In Baltimore City Man, 56, charged in auto theft after...

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May 22, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Man, 56, charged in auto theft after police confrontation

A 56-year-old man was charged with auto theft, assault and destruction of property yesterday after a confrontation with police officers in West Baltimore led to gunfire, authorities said.

Detectives with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force saw a stolen Isuzu Trooper at North and Fulton avenues about 8:15 a.m. yesterday, and followed it until it stopped at a red light at Fulton and Riggs Avenue. Officers in marked cars tried to box in the vehicle, but its driver rammed the patrol cars and hit a passing Pontiac Grand Am whose driver, a woman who was not identified, suffered minor injuries, police said.

Officer Robert Talbert, a seven-year police veteran, then stepped out of his patrol car and fired two shots that hit the stolen vehicle but not its driver, who was captured. Talbert was placed on routine administrative leave pending an inquiry into the firing of his gun, police said.

The suspect, Glen B. Achoe of the 300 block of E. Lanvale St., was being held last night at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Two arrested, 3rd sought after officers are fired on

Two suspects were arrested last night after a street-corner argument among three men ended with one of them allegedly firing a gun at undercover officers, police said.

Two officers were conducting surveillance in the 1400 block of N. Carey St. when they heard the argument and then a gunshot about 10:30 p.m., said Western District Sgt. Charles Snitzel. The officers went to the corner of Carey and Gold streets and identified themselves to the men who were arguing -- including one who had a gun and was told to drop it, Snitzel said.

Instead, the man fired the gun, and one of the officers returned fire. The three ran, but two were caught, Snitzel said, adding that the weapon was not recovered. No one was hurt, and the names of those arrested were not immediately divulged.

Event set May 29 to mark Senior Health, Fitness Day

The city will mark National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 29 with a morning of activities for older residents at Rash Field on Key Highway.

Events will include low-impact aerobics and line dancing. Health booths and refreshments will be featured.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with events from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The event is sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Commission on Aging and Retirement Education. Information: 410-396-2920.

In Baltimore County

Police are looking for man who robbed 4 banks 5 times

ESSEX -- Baltimore County police are searching for a man suspected of robbing banks in Essex five times since late last year.

Police said the man robbed First Union Bank in the 600 block of Eastern Blvd. twice since January. First Union Bank in the 8800 bank of Pulaski Highway, Allfirst bank in the 800 block of Eastern Ave. and First Mariner Bank in the 100 block of Carroll Island Road also have been robbed since November.

In each case, a man entered the bank, leaned over the counter and asked for money in a soft voice. Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Event to honor servicemen killed Sept. 11 and in war

TIMONIUM -- The annual Memorial Day ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens will honor the seven Maryland servicemen killed in the terrorist attack Sept. 11 at the Pentagon and the war on terrorism.

A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, executive director of the CIA, will speak. The ceremony will include the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band and color guard units from the Navy, the Maryland National Guard and the 1st Marine Division.

The public ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the cemetery's Circle of the Immortals.

Delegate sets town meeting to discuss education funds

OWINGS MILLS -- Del. Robert A. Zirkin will hold a town meeting tomorrow to discuss the Thornton Commission legislation approved this year.

This month, Gov. Parris N. Glendening signed a bill that would increase spending on public education by $1.3 billion during the next six years. Baltimore County stands to gain about $120 million.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Owings Mills High School, 124 Tollgate Road.

Prayer service for peace in Mideast scheduled today

CATONSVILLE -- An interfaith prayer service for peace in the Middle East will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at Catonsville United Methodist Church.

Participants will pray for reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis, and among Jews, Muslims and Christians.

The service will he held at the church's Social Hall, 6 Melvin Ave. Information: Lynn Robinson, 410-788-5048.

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