In Baltimore County Appeals court upholds man's...


February 08, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Appeals court upholds man's conviction in killing

ANNAPOLIS -- The state's highest court affirmed yesterday the first-degree murder conviction of Wesley Eugene Baker, an East Baltimore man sentenced to die in 1992 for robbing and shooting a 49-year-old grandmother at Westview Mall.

Baker was convicted by a jury in Harford County Circuit Court of taking Jane Tyson's purse and shooting her in front of two of her grandchildren June 6, 1991. The trial was moved to Harford from Baltimore County at Baker's request.

The Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Baker was sufficiently informed of the charges when he was indicted and that he voluntarily waived his right to be sentenced by a jury before being sentenced by Harford County Circuit Judge Cypert O. Whitfill.

Red Cross to honor men who saved toddler

RANDALLSTOWN -- The Central Maryland chapter of the American Red Cross will award its Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action today to two automobile salesmen who saved the life of a small child.

Harry Stephens and John Orofino will be recognized for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a toddler who stopped breathing while with her parents at the Antwerpen Dodge dealership on Liberty Road on Jan. 6. The two performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

Cummings to speak at Towson University

TOWSON -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will be the featured speaker at a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at noon Monday at Towson University.

Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, will discuss "Civic Responsibility, Justice and Political Activism."

His speech in the University Union's Potomac Lounge is free and open to the public.

In Baltimore City

TV station executive, pastor to be honored

The vice president and general manager of WMAR-TV and a city church pastor will receive community service awards tomorrow at the Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association's 20th Annual Carver-Washington Scholarship Awards Breakfast at The Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave.

Organizers said the awards -- being presented this year to Drew Berry of WMAR and the Rev. Peggy E. Wall of Emanuel Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church -- are given to those whose community work reflects the ideals of Tuskegee University founder Booker T. Washington and Tuskegee scientist George Washington Carver.

This year's theme is "Shaping the Future Through Living Legacies." The event is a fund-raiser benefiting area students attending Tuskegee. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, will deliver the keynote address. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon.

Information: 410-951-3816.

Four people charged in Eldersburg robbery

Two men and two women from Baltimore were in a Carroll County jail yesterday, charged with robbing a dry cleaning business in Eldersburg on Wednesday afternoon, state police reported.

In the 2 p.m. holdup, a man in a hooded sweat shirt pulled a handgun from his waistband and demanded money from the owner of Enchanted Cleaners, police said.

An employee saw the robber get into a gold 2002 Ford Taurus, and drove his car to follow the getaway car -- keeping his distance and communicating by cell phone with his employer and the police. About 10 minutes after the robbery and five miles away, police stopped the car, arrested the four suspects and seized $570 and three BB guns that looked like semiautomatic pistols, according to charging documents.

Arrested on mutiple charges were Roderick Parham Burnett, 18, of the 1600 block of E. 25th St.; Tammy Lisa Brown, 27, of the 800 block of Cooks Lane; Danna Denise Brodie, 30, of the 4400 block of Old Frederick Road; and Keith Tyrone Crosby Jr., 16, of the 4500 block of Old Frederick.

Streets closed, no parking for lunar new year parade

Several downtown streets will be closed and parking restrictions in effect Sunday afternoon for the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade, the city Office of Transportation announced yesterday.

Monument and Madison streets from Cathedral Street to Howard Street and Park Avenue from Centre Street to Eager Street will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parking on the closed sections will be prohibited.

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