In Baltimore City Body of man from Charles Village...

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October 17, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Body of man from Charles Village found in harbor

The body of a legally blind Charles Village man was found yesterday floating in the Inner Harbor, three days after he was last reported seen alive, police said.

The body of Horace Gwaltney, 57, a resident of Wyman House Apartments in the 100 block of W. 29th St., was spotted in the water about 9:30 a.m. by a worker installing a satellite dish on the side of the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in the 700 block of Aliceanna St. overlooking the harbor. The man used a long pole to secure the body alongside a footbridge between the hotel and Pier 6 before calling police.

Police said a relative reported that Gwaltney was last known to have been seen Saturday at Central Avenue and Pratt Street. Police were awaiting results of an autopsy by the state medical examiner's office.

Four men in drug ring get prison sentences

Four Baltimore men identified as members of a violent East Baltimore cocaine organization with links to a Colombian cartel have been sentenced in Baltimore Circuit Court. Police investigated the drug ring for six months, using wiretaps to record thousands of conversations between members.

William Downing, 25, of the 200 block of N. Silver Court was convicted of conspiracy to distribute drugs and sentenced yesterday to 20 years with six years suspended.

On Monday, 30-year-old twin brothers Derrick and Eric Berry of the 1900 block of N. Washington St. and Eric Buckson, 31, of the 5900 block of St. Regis Road were sentenced. Buckson received a term of 40 years without parole; Derrick Berry was sentenced to 25 years without parole; and Eric Berry was sentenced to 20 years with 10 years suspended.

Man found fatally shot in a car in Hollins-Payson

A man was found shot to death yesterday evening in a car parked on a street in the Hollins-Payson community.

Southwestern District police officers responding to a report of shots fired in the 2100 block of Hollins St. shortly after 7:30 p.m. found the victim, who had been shot at least once while seated in the car. He was pronounced dead by Fire Department paramedics.

Police said the body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and confirmation of the victim's identity. Police said they had no suspect and knew of no motive, and they asked anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective Bobby Patton at 410-396-2100.

Man charged with stealing luggage at BWI Airport

A southern Baltimore man was arrested and charged with stealing luggage from Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Maryland Transportation Authority police said yesterday.

Police arrested Timothy Michael Loose, 34, of the 600 block of Fort Ave. and charged him with two counts of misdemeanor theft in the theft of two suitcases from the Southwest baggage claim area late Monday.

Cpl. Gregory Prioleau said transportation authority police were continuing their investigation. Loose was being held at the Anne Arundel County detention center yesterday in lieu of $5,500 bail.

In Baltimore County

Essex man charged in 1-month-old son's death

TOWSON - A 24-year-old Essex man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 1-month-old son, police said yesterday.

Victor Julio Pulido of the 1300 block of Sugarwood Circle was arrested Monday night and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center without bail.

Police were called to Pulido's home Oct. 10 for a report of an infant in cardiac arrest. The baby was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died Sunday. According to court documents, the infant suffered from a fractured skull and other head injuries.

Police searching for man accused of robbing 9 stores

TOWSON - Baltimore County police are searching for a man wanted in robberies at nine stores in the past six weeks.

Police said the man has been targeting grocery stores, pharmacies, pizza shops and discount stores in the Garrison precinct since Sept. 5. In all cases, the man displays a handgun or a note and demands cash. Police say he is becoming increasingly aggressive.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-887-2198.

Czech, Slovak association schedules festival Sunday

PARKVILLE - The Czech and Slovak Heritage Association of Maryland will present its 15th annual festival from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The festival - at Baltimore 45 Association Hall, 2501 Putty Hill Ave. - will feature food, music, dancers, exhibits and crafts. Admission is $5.

Information: 410-667-1035.

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