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February 19, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Police arrest man accused of setting fire where body found

A Morrell Park man has been charged with first-degree arson in a blaze Feb. 10 in a Mount Clare rowhouse, where firefighters found the body of an unidentified man.

Police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Daniels said Michael Toscos, 36, of the 1600 block of Sexton St. was arrested yesterday and was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail in the fire in the vacant house in the 1800 block of Wilkens Ave.

Daniels said police did not know the cause of death of the man found in the house, and the case has not been classified as a homicide.

Police Detective Robert Brown, an arson investigator, said several vacant houses have burned in the Mount Clare area in recent weeks.

3 in house rescued after car crashes into it

A car slammed through the wall of a brick rowhouse in the 100 block of S. Calhoun St. last night, rupturing a gas line and forcing the rescue of three occupants from a basement apartment as a small fire broke out.

Ronald Smith, 39, said he was sleeping in a bed against the basement wall when the Chevrolet Monte Carlo slammed in, burying him in a shower of bricks and plaster with the chassis suspended over his head. He said he dug his way out of bed, then helped his wife, Mary Wildberger, 42, from under debris on a couch. A third occupant, Robert Sollars, 72, was in the rear of the apartment when the car struck.

Witnesses said a neighbor and a city police officer entered the apartment from the rear and helped the occupants get to safety. Only Smith was injured. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

One of the men in the car, which had Minnesota tags, was arrested. The other was injured and taken to a hospital, fire officials said.

3 police officers injured in pursuit of stolen vehicle

Three city police officers were injured in a collision of two patrol cars yesterday in the 4400 block of Harford Road as they responded to a call about three juveniles in a stolen vehicle.

A police spokesman, Sgt. Kevin Daniels, said the incident began about 10:50 a.m. when officers from the auto theft squad began chasing the suspects - a 16-year-old and two 11-year-olds who had jumped from a stolen car.

Officers in the marked patrol cars involved in the collision - a Crown Victoria and a Jeep Cherokee - answered the call and were traveling on Harford Road, with sirens. The patrol officer driving the Jeep, whose name was not released, decided his help was not needed, made a U-turn, and the Jeep was struck by the Crown Victoria, the spokesman said.

Officer Lawrence Ben, 34, a seven-year veteran driving the Crown Victoria, was treated for neck and back injuries. His partner for the day, Officer Tuesday McLeod, 33, , suffered a minor head injury, and the officer driving the Jeep suffered hand, hip and knee injuries. The three youngsters were caught and charges are pending, Daniels said.

Special Olympics ice trials open to public today

Spectators are welcome today for the Baltimore City Special Olympics Ice Skating Trials from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro Family Skating Center, 200 S. Linwood Ave. in Patterson Park.

The event is co-sponsored by city public schools, with skaters from Baltimore public and private schools invited. Those who demonstrate skating ability will be invited to compete in the Baltimore City Ice Skating Tournament from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 8 at the Mount Pleasant arena, 6101 Hillen Road. Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 410-396-8904.

In Baltimore County

Man is accused of killing brother during argument

REISTERSTOWN - A man died in an argument at a home he shared with his brother and the brother is charged in the death, police said.

Willard Eugene Scram, 48, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his brother Joseph Scram, 44, police said. Police were called to the home on Shirley Manor Road about 1:45 p.m. Saturday for a cardiac arrest. Officers found Joseph Scram at the bottom of a stairwell, unconscious and not breathing.

He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died Sunday. Investigators believe the two argued and that Joseph Scram was pushed down the stairs. The elder Scram is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at Baltimore County Detention Center.

Garden plots available at County Home Park

COCKEYSVILLE - The county Department of Recreation and Parks and the Cockeysville Recreation Council have garden plots available at the 220-acre County Home Park for gardeners.

The plots, at the Community Gardens at the end of Gibbons Boulevard, measure 20 feet by 30 feet and are available on a first-come basis for a registration donation of $10.

Information: the Cockeysville Recreation Office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 410-887-7734.

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