In Baltimore City Randallstown man is fatally shot in...

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May 17, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Randallstown man is fatally shot in city's 100th homicide of year

A 25-year-old Randallstown man was killed early yesterday - the city's 100th homicide of the year - in an East Baltimore shooting that left another man wounded, police said.

Officers responding to gunshots in the 3300 block of Noble St. about 1:20 a.m. found Vaughn Daniels lying in the street. Daniels, of the 4800 block of Dromoland Court, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.

At about the same time, Mark H. Curbeam of the 5400 block of Seward Ave. arrived at Hopkins with a gunshot wound in his right arm, apparently from the same incident, police said. He was treated and released about 3:30 a.m., a hospital official said.

E. Baltimore heroin ring broken up, authorities say

Federal and local authorities said they have broken up a large East Baltimore heroin ring with ties to New York, arresting eight people on narcotics distribution charges yesterday and seizing more than a dozen guns.

Authorities said they have seized about 1,700 grams of high-grade heroin, which they valued at $1.7 million, since beginning the undercover operation in January. Police seized 17 weapons, mostly rifles and handguns, and $60,000 in cash during a series of searches yesterday, Baltimore police said.

Seventeen people - including those arrested yesterday and a New York man arrested last month - were indicted by a Baltimore grand jury on narcotics trafficking and conspiracy charges. Baltimore County police officers and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents also participated in the operation.

Suspect in killing May 2 arrested by housing police

A man charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in a May 2 shooting in West Baltimore was arrested yesterday by Housing Authority Police.

City police said two Housing Authority Police officers were patrolling in the 800 block of W. Fayette St. about 7 p.m. when they saw Lavar Ozee Steels, 24, and arrested him. Steels, of the 800 block of W. Lexington St., was being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center, pending a bail review hearing today in District Court.

Robert Jackson, 23, of the 1900 block of Druid Hill Ave. was shot in the 800 block of Vine St. and died a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

In Baltimore County

Baltimore man charged in strangling of wife in '83

TOWSON - Baltimore County police arrested a 43-year-old East Baltimore man yesterday and charged him with first-degree murder in the strangling of his estranged wife in 1983.

Burnest Bush Jr. of the 800 block of Bonaparte Ave. is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center without bail. Erin Bush was strangled in her apartment in the 900 block of Ashbridge Drive in Essex. She was 24.

Detectives interviewed Bush after his wife's death, and he disappeared a short time later. When detectives found him and interviewed him again in January, he gave them a different alibi, police said.

Girl, 10, critically injured falling off ice cream truck

ESSEX - A 10-year-old girl was critically injured yesterday when she fell off the back of an ice cream truck in the first block of Mars Road in the Kingsley Park neighborhood, police said.

Officer Derek Bowser, of the crash investigation team, said Francine Evans of the first block of Mars Road climbed onto the truck without the driver's knowledge while it was stopped at a playground about 4:15 p.m. and fell off as the truck drove away. He said the girl suffered head injuries and was in critical condition last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police identified the truck driver as Joseph Whetstone, 30, of Essex. Bowser said the incident was being reviewed by the county prosecutor's office.

Bank senior vice president to lead United Way drive

TOWSON - Mark S. Furst, senior vice president and a regional executive for Allfirst Bank's central region, will serve as chairman of the United Way of Central Maryland's community campaign in Baltimore County.

Furst is organizing volunteers who will lead this year's campaign, which begins Sept. 4. Last year, county residents contributed $570,000 to the campaign.

Meeting on special education is scheduled Monday evening

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Citizens Advisory Committee for Special Education will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at school system headquarters, 6901 Charles St.

Board of Education President Donald L. Arnold will meet with the group to discuss issues related to special education. About 13,000 students in the school system are enrolled in special education classes. Information: 410-377-8936.

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