In Baltimore County
Police identify man killed in apartment in Owings Mills
TOWSON -- Baltimore County police identified yesterday a man fatally shot Tuesday night in Owings Mills.
Dimas Rodriguez, 20, of the 9400 block of Owings Heights Circle was shot in the upper body about 8:45 p.m., police said. Police are looking for two men who forced their way into Rodriguez's ground-level terrace apartment in the New Town development and shot Rodriguez during a confrontation. Police believe robbery was the motive.
FOR THE RECORD - An article in the City/County Digest of the Maryland section yesterday incorrectly reported which government entity approved hiring a consultant to study the overhaul of Baltimore's outdated circuit courthouses. The state Board of Public Works, not the city Department of Public Works, approved spending $375,000 for the study of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse and Courthouse East. The Sun regrets the error.
Anyone with information is asked to call county police, 410- 887-2198.
Woodlawn man charged in robbery of bank
TOWSON -- Baltimore County police have charged a 37-year-old Woodlawn man in the robbery of a Reisterstown bank Tuesday.
Allen Jackson Painter of the 6700 block of Townbrook Drive was charged with armed robbery and a handgun violation, police said. Painter is accused of robbing the Farmers and Merchants Bank in the 15200 block of Hanover Pike and leading police on a chase down Interstate 795 before crashing his car near Security Boulevard.
A handgun and cash were recovered from the car, police said. Painter is being held at Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bail.
County man, 81, killed in collision in Jessup
JESSUP -- An 81-year-old Baltimore County man died yesterday morning after his vehicle crossed a concrete median strip at U.S. 1 and Route 175 and crashed head-on into a tractor trailer.
Milton Harding Stoler of the 7800 block of Nashua Circle was traveling south on U.S. 1 about 9:50 a.m. when his 1995 Buick Century struck a 1998 International Road Tractor stopped in the northbound left-hand turn lane.
Stoler was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, Michael Lehr, 45, of New Oxford, Pa., was not injured.
In Baltimore City
City approves $375,000 for courthouse analysis
The city Department of Public Works approved spending $375,000 yesterday for a contractor to analyze Baltimore's outdated circuit courthouses, which is expected to lead to an overhaul of the buildings.
It will take Baltimore-based consultant firm Richter Cornbrooks Gribble Inc. an estimated six months to complete the analysis of the 102-year-old Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse and 65-year-old Courthouse East.
The courthouses, often criticized by employees who say the buildings make them sick, could be restored, expanded or demolished. An inspection of the buildings last year found that they need $3.5 million in design and construction work to correct "critical" problems such as inadequate space and faulty elevators.
Man charged in killing is arrested at motel
A man charged by city police with first-degree murder in the shooting of a man during a dispute in a Baltimore home last month was arrested yesterday afternoon while taking a shower in a room at a Towson-area motel, authorities reported.
Lt. Jay Fisher of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force said officers with an arrest warrant used a key at 1 p.m. to enter the room at Welcome Inn Motel & Apartments on Loch Bend Drive, and arrested the suspect, 24-year-old Dezai Williams, without incident.
Fisher said Williams is accused of killing Bell "Belt" Belton, 55, during an argument Jan. 25 in the victim's home in the 600 block of Dumbarton Ave. in the Pen Lucy neighborhood. He was being held without bail last night at Central Booking and Intake Center.
For donation, patrons can get haircut, massage
Brocato's Studio of Hair at 2400 Boston St. will hold its fifth "Hair Helping Hopkins" charity event from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, with all proceeds benefiting the Johns Hopkins Children Center.
For a donation of $20, patrons receive a haircut by a stylist or, for $10, a 10-minute seated massage from a certified massage therapist. Refreshments, prizes and entertainment by a barbershop quartet will be featured.
Catholic Charities USA chief to address ministry
The president of Catholic Charities USA will be keynote speaker at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development's 23rd annual Social Ministry Convocation on Saturday in Baltimore.
The Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, who also is a faculty member at Harvard Divinity School, will discuss Catholic social teaching at the convocation, which will begin at 9 a.m. at Seton Keough High School, 1201 S. Caton Ave.
Those interested in attending may register at the door between 8:15 a.m. and 9 a.m. for $8. Those who preregister will receive a free lunch. Information: 410-261-6782.