In Baltimore City Man convicted in killings of 5 gets...


January 15, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Man convicted in killings of 5 gets life without parole

Tariq A. Malik, 22, was sentenced to life in prison without parole yesterday for the 1999 murders of five women in a Northeast Baltimore rowhouse, the city's worst mass killing in more than a decade.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Joseph P. McCurdy Jr. handed Malik five consecutive life sentences -- the same punishment three of his co-defendants received in September. Malik was found guilty of five counts of first-degree murder, two of armed robbery, kidnapping, and handgun violations.

In June, the men were convicted of forcing their way into the Elmley Avenue house of Mary McNeil Matthews, 39, in December 1999, and fatally shooting her, her mother, Mary Helen Collien, 56; Matthews' daughter, Makisha Jenkins, 18; and two family friends who were cousins by marriage, Levanna Spearman, 23, and Trennell Alston, 26.

Free flu shots offered Thursday at Gaddy center

Free flu shots will be offered from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bea Gaddy Family & Children's Center, 140 N. Collington Ave.

The immunization clinic, which is open to the public, is sponsored by Bea Gaddy Family Centers Inc. and Passport Health.

Information: Sandra E. Briggs, 410-563-2749.

Latino outreach group to hold Spanish classes

Education-Based Latino Outreach, a community-focused nonprofit organization in Fells Point, will offer classes in beginning Spanish starting today.

EBLO, which has held English classes for Spanish speakers for years, also offers educational and cultural programs and projects for Baltimore-area Hispanics. The group's founder, Jose Ruiz, is the Hispanic liaison to the mayor's office.

The classes will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 606 S. Ann St. -- formerly an Enoch Pratt Free Library branch. Each lesson is $15. Information: 410-563-3160 or

In Baltimore County

Public meeting set tonight on Loch Raven Dam plans

TOWSON -- A public meeting will be held at 7 o'clock tonight at Loch Raven High School, Cowpens Avenue at Cromwell Bridge Road, on proposed renovations of Loch Raven Dam.

Baltimore Department of Public Works officials said they have selected construction traffic routes for the $35 million project.

The 89-year-old dam, which is owned and maintained by the city, must be repaired to meet federal safety guidelines. Tonight's presentation will include preliminary plans to form a citizen advisory committee to provide a forum for public comment and construction updates. Information: 410-545- 6541.

Two men who robbed Fullerton bank sought

FULLERTON -- Baltimore County police are looking for two men who robbed a bank on Belair Road yesterday afternoon.

Police said a man entered Fullerton Federal Savings Association in the 7500 block of Belair Road about 12:20 p.m. and handed a note to a teller demanding money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the man ran outside where a second man was waiting in a car.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call county police at 410-887-2198.

Teen escapes from van en route to Hickey School

CUB HILL -- A teen-ager escaped from a transportation van yesterday as he was being returned to the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School for juvenile offenders from an appearance at Baltimore's Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse, officials said.

Lee Towers, a spokesman for the Department of Juvenile Justice, said the youth escaped from the rear of the van about 3:10 p.m. at Old Harford Road and Putty Hill Avenue, a short distance from Hickey.

Towers said he did not know if other offenders were in the van or how the youth managed to escape. There was also no information available on the teen's age or whether he is considered to be violent.

Two Democratic candidates to appear at council forum

WOODLAWN -- Woodlawn Community Council is sponsoring a forum with two Democratic political candidates at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Woodlawn High School.

James T. Smith Jr., a retired Baltimore County Circuit Court judge who is running for county executive, and Kenneth N. Oliver, chairman of the county Planning Board who hopes to become the first African-American member of the County Council, will attend.

The school is at 1801 Woodlawn Drive.

Kamenetz seeks applicants for disabilities commission

TOWSON -- Councilman Kevin Kamenetz is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities.

Applicants must live in the 2nd Councilmanic District, be legally disabled and be able to attend meetings during the day. This is a volunteer position.

The commission recommends programs and legislation to help the disabled. It also reviews legislation that would affect those with disabilities. Applicants should send their resume to Kamenetz at 400 Washington Ave., Towson 21204.

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