Police arrest two men charged in first-degree murder cases

November 02, 2001|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County police said yesterday that they have arrested a Northpoint man suspected of strangling his 80-year-old grandfather and a Glen Burnie resident accused of smothering a woman during a burglary at her home.

Jason Harry Gorge, 22, of the 4000 block of St. Augustine Lane in Northpoint was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the death of Harry Gorge.

Police were called to Harry Gorge's house in the 7600 block of Old Battle Grove Road in Dundalk on Tuesday and found that he had been asphyxiated.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's Maryland section about the killing of Irene Edith Ebberts incorrectly stated that Baltimore County police initially thought she died of natural causes. In fact, police were uncertain how she died. The Sun regrets the error.

The same day, officers from the Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department in Pennsylvania were called to a domestic disturbance at a restaurant in Fogelsville. Officers found Jason Gorge covered in blood carrying a large knife. Police said Gorge stabbed himself in the chest before he was subdued.

Police said Baltimore County homicide detectives traveled to Pennsylvania on Tuesday and obtained evidence tying Gorge to his grandfather's death.

Gorge is being held in lieu of $1 million bail under police guard at a hospital in Lehigh County, Pa.

In the other case, Wesley Allen Rollins, 54, whose last known address was in the 100 block of Allen Road in Glen Burnie, was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday at the Baltimore County Detention Center, where he was being held on a burglary charge.

He is being held without bail.

Rollins is charged with smothering Irene Edith Ebberts with a pillow during a burglary at her home in the 700 block of Dorchester Road in Catonsville on Oct. 16.

Police initially thought Ebberts died of natural causes, but the state medical examiner ruled her death a homicide Monday.

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