A convicted kidnapper who has been charged in the killings...

City/County Digest

March 23, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON — A convicted kidnapper who has been charged in the killings of two women apparently attempted suicide in his cell yesterday, said a spokeswoman for the state Division of Correction.

Joseph Metheny was found bleeding from a neck wound about 6: 45 p.m in his cell at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center on East Madison Street, according to Maxine Eldridge, the spokeswoman. He was in stable condition at University of Maryland Medical Center last night, she said, and the incident is being investigated.

Metheny, 42, is serving 50 years for the December 1996 kidnapping, assault and threatened rape of a woman. He faces a trial next month on charges of killing two women, whose bodies were found buried in the woods near his Southwest Baltimore trailer.

Man arrested, 2nd sought in robbery of off-duty officer

Police said yesterday that a man has been arrested and another is being sought in the robbery Friday of an off-duty police officer, who captured one of the men.

Officer Derek Rowe, 26, was robbed of a pager and cash by the men -- one of whom was armed with a handgun -- after he left Hilltop Liquors in the 5400 block of Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore about 9: 30 p.m. Rowe chased them and fired his weapon at them when the gunman aimed at him, police said.

Police said Willis Williams, 20, of the 4800 block of Hayward Ave. was charged with armed robbery and illegal possession of a handgun, which was not recovered. The other suspect was described as black with a medium complexion, in his early 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with coarse hair and a mustache and wearing a black down jacket.

Off-duty police officer fired upon, shoots back

An off-duty Baltimore police officer driving his personal car was shot at Saturday night by an unknown assailant driving an Acura Legend after the suspect cut off the officer in the 2500 block of Elsinore Ave. in West Baltimore.

The suspect drove away when the officer, who was not injured, returned one shot. Agent Ragina L. Cooper, Police Department spokeswoman, said the officer stayed within police rules by returning fire at the suspect. "If someone fires at you, whether or not you're on duty, you are always able to defend yourself," she said. "We don't believe he struck anyone."

The incident occurred at 10: 24 p.m. After cutting off the officer, the suspect made a U-turn, pulled alongside the officer's vehicle and fired two shots.

Dunbar students recognized for community service

Thirteen Dunbar High School students were given Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions' Community of Caring Leadership awards for surpassing the state's community service graduation requirements.

The top student, Delroy Curtis, logged more than 1,300 volunteer hours. Latanya Lawson came in second with more than 1,000. In 1996, the state began requiring public high school students to participate in 75 hours of community service. Students work in homeless shelters, clean up parks and playgrounds or plant trees.

Hopkins will donate $300 to the charity of Curtis' choice and $200 to one of Lawson's choice.

TOWSON -- A neighborhood police substation will open at 10 a.m. today in Hillendale Shopping Center at Goucher and Loch Raven boulevards.

The substation will be staffed by outreach officers from the Towson precinct day and night, according to police. In addition to a police work area, the substation will have a meeting room for use by the community.

Funding for the substation was provided by Maryland's HotSpot program and by federal and county funds. Opening ceremonies will be attended by Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan.

Volunteers needed to survey Gwynns Falls watershed


REISTERSTOWN -- Gwynns Falls Watershed Association is seeking volunteers to help survey the Gwynns Falls stream system from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Training will be provided to volunteers, who must be at least 16 years old. The information they collect will be shared at a watershed conference in June.

Information: 410-542-5461.

Sudbrook Arts Centre to offer jazz concert today


PIKESVILLE -- Sudbrook Arts Centre, located in Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, will have a jazz night at 7: 30 p.m. today. The jazz concert will feature the music of Al Patacca's Orchestra and the jazz ensemble of the middle school.

Patacca has played lead and solo trumpet with several bands, including Glenn Miller, Buddy Rich and Baltimore's Hank Levy. Levy, who is a nationally known composer and arranger, will be the guest conductor.

Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children younger than age 10. Information: 410-887-1244.

Pub Date: 3/23/98

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