Police are seeking a man suspected in several...


December 31, 1997|By From staff reports

WOODLAWN -- Police are seeking a man suspected in several robberies in Baltimore and Howard counties, including a convenience store robbery near Woodlawn on Christmas Eve.

Witnesses told police that about 3: 45 p.m. Dec. 24, a man used the pay phone in front of a 7-Eleven in the 7400 block of Windsor Mill Road. Then he went inside, showed the clerk a handgun and demanded money, which the clerk handed over. The man fled.

He is described as black, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds, wearing glasses and an African-motif hat and vest. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-887-2198.

Suspected robber taped breaking security camera


RANDALLSTOWN -- Here's a tip for criminals: If you don't want to have your picture taken, don't stick your face in the camera.

A suspected robber apparently didn't realize that, and county police are looking for him. The man allegedly used a hammer to smash a security camera at Modern Beauty Supply Co. in the 3500 block of Brenbrook Drive before taking a number of pagers and hats from the store.

But the video camera yielded close-up shots of the man's face as the camera was breaking. Anyone with information about the man or the robbery is asked to call police at 410-887-2198.

UMBC takes third place in 'world series' of chess


CATONSVILLE -- The University of Maryland, Baltimore County chess team finished third Monday among 26 schools competing at the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, known as the "World Series of College Chess."

UMBC competed with schools from the United States, Central and South America in three days of matches at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, said Alan T. Sherman, a computer science professor at UMBC who is the chess club faculty adviser.

UMBC's chess team won the competition last year.

Bishop Felton Edwin May of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church will give the homily at the fifth annual New Year's Eve Interfaith Service from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 740 N. Calvert St.

A musical program will begin at 8: 30 p.m. and clergy representing the Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Jewish faiths will offer prayers for the city's blessings in 1997.

Admission is free but tickets are required. Information: 410-727-3848.

Westport stop malfunction disrupts light rail service

A malfunction at the Maryland Mass Transit Administration's Westport light rail station in South Baltimore yesterday morning forced riders to use buses to travel between the Camden Yards and Patapsco Avenue stations.

MTA spokesman Anthony Brown said that a light rail car coming into the Westport station about 7: 30 a.m. knocked out an overhead power line. Service was disrupted throughout the day.

Brown said that crews worked on the line all day yesterday and that service was expected to be restored by this morning.

Pub Date: 12/31/97

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