In Baltimore County Baby-sitter charged with murder...

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July 09, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Baby-sitter charged with murder in death of 4-month-old girl

TOWSON -- A 28-year-old baby sitter was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the death of a 4-month-old Owings Mills girl, county police said.

According to police, Thu Thi Xuan Le was caring for Kimdang Thi Le, who was no relation, on July 2 at the woman's home in Owings Mills. She said the child took ill about 6: 30 p.m. Kimdang was taken to Sinai Hospital and then to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where she died Wednesday night, police said.

Hopkins doctors said Kimdang was shaken severely and her head was struck with something hard, police said. The state medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide yesterday. A bail review hearing was set for Thu today in District Court.

400 students set to repair homes of needy

TOWSON -- Nearly 400 high school students from around the nation will begin repairing the homes of needy people in Aero Acres/Victory Villa and East Towson on Monday.

The students, part of the World Changers Senior High School Construction Program, will work with the county Office of Community Conservation in the neighborhoods. Working through Friday, the students will repair roofs, fix porches, replace windows or install or repair sliding.

Local companies, such as Black & Decker/Dewalt power tools, have contributed $20,000 toward the project.

Contracts for well property, Web site upgrade approved

TOWSON -- The County Council unanimously approved contracts Tuesday to upgrade the county Web site and to purchase land for a well to serve a Monkton restaurant.

The council agreed to purchase 1.4 acres of farmland at Manor and Old York roads for $75,000 as a well site for the Manor Tavern. The tavern has been using bottled water since 1989, when its well was contaminated with highway salt stored outdoors at a now-closed county highway shop.

The council also approved a $100,000 contract to Systems Alliance Inc. of Hunt Valley to upgrade the county government Web site. Officials say residents soon will be able to pay tax bills, apply for permits and obtain other services over the Internet.

Essex-Middle River fair planned for July 23 to 31

ESSEX -- The Essex-Middle River Fun Fair will be held July 23 to 31, featuring rides, games and shows by Strates Show Inc.

Sponsored by the Essex-Middle River Chamber of Commerce, the fair will be held in the 1800 block of Eastern Blvd. at the old Riverdale site.

Admission is free. The fair is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

In Baltimore City

Forest Park man shot, killed in Northwest Baltimore

A Forest Park man was shot and killed yesterday in an alley near the heart of the Pimlico business district. Police said the slaying appeared to be drug-related.

Detective John McGrath said Curlenzo Stith, 29, of the 2900 block of Garrison Blvd. was shot numerous times in an alley behind the 3400 block of Paton Ave., near the intersection of Park Heights and Belvedere avenues in Northwest Baltimore. He said information gathered in the case led him to believe drugs played a role in the shooting.

McGrath said police were attempting to learn if Stith's death was related to the fatal shooting of an unidentified man Saturday in the 3500 block of W. Belvedere Ave., about two blocks from where Stith was killed.

Man held for larceny charged in shooting death

A man being held at a state correctional facility was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the shooting of a man during a robbery at a grocery store in April, police said.

Detective Dave Peckoo said Kareem Xavier Hawkins, 24, of the 1200 block of Young Court was charged in a warrant in the death of Jose Espinal, 27, who was shot during a robbery April 21 at Perez Grocery in the 500 block of N. Kenwood Ave., where he worked part-time.

Hawkins was being held on charges stemming from an unrelated larceny at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center on East Madison Street. Peckoo said Dwayne Lamont Stevens, 25, of the 5600 block of Fernpark Ave. also is charged with first-degree murder in the killing and is being sought.

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