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November 06, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Fire hydrant blamed for leak in tunnel; trains back on track

A water leak in the Howard Street rail tunnel ended after city public works crews shut off a leaky fire hydrant early yesterday, and freight trains are moving through the busy 106-year-old tunnel.

"It's dry in there," said Kurt L. Kocher, a spokesman for the Department of Public Works. Kocher said a leaking hydrant at Franklin and Howard streets apparently caused an underground vault to flood, sending water into the tunnel below.

As a precaution, CSX Corp. - which halted trains for three hours Sunday - inspected the tracks hourly yesterday and lowered the top speed of trains from 20 mph to 10 mph, said spokesman Robert L. Gould.

Man who survived killings pleads guilty to murder

The man who survived the 1999 killings of five women in the basement of a Northwest Baltimore rowhouse pleaded guilty to murder yesterday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Ronald Lee McNeil, 38, of the 3500 block of Elmley Ave. was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Chris Manning, 22, in January 2000. A witness told detectives the killing was retaliation for the deaths of the five women, who included McNeil's mother, sister and niece.

McNeil pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and to a handgun crime. Baltimore Circuit Judge Thomas E. Noel sentenced him to 30 years in prison, with 10 years suspended.

Three men have been convicted in the Elmley Avenue killings. The trial of a fourth, Tariq Malik, 21, was supposed to begin yesterday but was postponed until a courtroom becomes free.

Man involved in standoff with police is hospitalized

A Northeast Baltimore man was hospitalized for mental evaluation yesterday after an overnight confrontation in which he exchanged gunfire with police.

The man had barricaded himself and his family in their home in the 1200 block of Rossiter Ave., where police were called about 10 p.m. Sunday after he had threatened suicide, authorities said.

A shot he fired when police arrived at the door hit an officer's protective shield, and police returned fire. A seven-hour standoff ensued, and the man surrendered about 5 a.m. yesterday, police said. A neighbor was treated for a minor injury related to the gunfire, but the exact cause was unclear last night.

In Baltimore County

Man shot in struggle during holdup attempt

PIKESVILLE - The manager of a Pikesville gas station was shot yesterday when he struggled with a gunman trying to steal the station's bank deposit, police said.

Mohammed Shaki, 34, manager of the Pikesville Crown gas station in the 1500 block of Reisterstown Road, was walking to a nearby bank about noon when the gunman approached and demanded the money, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman. Toohey said Shaki refused to give up the money and struggled with the man, whose gun discharged, striking Shaki in the leg.

Shaki was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was treated and released. The gunman, who did not get the money, forced his way into a nearby car after the shooting and made the driver take him about a block, where he fled. Police were searching for him last night.

Three county senior centers to serve Thanksgiving dinner

TOWSON - Three senior centers will serve Thanksgiving dinner at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 22.

The centers are: Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Ave., Dundalk, 410-887-7233; Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Ave., Towson, 410-887-3094; and Liberty Senior Center, 3525 Resource Drive, Randallstown, 410-887-0780.

Reservations are required by Nov. 16. Donations are requested from diners age 60 and older. Diners younger than age 60 must pay full cost.

Police precinct, gun hot line are stars of cable TV show

TOWSON - Baltimore County's Garrison police precinct and a new hot line for people to report illegal guns are featured on the new edition of Police Report, the county cable television program.

The show, which will air through Dec. 7 on county Comcast Channel 25, also features an update on crime trends.

Viewing times are 8:30 p.m. Monday, 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Friday.

Basic sign language classes offered beginning Nov. 13

TOWSON - Classes in basic sign language will be offered by the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks starting Nov. 13.

The classes, for adults and children age 6 and older, will meet from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays for five weeks at Loch Raven Recreation Center, 1801 Glen Keith Road.

Registration deadline is Friday. Information: 410-887-5370 (voice) and 410-887-5319 (TT/deaf).

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