In Baltimore County
3 boot camp escapees may have stolen car in Timonium
TIMONIUM - Three escapees from a state prison boot camp are thought to have stolen a car yesterday in Baltimore County, county and state police said.
A white 1995 Plymouth Neon was reported stolen about 9:45 a.m. by a woman who found in its place a brown 1984 Chevrolet Caprice, which police think the escapees carjacked Wednesday in Baltimore. The Caprice was found on Ridgely Road in Timonium, police said.
FOR THE RECORD - An article that appeared yesterday in some editions of The Sun incorrectly reported the Baltimore City Council's vote tally on a bill authorizing the city to spend $3 million on a downtown parking garage. The measure passed 12-4. The Sun regrets the error.
Police are searching for Phillip Schimminger, 24, and Gerard Shaffer, 29, both of Baltimore, and Matthew Gibalia, 19, of Johnstown, Pa. The men escaped Tuesday from Herman L. Toulson Boot Camp in Jessup.
Adopt a Family program seeks holiday benefactors
TOWSON - Baltimore County Department of Social Services is seeking individuals and groups to take part in its Adopt a Family program for the holidays.
Participants can donate ingredients for a meal, a food certificate or toys. The department also accepts money to buy food certificates or toys. Organizations can set up "giving trees" to collect toys for children whose families have not been adopted.
Boar's Head Consort concert scheduled at church Sunday
MONKTON - As part of its Music on the Hill concert series, Monkton United Methodist Church will feature the Boar's Head Consort for an afternoon of Celtic Christmas music at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The consort, headed by Jared Denhardt, a local Celtic harpist and bagpiper, also includes flute, violin and cello. A reception will follow the concert.
The church is at 1930 Monkton Road. Information: 410-472-9116.
In Baltimore City
Council OKs bill to spend Md. funds for parking garage
The City Council approved a measure last night authorizing the city to spend $3 million in state funds to build a downtown garage as part of an incentive package to keep CitiFinancial Corp. downtown.
The measure, which has been battled by community groups that contend the company profits from the poor, ran into legal problems three weeks ago and had to be redrafted. It passed last night with a 13-4 vote.
More than half the 519 spaces in the proposed 13-story garage, which would be owned and operated by the city at 210 St. Paul Place, have been promised to CitiFinancial. The company has been implicated in a federal predatory lending case.
Shootout last week leads to 2 arrests
Two men were arrested yesterday by city police on charges of attempted first-degree murder stemming from a shootout last week in West Baltimore in which two people, including one of the suspects, were injured, authorities said.
Detectives with the Warrant Apprehension Task Force arrested Dana C. Williams, 20, of the 1000 block of Druid Hill Ave. at his mother's house in the 1200 block of Myrtle Ave. Police said detectives found him holding a loaded clip for an AK-47 assault rifle that was a few steps away. They also found a .32-caliber revolver under a sofa and a .380 semiautomatic pistol in the kitchen, police said.
The other suspect, Nemone Carney, 22, who was shot in the stomach in the shootout Nov. 30, was arrested at his home in the 4700 block of Shamrock Ave. Police said they were seeking a third suspect, Leonard J. Dodd Jr., 24, of the 500 block of W. Preston St. Investigators say the shooting was linked to a robbery of Carney's younger brother.
Skull believed to belong to remains is found in pipe
A human skull believed to belong to skeletal remains found in a sanitary sewer pipe in Charles Village on Tuesday afternoon has been recovered, police said yesterday.
Sgt. Kevin Daniels, a police spokesman, said the skull was recovered from the same pipe near the 2600 block of N. Calvert St. late Tuesday or early Wednesday by city public works employees flushing out the sewer after the discovery of the partial skeleton.
Daniels said the gender - male - was determined by the state medical examiner's office, but that the identity and cause of death remain unknown.
Police identify man shot to death in East Baltimore
A man found shot to death early Wednesday in East Baltimore was identified yesterday by city police as Kenneth Alston, 20, of the 300 block of Brendan Ave.
Alston was hit several times by gunfire shortly after 2 a.m. His body was found by officers after police received two calls - one reporting shots in the area, the other for a wounded man behind the 2700 block of Ashland Ave.
Police said they had no suspects in the slaying and asked anyone with information to call Detective David Peckoo at 410-396-2100.