In Baltimore City
Death from injuries suffered in 1992 is ruled a homicide
A West Baltimore man who was severely beaten in 1992 died this month of a seizure related to the beating, and for that reason the state medical examiner has ruled his death a homicide, city police said yesterday.
Steven Allen Coates, 47, died Aug. 2 in his home in the 2200 block of Reisterstown Road. Family members found him unconscious about 10 a.m. and immediately called paramedics, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Coates was beaten in October 1992. He needed extensive rehabilitation and frequently suffered seizures. Police said no one was arrested in the beating, and they do not plan to investigate further.
3 officers hurt, one critical, after 2 police cars collide
A city police officer was reported in critical condition early today and two others also were being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after two Western District patrol cars collided, authorities said.
The injured - who were not named - included a female officer who was trapped in a cruiser for several minutes, police said.
The crash occurred shortly before 11:30 last night at Lafayette Avenue and Carey Street while the patrol cars were responding to a report of an officer needing help nearby, at Baltimore and Carey streets.
East-side man shot in dispute with neighbor
An East Baltimore man, ordered off an older neighbor's front steps, was shot three times yesterday when he allegedly responded by breaking a window, city police reported.
The shooting victim, Jermaine Jackson, 29, of the 500 block of N. Duncan St., was sitting on the steps of Eugene Mosby's house about 4:45 p.m. when Mosby ordered him to move. Words were exchanged and Jackson threw a rock at Mosby, missing him but shattering a window, said Officer Troy J. Harris, a police spokesman.
Mosby, 57, is accused of retrieving a handgun from his house and shooting Jackson once in the shoulder and twice in the chest, Harris said. Jackson was reported in critical but stable condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Mosby was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and a handgun violation.
Man indicted on charges of attempted murder
A Baltimore man charged with shooting and wounding three youths on his front steps last month was indicted yesterday on three counts of attempted first-degree murder and various handgun charges.
William Banks, 60, of the 100 block of N. Decker Ave. is charged with shooting the youths, ages 11, 15 and 18, outside his home July 28. Banks told police the youths refused to move off the steps of his house in Southwest Baltimore.
He has been held without bail since his arrest, and his no-bail status was upheld this week by a District Court judge.
Body found in Patapsco identified as city man, 78
A body found floating in the Patapsco River on Sunday has been identified as that of a 78-year-old Baltimore man last seen at his residence Aug. 15, Maryland Natural Resources Police said yesterday.
Four teens saw the body of Marcus James Perdue, who lived in the 3700 block of Belle Ave., as they swam in the Patapsco River near Interstate 895 in Brooklyn Park, police said.
No one interviewed by police has been able to account for Perdue's whereabouts between Aug. 15 and when his body was pulled from the river, said Natural Resources spokeswoman Heather Lynch. She said it appeared the body had been in the water for several days. Perdue was clothed and had no obvious injuries, she said.
Colleges receive IBM grant for teacher programs
The teacher education programs at Morgan State University and the College of Notre Dame received a $1.5 million grant yesterday from IBM that school officials say will improve teacher training in standards-based instruction.
The grant will allow the colleges to use IBM's Learning Village, an online program that helps teachers design lesson plans geared toward meeting new state and federal testing standards.
Under the grant, all new Baltimore teachers - about 1,000 a year - will be trained in Learning Village during their five-week induction program.
In Baltimore County
Forum to be held tonight for council candidates
RANDALLSTOWN - The political action committee of Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church will sponsor a forum tonight for candidates for the 4th District seat on the Baltimore County Council.
The forum will be held at 7 p.m. at the church, 8615 Church Lane in Randallstown. Six Democrats and one Republican are competing for the seat. The district includes the Liberty Road corridor, Woodlawn, Granite and parts of Owings Mills.
Time changed for meeting on detention-center design
TOWSON - The time for a meeting on the design of the county's new detention center has been changed to 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 York Road.
Residents can meet with architects and designers of the building under construction at Kenilworth Drive and Bosley Avenue and offer opinions on exterior materials, fencing, lighting, plants and shrubbery.
The meeting originally had been scheduled for 8 p.m.