In Baltimore City Condition of boy, 9, stabbed at home...

City/County Digest

September 04, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Condition of boy, 9, stabbed at home upgraded to serious

The condition of a 9-year-old boy who was stabbed in his Highlandtown home Sunday improved from critical to serious yesterday, said a spokeswoman at Johns Hopkins Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

His mother, Carol Karaberis, marked her 38th birthday in jail yesterday after being charged with attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, child abuse and possession of a deadly weapon in the incident that occurred just after noon Sunday, police said.

FOR THE RECORD - The headline on a City/County Digest item in yesterday's Maryland section about crimes committed against an Essex woman and her male companion incorrectly said that she was raped. She was sexually assaulted, police said, and two suspects were charged with third- and fourth-degree sex offenses.
An item in the City/County Digest in yesterday's Maryland section about the invasion of a Charles Village house incorrectly reported that the former girlfriend of one of the suspects owns the house in the 2600 block of Guilford Ave.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Witnesses told police that Karaberis, who they said has a history of mental illness, trapped her son, Stewart Kopczenski, in a second-floor bedroom of their home in the 3600 block of Mount Pleasant Ave. and attacked him with a steak knife. He was stabbed in the back, chest and stomach. The boy was rescued by his 15-year-old brother and brought to the sidewalk where police found him.

Two girls shot outside southwest rowhouse

Two 10-year-old girls were shot outside a rowhouse in the 300 block of Furrow Ave. in Southwest Baltimore about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, police said.

The girls were standing on the sidewalk with a group of people when the shooter ran from a nearby alley and opened fire, a police spokesman said. Neither of the girls was seriously injured. One was shot in the right leg below the knee. A bullet grazed the upper left leg of the other girl. Both were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said they believed the incident stemmed from a neighborhood dispute and the girls were not the intended targets. Police are looking for the shooter, a spokesman said.

Woman raped, man robbed by men posing as police

An 18-year-old Essex woman was sexually assaulted and her 19-year-old male companion robbed early yesterday after they were kidnapped from the 300 block of Addison St. by two men posing as police officers.

Police said the men approached the pair as they were walking about 3:40 a.m. and told them they were police officers investigating a theft. They handcuffed the victims together and forced them into the backseat of a Honda Accord. They took the victims to Carroll Park, where police said the men sexually assaulted the woman and robbed the man of $40.

Police said they were interviewing the victims about the incident when the suspects' vehicle drove by. Robert J. Coffman, 26, of the 1300 block of James St. and Joseph K. Yarbor, 29, of the 700 block of Aldworth Road in Dundalk were charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, robbery, impersonating a police officer and other offenses.

Two charged in invasion of Charles Village house

Two men were arrested yesterday morning and charged in the invasion of a Charles Village house in the 2600 block of Guilford Ave. in which six people, including three young boys, were held at gunpoint, police said.

Police said Derrick Williams, 20, of the 400 block of N. Clinton St. and Victor Fletcher, 23, of the 1200 block of Rossiter Ave. were charged with multiple counts of first- and second-degree assault, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, breaking and entering, and gun violations.

Officers responded to a call of a home invasion about 6:20 a.m. and found the residents -- two women, a man and three boys ages 7, 8 and 11 -- inside. One of the boys had a gun pressed to his forehead. Police said Williams apparently feared his 21-year-old former girlfriend, owner of the house, planned to leave the state with their 8-month-old son.

Traffic-signal safety initiative begins this week

With schools reopening today, city officials have issued a reminder for motorists to pay attention to safety -- particularly at traffic signals.

Sunday was the start of "Stop Red Light Running Week," a national initiative being promoted by Baltimore's Department of Public Works. Red-light running is the leading cause of death in city crashes, according to the department.

George L. Winfield, director of public works, also reminded drivers that 34 red-light cameras have been installed around the city, and violators can be given a $75 fine.

In Baltimore County

Parkville fair planned Sunday on Harford Road

PARKVILLE -- The 18th annual Parkville Town Centre Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on Harford Road, from Taylor Avenue north to Dubois Avenue.

The fair will feature live music, food, crafts and a dunking booth where local politicians and others will be dunked for charity. Proceeds from the dunking booth will go to the Maryland School for the Blind, the Little People's Research Fund and the Parkville High School music department.

Information: 410-665-6990.

Department of Aging seeks program volunteers

TIMONIUM -- The Baltimore County Department of Aging is seeking volunteers for its Home Team Program, which helps senior citizens.

The next training session for volunteers will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at Mercy Ridge, 2525 Pot Spring Road. Reservations are requested.

Information: 410-887-4141.

Nature center needs volunteers for outreach

STEVENSON -- Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., seeks adult volunteers for its urban environmental outreach program, Natural Connections.

Training for volunteers will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 at the center. Information and registration: 410-484-2413.

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