In Baltimore City Not-guilty plea is entered in fatal...

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March 06, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Not-guilty plea is entered in fatal carjacking

A Baltimore man charged in the deadly carjacking last summer of a Glen Burnie pharmacist pleaded not guilty to federal carjacking and weapons charges yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Jamal D. Barnes, 24, said little during a brief appearance yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gesner. He acknowledged that he understood the charges against him in the August killing of Yvette A. Beakes, 26, and that two counts against him could carry the death penalty.

A federal indictment alleges that Barnes set out the night of Aug. 8 to find a robbery target because he needed money to cover up an earlier crime, the cashing of a stolen $1,367 insurance check. Authorities said Barnes and three teen-agers kidnapped Beakes and withdrew money from her bank account and that Barnes fatally shot her.

The teens all have pleaded guilty in state court.

State Senator Della announces re-election bid

Sen. George W. Della Jr. announced his bid yesterday for re-election in the new 44th District, kicking off a campaign that is expected to be among the toughest battles in this year's legislative races.

Della, 58, whose 47th District was merged into the new 44th under the governor's redistricting plan, is expected in September to face Sen. Clarence M. Mitchell IV in the Democratic primary. And competition for the 44th District senatorial race could intensify if others eyeing the seat decide to run.

A member of the Senate since 1983, Della is depending on his experience and longevity to return him to Annapolis. "I take no greater pride than the fact that I have served my constituents honorably and with distinction," he said in a statement yesterday.

In Baltimore County

Woman, 23, abducted, raped after store robbery

TOWSON -- A 23-year-old Baltimore County woman was abducted and raped early yesterday after a robbery at the Woodlawn convenience store where she was working, police said.

The woman told Baltimore County police that a man came into the Xtramart Convenience store in the 1800 block of Woodlawn Drive about 5 a.m. He grabbed her, punched her in the face, then pulled out a machete and demanded money from the cash register. After taking the money, the man forced her outside and raped her.

She told police that her attacker, who was wearing a ski mask, then forced her into a car and drove her to another location on Woodlawn Drive, where she was raped repeatedly and again punched in the face. She said the man threatened to kill her with the machete.

The woman was taken to Mercy Medical Center with a broken nose and head injuries. Police are asking anyone with information call 410-307-2020.

Program today for teachers, parents on eating disorders

TIMONIUM -- Eating disorders and how to identify them will be the subjects of a program for parents and educators at 7:30 p.m. today at Ridgely Middle School, 121 Ridgely Road.

The program will be presented by Health Educators Linking Parents & Students. Information: 410- 308-1263.

Alarm reduction manager named official of the year

TOWSON -- Steve Heggemann, manager of the Baltimore County Police Department's Alarm Reduction Team, has been named the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association's Police Official of the Year.

Heggemann, who was honored Monday at the association's national convention in Las Vegas, leads the effort to reduce the number of false alarms in the county.

Since police began issuing warnings and fines for false alarms in late 1998, the number of false alarms has dropped by more than one-third.

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