John R. Simpson, an Essex carpenter, has been...


September 25, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- John R. Simpson, an Essex carpenter, has been sentenced to life without parole for the murder of an Essex man, William A. Ehinger Jr., who was run over by his own car on Eastern Boulevard in August 1997.

Simpson also was sentenced to 20 years for carjacking, to run concurrently with the life sentence, at Wednesday's sentencing. Prosecutors had asked for the death penalty, but county Circuit Judge Lawrence R. Daniels said he could not find beyond a reasonable doubt that Simpson -- rather than his accomplice, Shawn T. Long -- was the person driving the car when it ran over Ehinger.

Long, who said he was in the back seat when Simpson ran over Ehinger, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in exchange for an eight-year sentence and an agreement to testify against Simpson.

Police seek information on bank robbery suspect


TOWSON -- County police are asking citizens to help them identify a man who robbed a bank in Essex on Wednesday morning.

Just before noon, a man approached a teller at a NationsBank in the 1300 block of Eastern Blvd. and handed over a note demanding cash, police said yesterday. The robber was given money and left the bank.

He is described as black, 25 to 30, 5 foot 9 and 160 pounds. He has short black hair and a dark complexion with acne. He was wearing a plain dark baseball hat, dark jacket and pants, and sunglasses. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 410-887-2198.

Air National Guard planes to return from Bangladesh


MIDDLE RIVER -- Two Maryland Air National Guard C-130B Hercules transport planes operated by crews from the 135th Airlift Squadron are due back at Martin State Airport at 6: 30 p.m. this evening, after two short relief missions to Bangladesh.

After arriving in Dhaka on Sept. 13, the crews demonstrated the capabilities of the large planes to local officials of the flood-ravaged, poverty-stricken country and flew 25,000 pounds of medical supplies and 18,000 pounds of food to locations to aid in disaster relief.

Since Bangladesh is due to receive four C-130s soon, part of the Marylanders' mission was to show local government officials how the giant planes are rigged and their varied uses.

Net Weekend '98 begins today at Rosedale school


ROSEDALE -- Maryland's "Net Weekend '98" will be launched at 10: 30 a.m. today at Red House Run Elementary School with Gov. Parris N. Glendening, County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger and schools Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione.

This year marks the state's third Net Weekend, an effort to try to wire every school in the state for the Internet.

This year's program -- which is scheduled for today, tomorrow and Sunday -- focuses on the technology needs of more than 400 public schools. More than 90 Baltimore County schools will share a $180,000 grant from the state to help their Internet projects.

A 30-year-old man standing in the dining room of a Southeast Baltimore home was shot and killed late Wednesday and police said yesterday they had made no arrests. A detective said the victim was not the gunman's intended target.

Detective Mark Wiedefeld said William T. Gunter, of the 1200 block of Wohler Way in O'Donnell Heights, was shot about 11 p.m. by at least one gunman who stood on the rear porch of the house in the 6300 block of Boston St. and fired several rounds through the dining room window, hitting Gunter five times. Police believe the gunmen were seeking an occupant of the house, not Gunter.

Wiedefeld said Gunter was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 11: 30 p.m.

Wiedefeld said a quantity of narcotics found in the house led to his belief that the shooting was drug-related.

2nd hearing on Canton site will be held Monday

A second public hearing on the city's plans to develop an

80-acre industrial park in Canton in Southeast Baltimore will be -- held at 5: 30 p.m. Monday at Baltimore Development Corp., Suite 1600, 36 S. Charles St.

The proposed Chesapeake Business Center would be on Boston Street between Conkling and Newkirk streets near Interstate 95 and would create up to 1,400 jobs. It would be built with federal, state, city and private funds, according to city officials.

Hospital facility dedication to honor social worker

Harbor Hospital Center in South Baltimore will dedicate the auditorium in its new LifeResource Center today to a community activist in nearby Cherry Hill.

Rosa L. McCoy, a social worker, is known to thousands of families in Cherry Hill. She has worked for the state Department of Social Services and once directed the Mayor's Office of Service Programs. The ceremony is set for 4: 30 p.m. at the LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St.

Pub Date: 9/25/98

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