City/county Digest


October 11, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Boy, 16, fatally shot on East 24th Street in 202nd homicide

A 16-year-old East Baltimore youth was fatally shot early yesterday - the city's 202nd homicide victim this year.

Police responding shortly past midnight to a report of a shooting in the 400 block of E. 24th St. near Greenmount Avenue found paramedics treating James Lynch of the 600 block of N. Lakewood Ave. Lynch was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 12:30 a.m.

Police did not have a suspect and did not know a motive in the shooting, and asked anyone with information to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

Citywide autumn cleanup is scheduled tomorrow

A citywide fall cleanup to rid vacant lots and neighborhoods of trash is planned for tomorrow.

The "Believe in a Clean Baltimore" campaign has designated tomorrow as a day when residents are invited to help clean their neighborhoods.

Last year, 3,500 people from 200 communities and 35 businesses took part in a fall cleanup called "Homecoming '01." Information: 410-396-4572.

Trial date set for group accused in kidnapping

Three people who allegedly posed as bounty hunters and another who acted as a bail bondsman were arraigned yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court on charges including kidnapping and perjury.

The charges stem from a July 3 incident in which Joseph Zahl Jr., 45, of the 1800 block of Cremen Road in Pasadena, was accused of posting bail for two people, then kidnapping them. Zahl has never been a licensed bondsman, prosecutors said.

Zahl told police he "deputized" three friends to act as bounty hunters to bring the pair he posted bail for back to jail, even though they had not missed a court date.

The others arraigned were Michael Barringer, also known as Robert Lepson, 45, of the 5700 block of Franklin St.; Barbara Burton, 44, of the same address; and Jeffrey Lutz, 44, of the 100 block of Greenland Beach Road in Anne Arundel County. Their trial is set for Dec. 4 before Judge Thomas E. Noel.

Man convicted, sentenced to 50 years in shooting

A 21-year-old Baltimore man was convicted yesterday and sentenced to 50 years in prison for shooting and robbing a 20-year-old, the state's attorney's office announced.

Tylance Belton of the 800 block of Brooks Lane was convicted on charges that included attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery. Prosecutors say Belton shot Howard Thomas of the 1300 block of Edmondson Ave. after Thomas refused Belton's demand for money.

At the trial, testimony revealed that on March 3, Thomas bought marijuana from Belton in the 700 block of N. Carey St. Belton then pulled a 9 mm handgun and demanded more money from Thomas. After Thomas refused, Belton shot him once in the chest.

In Baltimore County

Student, 15, charged with bringing gun to school

MILFORD MILL - A 15-year-old Milford Mill Academy student has been arrested on charges that he brought a sawed-off shotgun to school, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

The boy allegedly brought the gun there in his backpack yesterday, but did not display or try to fire the weapon before it was discovered by school officials about 11 a.m., police said.

The boy, whose name was withheld, was charged as a juvenile with a handgun offense, police said.

Walk for Kids Sake set for tomorrow at state park

CHASE - Friends of Villa Maria will hold its second annual 5-kilometer Walk for Kids Sake tomorrow at the Hammerman Beach area at Gunpowder Falls State Park.

The walk benefits Timonium-based Villa Maria's residential and community programs that help children with emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders.

Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. Individuals and walking teams are invited. The walk will take place rain or shine. Information: 410-252-4700, Ext. 134.

University receives grant to study urban biology

TOWSON - Towson University has received a $286,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of urbanization on the biology of stream organisms.

University scientists have noticed differences in fish living in rural and urban conditions. The grant will fund research into the disparity.

"With increasing human populations worldwide, many plants and animals will end up living in human-modified habitats," said Joel Snodgras, a biology professor and principal investigator on the study. "We are focusing our attention on how animals adapt to urban habitats specifically."

Hereford pupils honored for growing food for needy

MONKTON - The Future Farmers of America Horticulture Club and agriscience students at Hereford Middle School have won the Maryland Student Service Alliance Award for a yearlong project that provided food to the needy.

Pupils in sixth, seventh and eighth grades grew vegetables at home and donated them to a local food bank.

Half of the $200 award will be used to recognize pupils involved in the project. The other half will be donated to Hereford Food Bank.

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