In Baltimore City 2 juvenile prisoners escape from van...

City/County Digest

October 19, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

2 juvenile prisoners escape from van outside courthouse

For the second time in two weeks, juvenile prisoners have escaped from Charles H. Hickey Jr. School employees taking them between the Cub Hill detention facility and the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse in Baltimore.

Two boys fled about 9:15 a.m. from a van outside the courthouse carrying four other teen-agers, authorities said. Their names were not divulged, but a Hickey employee said one, age 16, was being held for armed robbery and auto theft, and the other, 17, for drug possession and a probation violation.

Laura Townsend, a spokeswoman for the state's Department of Juvenile Justice, said the youths were shackled at the ankles and their wrists were bound when they left Hickey. "There was some indication that they may have managed to get their leg shackles off," she said.

Two other youths, ages 15 and 17, remain free after an escape Oct. 6, in which they and a third prisoner overpowered the driver taking them to court and ran off. Hickey, a state institution, is run by a subsidiary of a private company, Correctional Services Corp. of Sarasota, Fla.

20-year-old charged in death of man in van

City police have arrested a 20-year-old man in the fatal shooting of a man found Tuesday in a van abandoned after a crash in Southwest Baltimore -- tracking down the suspect through the car-rental agency that owned it.

Gregory K. Thomas of the 4200 block of Thayer Court was charged with first-degree murder and handgun violations in the death of Darryl Dennis, 31, of the 300 block of S. Catherine St. Detective Bobby Patton said two men forced Dennis into a van about 7:30 p.m. in Southwest Baltimore, then fled after the vehicle was involved in an accident in the 100 block of S. Warwick Ave.

Police found Dennis dead in the van from gunshot wounds. Patton said detectives traced the van to a rental agency and arrested Thomas on Wednesday when he showed up there to report the vehicle stolen. The other man was being sought.

In Baltimore County

Jeep Cherokee sought in connection with killing

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are seeking the public's help in finding a late-model Jeep Cherokee that sped from the scene of a killing in Milford Mill this month.

Jesse Edward Williams was fatally shot in his car near his home in the 8200 block of Courtland Manor Road about 7 a.m. Oct. 2. Police say witnesses told them the Jeep -- a silver- or champagne-colored 1994-1999 model with gold accents on the trim and wheels -- left the scene about the time of the killing.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call 410-887-2198.

Lupus seminar scheduled tomorrow at Sheppard Pratt

TOWSON -- "Living with Lupus: Picking Up the Pieces" is the subject of a seminar tomorrow at Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St.

The seminar, sponsored by the Maryland Lupus Foundation, will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. The cost is $18 for members, $22 for nonmembers. The fee covers lunch and educational materials.

Information: 800-777-0934.

Volunteer gardeners sought at library branch tomorrow

WOODLAWN -- Gwynns Falls Watershed Association will garden from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Woodlawn library.

Volunteers can help plant a garden around the library's new sign or maintain a garden that the association planted. Refreshments, gloves and shovels will be provided.

The library is at 1811 Woodlawn Drive. Information: 410-766-9445 or 410-277-0900.

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