In Baltimore City Police investigate three unrelated...

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January 16, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Police investigate three unrelated homicides in city

A Woodlawn man was shot to death outside a West Baltimore restaurant last night as he tried to stop another man from stealing his car, city police said - the latest of three slayings in the city yesterday.

Police said Tifford Fields, 36, of the 7200 block of Stony Barr Road, was having dinner with his wife at Root's Unlimited Kitchen in the 2100 block of Vine St. about 7:45 p.m. when he stepped outside to check on his parked 1992 Lexus. He found a man sitting at the steering wheel, and was shot in the upper torso while trying to remove him, police said.

Earlier, a 25-year-old man was fatally shot after being chased by three men across a Southwest Baltimore intersection.

Police Sgt. Michael Lear of the homicide squad said witnesses saw the victim standing in the 1800 block of Frederick Ave. about 1:30 p.m. when the gunman and two unarmed men chased him across the intersection at Fulton Avenue - near the border of the Union Square, Franklin Square and West Pratt neighborhoods.

Kenya Davis, 25, whose address was not known, was shot in the arms, chest and head - at least one of the rounds was fired as he lay on the pavement - and died a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said, adding that they knew of no suspect or motive.

About 6:45 p.m., a man was standing in the 2500 block of E. Madison St. when he was shot at least twice in the chest, police said. The victim - whose name was not immediately available - was pronounced dead a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Fire captain injured battling Fells Point blaze

A city fire captain was burned yesterday evening battling a blaze in Fells Point that heavily damaged a two-story rowhouse and slightly damaged three others. Reported at 5:29 p.m., the fire was declared under control at 6 p.m., and its cause was under investigation.

Battalion Chief Reese Wingate said the two-alarm fire began on the second floor of a house in the 700 block of S. Bethel St., whose occupant, Demitris Spiliadis, was not home. He said at least four residents of the adjacent houses and another house in the 700 block of S. Bond St. - directly across an alley - were forced from their homes but were not hurt.

Wingate said Capt. William Stevens of Engine Company 5 was being treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for burns to his arms, back and shoulders.

In another two-alarm fire about 7 p.m., flames originating from the rear basement storage area of the Never On Sunday restaurant in the 800 block of N. Charles St. prompted the evacuation of about five tenants who were home in upper-floor apartments in the four-story building. Firefighters rescued and administered oxygen to a tabby cat rescued from a second-floor apartment, witnesses said.

Woman, 35, is charged in home-invasion robberies

A 35-year-old homeless woman has been arrested and charged with armed robbery in two home-invasion robberies Jan. 3 and 6 in North Baltimore, city police said yesterday. The suspect, Chevielle Morris, was being held yesterday on $500,000 bail.

The first robbery occurred in the 400 block of Bretton Place in Guilford, where an 86-year-old man - who had given money in the past - refused, and was slightly cut as a woman forced her way inside his door at knifepoint and stole $100 from his wallet. In the other, a robber forced her way into the home of a 27-year-old disabled woman in the 200 block of E. 25th St. and took about $50, police said.

Morris was identified by the victims from photo-lineups, and was spotted and arrested Sunday night in the 3500 block of Greenmount Ave. by Northern District Detectives Tom Wolf and Myrna Sexton, police said.

Deputy executive director is hired in housing agency

Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano has named a replacement for a top aide who died suddenly in July.

Lyle Schumann, 37, a former deputy executive director for the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, began work Monday. As deputy executive director for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, Schumann is part of an effort to reform the troubled agency. He earns $125,000.

Schumann worked in the private sector the past two years. He began public service as a senior housing management specialist with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and worked six years with the Minneapolis housing authority. He replaces Deborah L. Vincent, who died at age 43 of complications from leukemia treatment.

Activist, repeat candidate seeking public office again

He has run for president, governor, mayor and Congress, and lost handily each time. Yesterday, undaunted, underdog community activist A. Robert Kaufman re-entered the hunt.

Kaufman said he was running for the 7th District congressional seat of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat. Last on the ballot as a mayoral candidate in 1999, Kaufman has lost to Cummings before - in 1996.

The Democrat said he realizes he has no chance to defeat Cummings, whom he called "a very decent man." But as an ardent supporter of drug decriminalization, Kaufman said, he wants to challenge Cummings on the war on drugs.

In Baltimore County

4 people injured in crash on Route 702 in Essex

ESSEX - Four people were seriously injured in a three-car crash yesterday morning on Route 702, Maryland State Police said.

The accident occurred about 8 a.m. just east of Interstate 695 when a car traveling east crossed the grass median, crashing into two cars traveling west. Three people were ejected from their cars, police said.

The injured were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Robert Didonato, 20, and Gary E. Kmoch, 33, both of Baltimore, were listed in serious but stable condition. Kevin M. Matheny, 34, of Baltimore was in good condition and the fourth person, a woman whose name was not released, was in serious condition.

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