. They said officials of the Recording Industry of America, a watchdog group, participated in the investigation, which is continuing.

Veterans office to celebrate Air Force's 50th anniversary

The Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Regional Office will commemorate Veterans Day and the 50th anniversary of the Air Force at 1 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the George H. Fallon Federal Building, 31 Hopkins Plaza downtown.

A display will be unveiled, and several pilots, including Col. Herman G. "Hank" Tillman Jr., who flew in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, will be honored. Brig. Gen. Francis X. Taylor, commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, will speak.

Pub Date: 11/05/97

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