City/county Digest


October 16, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

5 people in custody after shooting that left 2 teens wounded

RANDALLSTOWN - Five people were in custody early today and being questioned about a shooting that left two teen-agers wounded outside a Randallstown apartment building, county police said.

The gunfire occurred about 9 p.m. at Cedar Gardens Apartments, where two men had stepped out of a car on Valdivia Court and approached the victims, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman. During an argument, one of the men shot an 18-year-old man in the face, then shot a 16-year-old three times in the back, he said.

The gunman and his companion fled to a house on nearby Western Winds Circle, which police officers surrounded. Shortly past 11:30 p.m., Toohey said, two men and three women came out one by one and surrendered after talking by telephone with a police negotiator.

Toohey said the older victim was taken to Sinai Hospital, while the other was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Names and conditions were not available.

Man is killed, 3 injured when car and van collide

REISTERSTOWN - A 20-year-old man was killed yesterday morning when his car swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a van head-on, county police said.

Investigators said the driver, who died at the scene, had been traveling west on Worthington Avenue near Tufton Road in a 1985 Toyota Corolla when he crossed the double yellow line and hit the van. Police are trying to determine why the young man lost control of his car. Police withheld his identity until relatives could be notified.

The driver of the van and two passengers were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

League of Women Voters to discuss ballot issues

CATONSVILLE - The Baltimore County League of Women Voters will sponsor a meeting Friday at Charlestown Retirement Community on Maiden Choice Lane to discuss November ballot issues.

The discussion will focus on state and local amendments, charter changes, borrowing ordinances and some elected offices.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. Information: 410-464-1902.

In Baltimore City

Bail set for woman charged in shooting

Bail was set at $100,000 yesterday for a Halethorpe woman who police say shot her boyfriend - a man authorities briefly suspected might have been connected to the sniper attacks.

Staci M. Burgess, 34, of the 1700 block of Hall Ave., arrested Saturday, remained in jail last night, charged with attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and related handgun charges in connection with an incident in Southwest Baltimore involving her boyfriend, Michael L. Swift III, authorities said.

Police said Swift, 38, was found in his van early Saturday with a bullet wound in his right side, the result of a "domestic argument." Police were suspicious of Swift partly because he was in a white Chevrolet Astro van and owned assault rifles, and were questioning him Monday night when a woman was killed in Falls Church, Va., in a shooting linked to the sniper attacks.

3 officers killed in line of duty are honored

Three Baltimore police officers who recently died in the line of duty were honored yesterday during the 11th annual wreath-laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington.

Honored during the 1 p.m. ceremony were Sgt. John Platt and Officer Kevin McCarthy, both of the Northeastern District, who died Oct. 14, 2000, when their patrol car was struck by a drunken driver, and Western District Officer Crystal Sheffield, who was fatally injured Aug. 21 when her patrol car collided with another police car at a West Baltimore intersection, said Officer Sheri Albrecht, a police spokeswoman.

Walk set to raise funds to fight breast cancer

The American Cancer Society will be holding its first "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" 5-mile walk Sunday.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 9 a.m. on Lancaster Street at Exeter Street, at Inner Harbor East.

Information: 410-933-5142.

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