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Robbery victim shot in October dies of wound

A 46-year-old man who was shot in the neck during a robbery attempt in October died last week, and his death was ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner, police said yesterday.

Dennis F. Wilkerson was in the 200 block of W. Clay St. about 11:45 p.m. Oct. 19 when a man approached and tried to rob him at gunpoint, police said. Wilkerson hesitated and the gunman shot him once in the neck, police said.

Wilkerson died Saturday at Deaton Medical Center on South Charles Street, where he was being treated for paralysis from the neck down, police said.

Wilkerson is the 138th homicide victim of the year, one more than recorded through the same period in 2001. Last year, the city recorded 256 homicides.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Ronald Berger at 410-396-2100.

Judge orders club closed through end of month

A Baltimore District Court judge issued a temporary injunction yesterday to keep the troubled Tunnel nightclub closed until at least the end of the month, but he warned city zoning officials not to stall the nightclub's efforts to obtain new permits required to reopen.

After complaints that the Tunnel was attracting violence, zoning officials inspected the club June 28 and found it was violating its "banquet hall" zoning designation by charging admission and operating as a nightclub. Banquet halls are required to have invited guests for specific events.

One of the Tunnel's lawyers, Peter A. Prevas, said the nightclub applied Friday for a tavern permit allowing live entertainment and dancing. Judge Jack I. Lessner instructed city zoning officials to review the Tunnel's applications and "not cause any undue delay."

Man, 21, pleads guilty to charges from 3 arrests

A 21-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to charges stemming from three arrests in a 14-month period, including robbery with a deadly weapon, assault and drug possession, announced the state's attorney's office.

Tavon Dixon of the 900 block of N. Collington Ave. was arrested in 1999 and 2000, racking up charges and violating his parole. He is believed to be part of the violent Hot Boyz organization of North Avenue, according to the state's attorney's office.

Dixon, who is scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait on Aug. 2, is expected to receive a 20-year sentence, with all but eight years suspended, prosecutors said.

City man, 29, indicted for murder in beating

A Baltimore man was indicted Monday for first-degree murder in the fatal beating of a 52-year-old man.

Charlo Witherspoon, 29, of the 1700 block of Guilford Ave. is charged in the beating Oct. 20 of McKinley Jackson in the 300 block of E. 20th St. Jackson died March 24.

Witherspoon is being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center. An arraignment is scheduled Aug. 16 before Circuit Judge Clifton J. Gordy.

In Baltimore County

Police seek clues in killing of woman found at home

OWINGS MILLS - A woman believed to be in her 40s was found dead yesterday in her home in the 300 block of Kendigs Mill Road, Baltimore County police said.

The woman's head was covered with a plastic bag, said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

She said a housekeeper who entered the home shortly before 2 p.m. noticed a purse had been emptied and its contents thrown around the kitchen. The housekeeper then called police. It was not known if there were any signs of forced entry into the two-story dwelling.

Warehime said the woman, whose identity is being withheld until relatives are notified and an autopsy is performed, was found in the basement.

Two children, ages 7 and 9, who lived in the house, were visiting friends at the time the woman was found. Warehime said the woman's husband has been interviewed.

Fire training facility to be dedicated today

DUNDALK - The Baltimore County Fire Department is scheduled to dedicate its new training tower and burn building at 10:30 a.m. today at 1545 Sparrows Point Blvd.

The structure, part of the Fire Rescue Academy, uses the latest technology. "It will provide training opportunities with realistic simulations and the nearest real-life scenarios possible," said Battalion Chief Michael Robinson.

The structure, located in an industrial area, replaces the burn building in Towson, which was built in 1955.

Villa Julie College gets gift of more than $250,000

STEVENSON - Villa Julie College, a private coeducational institution, has received a gift of slightly more than $250,000 from the estate of Peter Harry Joseph Bauer, who founded Baltimore Electric Light Co. on Cold Spring Lane and was its operator for 40 years before his death in 2000.

The gift, earmarked for scholarships for Baltimore-area students who attend Villa Julie, was provided by the sale of Bauer's Cold Spring Lane property and other assets.

Bauer, a resident of Roland Park, had no official connection to the college.

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