City/County Digest


October 03, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

25-year-old man is city's 196th victim of homicide

A 25-year-old man was shot and killed in Northwest Baltimore late Tuesday, police said yesterday.

Michael Lavar Brown of the 3900 block of Towanda Ave. was standing in that block with a second man when someone approached and opened fire about 11 p.m., police said. Brown was hit in the head and died at the scene, according to police. The other man ran away, police said.

Brown is the 196th homicide victim of the year - 13 more than during the same period last year. Anyone with information about Brown's death is urged to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

Police charge girl, 16, in fatal stabbing of man

A 16-year-old girl has been arrested on a warrant charging her with first-degree murder in the stabbing of a man during an argument Saturday near her home in the Barclay neighborhood, city police said.

Homicide Detective Greg MacGillivary said Jessica Robinson of the 400 block of E. 20th St. was arrested Monday at a West Baltimore home by the Warrant Apprehension Task Force and is being held at Central Booking and Intake Center.

MacGillivary said Robinson is charged as an adult in the fatal stabbing of Alfonzo Johnson, 24, of the 100 block of Division St. during an argument. He said Johnson was stabbed once in the chest and died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. It was not known what the argument was about.

Paul's Place outreach center to mark 20th anniversary

Paul's Place, an outreach center in Washington Village-Pigtown, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a block party from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Organizers plan to distribute "community asset maps" during the event. The maps, which list human services, businesses, places of worship and parks in the neighborhood, is one way Paul's Place can work with other agencies, said Bill McLennan, the organization's executive director.

Paul's Place serves hot lunch to about 200 people a day, organizers say. It offers shower and laundry facilities, after-school activities and other programs.

Poppleton residents plan community festival

Residents in West Baltimore's Poppleton neighborhood are planning to hold the second Community Appreciation Day Festival on Saturday.

The day of games, food, entertainment and community discussion on employment, housing, local business and the empowerment zone will begin at 11 a.m. in Franklin Square Park and will end at 6 p.m.

Information: 410-528-1440, Ext. 1457.

In Baltimore County

Man charged in city holdup accused in county robberies

CATONSVILLE - A West Baltimore man charged with robbing a bank in the city is accused in at least two bank robberies in Catonsville, including one yesterday, Baltimore County police said.

Damon Gerard Griffin, 30, of the 4400 block of Wakefield Road is charged in a federal warrant in the robbery Sept. 13 of a First Union Bank branch at 3200 W. North Ave. Police said they suspect him in a robbery at 9:30 a.m. yesterday at the Sun Trust Bank branch at 612 Frederick Road and, Sept. 24, at the First Union branch at 1060 Maiden Choice Lane.

In each case, a man approached with a note demanding money and left with cash, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307- 2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Police seek help to find teen girl missing for 2 years

TOWSON - Baltimore County police are seeking the public's help to find a teen-age girl who disappeared from a foster care home in the Woodlawn area two years ago.

Detectives recently talked to one of the girl's relatives, who believes she might be in the Baltimore area. Leonna Truitt is 16, but might say she is much older, police said yesterday.

No evidence indicates that Truitt's disappearance was the result of foul play. Although she no longer is a ward of the state because of her age, police said they remain concerned about her. She is described as white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, with blond hair and brown eyes and weighed 240 pounds when she disappeared. Anyone with information on Truitt is asked to call the county Police Department at 410-307- 2020.

Volunteers sought Saturday to help clean Towson Run

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Green Party is joining Save Our Streams and Towson University to help restore and beautify Towson Run.

Volunteers are needed to clean trash and remove debris from the stretch of Towson Run that runs through the campus. The cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Information and directions: Brett Johnson, 410-766-7370.

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