In Baltimore City
Officer pleads guilty to misconduct for owning stolen car
A city police officer pleaded guilty in Circuit Court yesterday to misconduct after investigators determined he possessed a stolen 1996 Jaguar XJ6 automobile, the city state's attorney's office said.
Ivan D. Dow, 27, an eight-year veteran assigned to the Eastern District, had his police powers revoked in October, when police discovered that he possessed the stolen car, law enforcement officials said.
Dow had purchased the car for $9,000 from a woman who did not have proof of ownership or keys to the car, officials said. He then went to a dealership and ordered a set of keys, saying he was an officer conducting a drug investigation.
After that, he had the Jaguar towed to a garage, where mechanics fixed the transmission for $3,200, though they never received payment, according to police. Dow entered into a plea agreement yesterday in which he will pay back the $3,200 and resign from the department, in return for prosecutors dropping a theft charge.
Youths in roundup charged with breaking curfew laws
Continuing a crime-control crackdown, city police reported rounding up 33 youths Wednesday -- charging most of them with violating daytime school curfew laws.
The effort, dubbed "Operation Triple Play," was the third by city police in recent weeks prompted by a rash of daytime crimes linked to youths playing hooky.
Twenty-one of the youths were students from five city high schools, while the other 12 had not been attending school, according to police. In all, 29 were charged with the curfew violation, one was charged with marijuana possession, one was wanted on a drug-charge warrant, and two were released without charges.
Targeted in the operation were shopping centers in the 4200-4400 blocks of Loch Raven Blvd. and the 5300-5500 blocks of Harford Road, where youths gather during school hours. The high schools attended by the 21 were Lake Clifton, Northern, Mergenthaler, Fairmount/Harford and Polytechnic Institute, police said.
Police identify woman discovered fatally stabbed
A woman who was fatally stabbed and found lying near CSX railroad tracks in Southwest Baltimore on March 16 was identified by city police yesterday as Dorothy Ann Edmonds, 46, who lived with her boyfriend in the 1300 block of Washington Blvd.
Homicide Detective Darren Sanders said Edmonds, whose family lives in New York, had been dead for several hours before a railroad maintenance crew working near the 1500 block of Cole St. spotted her body about 9 a.m.
In Baltimore County
Butler woman, 19, killed in crash on Belair Road
PERRY HALL -- A northern Baltimore County woman was killed yesterday when her car crossed the center line of Belair Road, striking a second car.
Jasmine DeBow, 19, of the 1800 block of Worthington Heights Parkway in Butler was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. DeBow was traveling south on Belair Road near Schroeder Avenue about 7 a.m. when she struck an oncoming car driven by Megan Koons, 33, of the first block of Springtowne Circle, police said.
Koons was listed in good condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Police investigate killing of man in Cockeysville
COCKEYSVILLE -- Police were investigating the fatal shooting last night of a man in an apartment complex in Cockeysville, and were seeking three armed men in connection with the killing. The victim's identity was withheld pending notification of out-of-state relatives.
Officers were dispatched to Barretts Delight Apartments to investigate a 911 call from an unidentified woman about 8:30 p.m., reporting that a shot had been fired in an apartment.
Cpl. Ron Brooks, a police spokesman, said the victim was found lying dead in a back bedroom of an apartment in the 10400 block of Barretts Delight Road. Brooks said a female acquaintance and her two children were in the apartment at the time of the shooting but were not harmed.
Villa Cresta Elementary to remain closed today
PARKVILLE -- Villa Cresta Elementary School, closed yesterday because of asbestos contamination in the boiler room, will be closed again today. There is no word on when it will reopen.
School system officials would say little about the construction-related release of fibers on Wednesday. They wouldn't say whether the asbestos was released during school Wednesday or after children went home.
The school has been undergoing a renovation project since last spring.
More than $614,000 spent in anti-smoking effort
TOWSON -- Baltimore County is spending more than $614,000 to discourage smoking, officials said yesterday.
The county Department of Health received the money from the state's share of the settlement with tobacco companies.
The department awarded $188,000 to county public schools for anti-smoking programs in middle and high schools. Grants worth $347,000 went to community groups, including hospitals and youth groups.