In Baltimore County It's no joke: Towson couple win...

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March 13, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

It's no joke: Towson couple win $2.8 million

TOWSON - When the director and an entourage from the Maryland Lottery showed up at Gwen Vaughan's house in Towson yesterday morning, everyone knew she had won $2.8 million. Everyone but her, that is.

Husband Robert, 63, had kept the news a secret after receiving a telephone call from the lottery Monday. He told Gwen, 61, they had won $1,500 because their subscription ticket matched five out of six numbers in Saturday's Lotto drawing.

Even as his team arrived with photographers, balloons and a large cardboard check, lottery Director Buddy Roogow kept up the ruse, congratulating her on winning the smaller amount. Then, after reading the numbers aloud, Roogow stopped and said a mistake had been made - that the ticket had all six numbers.

"I think I'm going to pass out," Gwen Vaughan said.

Robert Vaughan, a semi-retired hospital management consultant, and his wife, who formerly decorated houses about to go on the market, say they anticipate no major changes in their lives. All they really have to worry about is whether to take the winnings over 25 years, or in a single cash payment of about $1.4 million, before taxes.

Man accused of robbery, rape held without bail

TOWSON - A 19-year-old Woodlawn man suspected of robbing a convenience store and abducting and raping the clerk is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said.

John Xavier Gamble of the 6800 block of Townbrook Drive is charged with first-degree rape, kidnapping, assault, armed robbery and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, police said.

Gamble was arrested Monday while driving a stolen car near Liberty and Essex roads, police said. Police said officers recovered evidence from the car relating to the robbery and abduction March 5 at the Xtramart in the 1800 block of Woodlawn Drive. The 23-year-old clerk told police that she was threatened with a machete and was beaten in the face.

Man, 43, dies in blaze in basement apartment

ARBUTUS - A 43-year-old man died yesterday when a fire broke out in the basement apartment of a house in the 1300 block of Linden Ave., fire officials said.

Capt. James M. Korn said the body of Eric Karlsen was recovered by firefighters after they extinguished the one-alarm blaze. The fire was reported about 4:30 a.m., Korn said, adding that the building sustained extensive smoke damage.

Three adults escaped unharmed from apartments on the upper floors. They were referred by the Fire Department's victims' assistance unit to the Red Cross. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Health Department head, student honored by group

TOWSON - Dr. Michelle Leverett, director of the Baltimore County Department of Health, and Chung Cheuk, a student at Perry Hall High School, were honored this week for their achievements by the county Commission for Women.

Leverett was named "Woman of the Year" for her leadership after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11 and the subsequent anthrax scare. She has been director of the department since 1995.

Cheuk, a senior at Perry Hall, was recognized as "Young Woman of the Year" for her academic accomplishments and devotion to school and community activities. She ranked 11th in a class of 466, is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in several youth and government programs.

In Baltimore City

One man killed, another wounded in shooting

City police reported no arrests yesterday in a double shooting in West Baltimore late Monday that left one man dead and another wounded.

Police said Eric Lamar Lee, 24, of the 2900 block of Mallview Road and Jacob Epps, 22, of the 2500 block of Harlem Ave. were standing in the 2700 block of Lauretta Ave. about 11 p.m. when two gunmen opened fire.

Lee was pronounced dead at the scene, while Epps was released after treatment at Bon Secours Hospital for a wound to his left leg.

In another West Baltimore slaying, apparently unrelated, police identified a man who was shot in the head about 6:15 p.m. Monday in the 1800 block of W. Lanvale St. The victim, Darryl Andre Payton, 36, of the 1900 block of W. Lanvale, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said no arrest had been made in his death.

Grant will be used to buy computers in W. Baltimore

In an effort to narrow the "digital divide," Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, has made a $25,000 grant to the Enterprise Foundation's Baltimore office to improve computer access in Sandtown-Winchester.

The money will help upgrade a computer lab at Harlem Park Middle School and purchase 21 computers - nine at William Pinderhughes Elementary and 12 at George Kelson Elementary. The equipment will be available to pupils, parents, teachers and community residents, foundation officials said.

While home access to the Internet reached 44 percent of the U.S. population last year, minorities and low-income communities were less likely to have such access, foundation officials said, citing Commerce Department figures.

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