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July 02, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Black bear seen in Owings Mills eludes officials again

OWINGS MILLS -- The black bear that has been roaming in Owings Mills since June 15 reappeared briefly yesterday, rooting in trash bins behind a discount store and a supermarket near Painters Mill Road and Music Fair Lane before vanishing into the woods, state officials said.

"Once again, he eludes us," said Richard McIntire, spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources. "We believe he is perhaps going along that green corridor all the way to Liberty Reservoir."

Some observers have told DNR the bear is limping, McIntire said. If the bear is injured, and if DNR biologists can get close enough, he will be sedated, treated and taken to Western Maryland, McIntire said. Anyone who sees the bear should call the Bel Air office of the DNR at 410-836-4557.

Police on search for robber at bank in Perry Hall

PERRY HALL -- Police have requested the public's help in searching for a man who robbed a Crestar Bank Wednesday.

The man, described as a stocky Hispanic male between 20 and 30 years old and 5 feet 7 inches tall, was wearing a camouflage hat, sunglasses and a plaid shirt when he demanded money from a teller about 9: 30 a.m. He was carrying a silver handgun.

Anyone with information about the robber's identity is asked to call county police at 410-887-2198.

Title company operator guilty of embezzling

REISTERSTOWN -- The former operator of a Reisterstown title company pleaded guilty yesterday to embezzling nearly $120,000 in escrow funds, the state attorney general's office said.

Steven L. Friedman, 53, who operated Landmark Title Co., pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary. Judge J. Norris Byrnes did not set a sentencing date.

Friedman, through a series of transactions, illegally transferred $119,283.12 in real estate settlement funds from Landmark's escrow accounts to its operating accounts, according to the statement of facts provided to the court. The money was spent on business and personal expenses, including payroll and repayment of loans Friedman made to his business, the state said.

In Baltimore City

19-year-old fatally shot near Mondawmin Mall

A 19-year-old man was fatally shot early yesterday near Mondawmin Mall in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

Detective Greg MacGillivary said witnesses reported that a man came up to Mark Deneal Spann about 1: 30 a.m. in the 3000 block of Reisterstown Road, near Anoka Avenue, and shot him several times in the upper body with a semiautomatic handgun.

MacGillivary said Spann staggered across the street to Auchentoroly Terrace and collapsed. Spann, of the 3400 block of Hilldale Place in Lower Park Heights, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man found shot to death on parking lot of school

The body of a man who had been shot was found early yesterday on the parking lot of a Northeast Baltimore school, police said.

About 1 a.m., an anonymous caller told police that a body was on the parking lot behind Frankford Intermediate School in the 6000 block of Frankford Ave. Officers went there and found James Hopkins, 20, of the 5600 block of Frankford Ave. dead from gunshot wounds.

Cab driver shot, killed in struggle with passenger

A man operating an illegal cab service was killed during a struggle with a passenger about 11: 20 p.m. Wednesday in West Baltimore, police said.

Police said Edward Perry, 27, of the 4200 block of Oakford Ave. and Tara Williams, 22, of West Baltimore picked up a fare at an unknown location and drove him to the 500 block of Swann Ave. in Edmondson Village, where he took out a gun and demanded money. A struggle with Perry ensued, and Perry and Williams were shot.

Williams drove to St. Agnes HealthCare, where Perry was pronounced dead and Williams was in good condition yesterday, police said.

Candidate accuses ministers group of bias

Mayoral candidate A. Robert Kaufman, civic gadfly and activist, filed a discrimination complaint this week against the Baptist Ministers Conference for Baltimore and Vicinity, alleging that it excluded him from a candidates forum Monday because of his race.

Kaufman said in his complaint to the Baltimore Community Relations Commission that only black candidates were invited to the forum. He said that he attended a similar forum four years ago and that the moderator made the comment, "Blacks support blacks, and Jews support Jews."

The Rev. Carl L. Washington, conference president, said that the forum was for leading candidates and that Kaufman was not excluded because of his race. He said he was willing to talk with Kaufman about his candidacy.

Pub Date: 7/02/99

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