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July 17, 2002

In Baltimore County

Man apparently kills himself in home after wife found slain there

OWINGS MILLS - A week after his wife was killed, David A. Purpora apparently killed himself in the couple's home in the 300 block of Kendigs Mill Road, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Purpora, 42, appeared to have slashed an artery in his leg, police said. He left a note, said Cpl. Ron Brooks, a police spokesman.

On July 9, Purpora's 42-year-old wife, Sheryl Anne Purpora, was found fatally beaten with a plastic bag over her head in the basement of their home. David Purpora was questioned about his wife's death, but police would not say whether he was a suspect. The couple had two children, ages 7 and 9.

Health Department plans grant-writing workshop

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Department of Health will sponsor a workshop on "Grant Writing, Proposal Review and RFP Response," from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 at the Drumcastle Center, 6401 York Road.

Members of Associated Black Charities' Project SPEAK will lead the session, designed for community and faith-based organizations. Organizers hope to increase the number of applications to the county Health Department's Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation grant program.

Last year, the county provided $346,764 in grants to community groups. The registration deadline for the workshop is July 23. Information: Pauline Taylor, 410-659-0000, Ext. 225. Registration: Villienne Gillot, 410-659- 0000, Ext. 268.

In Baltimore City

Police investigating two fatal shootings

City homicide detectives were investigating two apparently unrelated shootings that claimed the lives of two men in separate sections of the city last night. No arrests had been made.

About 11 p.m., Southwestern District police responding to a shooting in the 4900 block of Challedon Road at Tucker Lane found a man lying in the street. He had been shot at least once. His name was being withheld pending notification of family members.

About an hour earlier, Phillip Kent Jr., 21, was found shot in his apartment in the 2200 block of Round Road in Cherry Hill. He died a short time later at Harbor Hospital Center, said Detective Al Marcus. He said two men who entered the apartment shortly before the shooting were being sought. Marcus said a witness to the Cherry Hill killing was being interviewed.

Man, 27, pleads guilty in fatal beating of baby

A 27-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday in Circuit Court to second-degree murder in the beating death of a 15-month-old boy he was baby-sitting.

Donald Crafton of the 1300 block of W. Calhoun St. killed Nadir Chambers on Dec. 18, 2000, a day the baby was teething and fussy with an ear infection, said Assistant State's Attorney Julie Drake. Crafton, who dated Nadir's mother and lived in her house, beat the baby so severely that a medical examiner compared the impact to that sustained in a car accident, Drake said.

Crafton is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 19.

City man, 20, convicted of murder in gang shooting

A city jury has convicted a 20-year-old gang member of murder in the retaliatory shooting last year of two teens from a rival gang - one of whom was killed, the state's attorney's office announced yesterday.

Brian Troxler of the 100 block of S. Kossuth St. was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of John Baker, 19, and of attempted second-degree murder in the shooting of Sean Vass, 18.

Prosecutors said Troxler and a fellow member of the Baltimore and Hilton gang, were driving a stolen car in the 500 block of Edgewood St. in April last year. They opened fire on Baker and Bass, reportedly in retaliation for an earlier shooting involving the rival Edmondson Village gang. Baker was killed when a bullet severed his aorta.

Sentencing for Troxley, who faces up to 80 years in prison, is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Residents urged to report water system problems

Baltimore public works officials confronted with a surge in water main breaks are asking residents to report problems any time of the day or night. City residents should call 311. Baltimore County residents should call 410-396-5352.

"Every break is important, especially while we are in the middle of a drought," said Department of Public Works Director George L. Winfield.

From June 1 to Friday, 148 breaks were discovered, including one in a 30-inch main on Hanover Street in Cherry Hill and another in a 20-inch main on Philadelphia Road in White Marsh.

2 promotions announced in city Fire Department

Baltimore Fire Capt. Theodore G. Saunders will be promoted today to battalion chief and acting city fire marshal.

Saunders replaces former Fire Marshal William E. Martin, who retired June 4. Saunders, 45, has been with the department for 24 years.

The department also has promoted Fire Inspector Michael M. Maybin to public information officer. He replaces Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, who retired June 12.

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