In Baltimore City Virginia man, 28, hospitalized after...

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September 09, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Virginia man, 28, hospitalized after Inner Harbor shooting

City police are investigating a shooting near the Inner Harbor Friday night that left a Virginia man hospitalized with four bullet wounds.

Calvin Kenneth Harris, 28, remained in serious condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries to his lower body.

Harris, of Newport News, Va., was shot about 9:30 p.m. while driving a 1993 Chevy van south through the intersection of South and Lombard streets. Witnesses told police the driver of a sport utility vehicle got out and fired through Harris' half-open window. Police, who are searching for the gunman, do not believe the shooting was random, according to department spokesman Kevin Enright.

Environmental unit charges two with illegal dumping

Two men authorities say were unloading a van full of trash in the 100 block of E. Preston St. were charged Friday night with illegal dumping by officers from the city's environmental crimes unit.

Responding to a call, police saw two men dumping trash, clothes, plastic and exercise equipment out of their white Ford van shortly before dusk, police said. Booker Macklin, 60, of Owings Mills and David Thompson, 24, of Fredericksburg, Va., were arrested.

"The investigation will continue as to who they work for," Baltimore police spokesman Kevin Enright said. "They indicated to the officers that they do this all the time." The officers were part of a recently formed environmental crimes unit - part of Mayor Martin O'Malley effort to clean up dumping areas in the city.

East-side man dies in crash on Russell Street ramp

An East Baltimore man died early Saturday when the car he was in veered out of control on the ramp connecting southbound Martin Luther King Boulevard and Russell Street, police said.

Police said a four-door BMW driven by Darryl Jermaine Gaskins, 24, of Marriottsville crashed into a pole and tumbled side over side at about 2:30 a.m. Bernell Keith Gunn, 22, sitting in the back seat, died in the crash, and passenger Irvin Brown, 17, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released.

Gaskins and a third passenger, Stephen Parker, Jr., 22, left the scene before medical personnel arrived, but later showed up at central district headquarters to turn themselves in, police said. The state's attorney's office will decide whether to press charges against them, police said.

Man gets year in prison for obstructing oil spill probe

A 49-year-old Owings Mills man was sentenced Friday to a year in prison and ordered to pay a $30,000 fine for obstructing a federal investigation into a 1996 oil spill in Baltimore's sewer system.

Howard J. Goldstein had pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to obstructing justice by removing or destroying documents subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating allegations that A&A Waste Oil Co. was responsible for discharging about 10,000 gallons of oil into the city sewer system. Goldstein was the company's principal owner and a corporate officer.

As part of his plea agreement, Goldstein paid $36,130 to the Baltimore public works department - the amount the city paid A&A in 1996 to clean up oil discharged into its sewer system.

Men get prison for trying to ship camera to Pakistan

Two men who attempted to illegally ship a sophisticated surveillance camera to Pakistan were sentenced to prison terms of at least two years.

Tauquir Khan, 36, a Pakistani citizen who was enrolled at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 30 months in prison and two years of supervised release. Khan, who was in the United States on a student visa, will likely be deported to Pakistan after his prison sentence is completed.

His brother, Tanzeem Khan, 34, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Pakistan, received a sentence of 24 months in prison followed by two years' supervised release. The men had pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act. In Carroll County

Man charged with molesting friend's 2-year-old daughter

WESTMINSTER - A 23-year- old Reisterstown man has been charged with sexually molesting the 2-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, Maryland State Police said.

Kishawn Lee Ward of the 400 block of Shirley Manor Drive in Reisterstown was arrested Friday by the Carroll County Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit on charges of sodomizing the girl during Labor Day weekend, police said. The arrest occurred after interviews with people who have had recent contact with the girl, police said.

Ward was charged with sexual child abuse, sodomy and second-degree assault. He is being held in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

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