City/County Digest


September 04, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore CityMan being held at Central Booking kills himself

A 38-year-old man accused of rape killed himself Monday at Central Booking and Intake Center, three weeks after U.S. Department of Justice officials concluded that the city jail system has a poorly run system of medical care and suicide prevention.

Jeardon Woodridge of the 1300 block of Cleveland St. used his shoelaces to hang himself, correctional officials said. Woodridge was discovered unconscious about 5 a.m. by correctional officers who had entered his cell on the third floor of Central Tower to provide insulin to his diabetic cellmate.

As officers freed him from his laces, nurses performed CPR on him. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:55 a.m.

Correctional officials said Woodridge, charged with two counts of rape and one count of failure to appear in court, had been in custody without bail at Central Booking since Aug. 23. He did not indicate a history of mental health problems on his medical screening form and did not show signs that would have placed him on a suicide watch, officials said.

Man sentenced to 63 years for role in killing

A 22-year-old Northeast Baltimore man, convicted in June of attempted robbery with a deadly weapon for his role in the murder of a cafe owner, was sentenced to 63 years in prison yesterday in city Circuit Court.

Kion Eason of the 4600 block of Marx Ave. was the last of three defendants to be sentenced in the ambush killing of John Darda, co-owner of City Cafe, who was killed in February of last year as he walked to a bank carrying $7,500.

Prosecutors said Eason was involved in planning the ambush and provided the murder weapon. Eason's younger brother, Jamaha, 19, and Derrick Quarles, 21, confessed to the killing last summer and are serving 40- and 35-year sentences, respectively.

10-year-old boy grazed by bullet in Gardenville

A 10-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet last night as a gunman fired at a man during an attempted robbery in Northeast Baltimore's Gardenville neighborhood, police said.

The intended victim of the robbery was running to the rear of a house about 9 p.m. when the pursuing gunman fired at least three shots, police said.

One of the shots grazed the boy in the left buttock as he and his twin brother were getting out of their mother's car in the 4300 block of Berger Ave., returning home from a football game, according to police. The boy, whose name was not released, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

Contractor accused of lying on bid documents

A Baltimore contractor accused of lying on bid documents for state maintenance and construction contracts he and his company were awarded is facing felony perjury and procurement fraud charges.

The state attorney general's office asserts that Bill Hatzi, 46, who resides in Forest Hill in Harford County but works in Baltimore, lied when he claimed he had no previous convictions for theft. According to state officials, he had been convicted of theft in 1991 in Baltimore Circuit Court under the name of Vasilios Hatzianoglou.

Hatzi's companies include Power Dynamics, Pallini Co. and Vastec Co., all of Tolna Street in Baltimore. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

League of Women Voters to hold candidates event

The city chapter of the League of Women Voters will hold a Candidates Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Western High School, 4600 Falls Road, featuring candidates running in the city's six legislative districts.

The event will feature six simultaneous forums in separate rooms - one for state Senate and House of Delegates candidates in each district.

Information: 410-464-1901 or 410-624-3144.

In Baltimore County

Teen held without bail in fatal stabbing at mall

TOWSON - A 16-year-old junior at Northern High School was ordered held without bail yesterday after he was charged with fatally stabbing another teen-ager during a fight outside Towson Town Center on Friday night.

Tamere H. Thornton of the 5200 block of Midwood Ave. appeared at a bail hearing before District Judge Robert J. Steinberg.

Kevin Taylor, 17, of the 1300 block of Walker Ave. in Baltimore died Saturday, a day after he was stabbed in the side during a fight in the parking lot between the Hecht Co. and the Rainforest Cafe. The dispute began as an argument between two groups of teen-agers inside the mall about 9 p.m. and spilled into the parking lot, police said.

Man gets five-year term in fatal hit-and-run

TOWSON - A 31-year-old Catonsville man who is accused of fleeing to the Virgin Islands after being convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident was sentenced in District Court yesterday to five years in prison.

Darren T. Brown of the 300 block of Greenlow Road was sentenced by Judge Robert J. Steinberg in the accident March 24 last year that killed Ramon Thomas. Thomas, 15, was walking near his home in the 400 block of Warren Road in Cockeysville about 2:15 a.m. when he was killed.

Brown was released on a $50,000 appeal bond in October after he was convicted of leaving the scene of the accident and appealed in Circuit Court. But he failed to appear for trial March 19 and fled to the Virgin Islands, prosecutors said. He is scheduled to be arraigned today on a charge of failing to appear for trial in Circuit Court. The charge carries a maximum five-year sentence.

Candidates sought to fill 8th District Senate seat

PARKVILLE - The Democratic State Central Committee for the 8th Legislative District will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Parkville library, 9509 Harford Road, to discuss filling the seat left vacant by the death last week of state Sen. John R. Schneider.

To be eligible, candidates must be registered Democrats and live in the 8th District. The members of the 8th District committee will nominate a replacement. The final decision will be made by Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Information: 410-661-2841.

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