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March 01, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Jessamy's statement about evidence was incorrect, official says

Baltimore's chief prosecutor, Patricia C. Jessamy, was wrong when she said the Maryland attorney general's office had termed as inaccurate recent rulings by city judges on her office's handling of evidence, a top state justice official said.

Gary E. Bair, chief of the attorney general's criminal appeals division, said his lawyers did not tell Jessamy's office that the rulings were erroneous. Bair said a city prosecutor called the office to inquire about appealing one ruling, which he said was not allowed under state law.

Jessamy made her remarks Tuesday while she was being questioned by City Council members about evidence handling in her office. Bair also said that his office did not discuss training judges on evidence law, as Jessamy told the council.

Police identify couple killed in hit-and-run crash

James Eppes, 45, and his wife, Etta, 44, of the 5700 block of Jonquil Ave. in Northwest Baltimore were identified yesterday by police as the couple killed Tuesday night in a hit-and-run accident.

Police said they are searching for the driver of a Ford Crown Victoria, which apparently ran a stop sign and crashed into the side of the Eppes' Pontiac Grand Prix at Springdale and Granada avenues, also in Northwest Baltimore. A passenger in their car, Earl Carter, 27, was in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said the Ford had been reported stolen in Baltimore County about 20 minutes before the 8:30 p.m. accident. She also said suspected drugs were found in the Ford.

Man, 32, fatally shot in Johnston Square

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 32-year-old man early yesterday in Johnston Square in East Baltimore.

Police identified the victim as Anthony Johnson, of the 900 block of Ashland Court, about two blocks from the slaying scene in the 900 block of Valley St.

Officers responding to reports of gunfire about 12:15 a.m. found Johnson, who had been shot several times, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they knew of no motive or suspects.

Teen charged in killing surrenders to police

A teen-ager charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in a fatal shooting this week in East Baltimore surrendered to police yesterday.

Kurtis Williams, 17, of the 700 block of Dr. Benjamin Quarles Place on the east side turned himself in at 6 p.m. at police headquarters and was being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center, said Detective Frank Miller.

Miller said Kevin Grayson, 25, of the 200 block of Herring Court, was shot about 3 a.m. Monday in the 200 block of S. Bond St. by a youth who complained that he was talking too loudly. Grayson, who was released from prison Feb. 20, died Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

O'Malley invites thousands to March 11 fund-raiser

Mayor Martin O'Malley is inviting a huge crowd to a fund-raiser he will hold March 11.

This week, O'Malley campaign aides sent 14,000 Baltimore households invitations to the $35-a-person event at Hammerjacks, with the mayor's Irish rock band headlining.

It is unclear whether the event will draw a capacity crowd of 2,500, but those invited are solid Democrats: City residents who voted in the past three Democratic primaries were targeted to receive the mailing.

Cartoonist Sorel to appear at bookstore

Cartoonist and children's author Edward Sorel will appear at the Children's Bookstore, 737 Deepdene Road, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sorel, whose cartoons appear regularly in the New Yorker magazine, is author and illustrator of "Johnny on the Spot," about a radio in the 1940s that tells tomorrow's news, and "The Saturday Kid," about Saturday matinees and the dreams of a young boy, also in the 1940s.

Sorel will draw cartoons in books purchased during his appearance.

70,000 gallons of sewage spill into the Jones Falls

About 70,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Jones Falls at Ash Street in Hampden yesterday. The spill apparently was caused by an interruption in electrical service to the Jones Falls pumping station, said Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for the city Department of Public Works.

The spill was discovered about 10 a.m., Kocher said. He said the electricity was restored about 10:10 a.m. and that no additional sewage spilled into the Jones Falls. Kocher said the public works department is investigating the incident.

Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, city health commissioner, said the Health Department has posted signs declaring the water in the area of the spill contaminated and not safe for drinking.

In Baltimore County

Driver eludes police despite news copter's help

WOODLAWN - A television news helicopter helped Baltimore County police find a vehicle that eluded an officer during a high-speed chase yesterday from Woodlawn to Rosemont.

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