City police were investigating two homicides...

City/County Digest

September 04, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON — City police were investigating two homicides yesterday.

Joseph Earl Stewart Jr., 22, of Owings Mills was found just before 3 a.m. lying on a sidewalk on the 3000 block of Oakley Ave. with an apparent gunshot wound to his shoulder. He was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police also said that Ronald Jason Hixson, whose body was found Wednesday on a baseball field on the 4600 block of Virginia Ave., was the victim of a homicide. Hixson, 36, of Southeast Baltimore suffered numerous injuries to his head, throat and chest, police said.

Downtown church will use sign language in its services

A downtown Baltimore church will begin to use sign language at its services this month.

The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, at Charles and Franklin streets, will conduct its first "signed service" at 11 a.m. Sept. 13. The service will be translated through sign language, and a deaf choir will sing.

Although the church does not have a large number of deaf members, it will offer sign language lessons to its members in an effort to welcome the hearing impaired.

U.S. program gives police new software to track crime

City police will be better able to track crime with the help of new computer software made available through a U.S. Justice Department pilot program.

Police will use the software to track criminal incidents and look XTC for patterns in criminal activity throughout the Baltimore area, according to Jonathan Weiss, an aide to Vice President Al Gore.

Cities in Wisconsin, Oregon, California and Pennsylvania received similar grants, he said. The program is intended to counter threats posed by suburban sprawl and urban decay, he said.

TOWSON -- A Pikesville shooting initially believed to be a suicide led to involuntary manslaughter charges against a 17-year-old boy yesterday, Baltimore County police said.

The boy, whose name was not released by police, was charged in the death Sunday morning of 21-year-old Adam Scott Martinez, of the first block of Cinnamon Circle in Randallstown.

Martinez, the 17-year-old and two other juveniles were sitting outside an apartment in the 800 block of Silver Creek Road Saturday night, said police spokesman Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, who said the four were drinking beer and playing with two handguns. About 2: 30 a.m. Sunday, one of the handguns discharged and killed Martinez, Novak said.

Author of children's books will read to Dundalk pupils


DUNDALK -- Carol Plum, the author of several children's books, will read to students at Dundalk Elementary School from 9 a.m. to noon today.

Plum, the niece of the school's reading specialist, also will explain how she writes books and chooses the subjects of her stories.

Plum's books include "The Secret Butterfly" and "The Swinging Tree," which are written for children in prekindergarten through second grade.

Agencies will join effort to stop running of red lights


TOWSON -- Stop Red Light Running Week, a national effort to deter those who ignore traffic signals, will be launched in the county today, police said.

Officials from the county Police Department, Maryland State Police, American Trauma Society and State Highway $ 1/8 Administration will attend a ceremony at Perring Parkway and Joppa Road at 8: 15 a.m.

As part of the event, a helicopter, motorcycles and a damaged vehicle will be displayed, police said.

Pub Date: 9/04/98

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