City/County Digest


October 23, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Man gets 25 years in Feb. kidnapping of parents, 9-year-old

TOWSON - A Gardenville man who held a knife to a 9-year-old's throat to force the boy's family to drive to an automated teller machine and give him cash was sentenced yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to 25 years without the possibility of parole.

Richard Lee Edwards, 56, of the 5100 block of Belair Road apologized to the Stroup family yesterday and blamed his actions in February on drugs. Edwards pleaded guilty to kidnapping and armed carjacking in August. Because of prior convictions, the 25-year sentence was mandatory.

The Stroups encountered Edwards in the parking lot of a Dundalk fast-food restaurant. Edwards was panhandling, police said, and as Keith Stroup reached into his pocket to give him money, Edwards grabbed Stroup's son from behind. Edwards was arrested at the bank, soon after Keith Stroup and his wife, Shawn, started struggling with him.

Two men, one armed, rob driver of armored truck

PIKESVILLE - An armored truck driver carrying a bag of deposits was robbed by two men yesterday afternoon as he walked out of a bank in a Metro supermarket, Baltimore County police said.

Two men approached the driver of a Dunbar Armored Inc. truck about 1:15 p.m. outside the Provident Bank branch in the 2500 block of Slade Ave., said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman. One man showed a handgun and the driver gave him the money, police said.

Witnesses told police that the men got into a Ford sport utility vehicle - possibly an off-green or gold color - and headed south on Slade Avenue toward Park Heights Avenue, Toohey said.

Police seek public's aid in finding bank robber

PARKVILLE - Baltimore County police are seeking the public's help in finding a man who robbed a Provident Bank branch last week.

Police said he entered the bank in the 8200 block of Harford Road around 10 a.m. Friday and handed a teller a note demanding cash. He left the building with an undisclosed amount of money, and witnesses told police that a red dye pack went off in his bag.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Vandals damage statues, gravestones at 2 cemeteries

DUNDALK - County police are seeking the vandals who caused at least $180,000 in damage to ornate statues, gravestones, vases and graves at two area cemeteries between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

Employees of St. Andrew's Cemetery and Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery, both in the 7500 block of German Hill Road, discovered the vandalism early Monday.

About 100 gravestones and numerous bronze vases were damaged, and at least 14 statues were destroyed, police said. Anyone with information is urged to call the North Point Precinct at 410-887-7320.

Candidates forum set tonight in Timonium

TIMONIUM - A candidates forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Havenwood Presbyterian Church, East Ridgely and Charmuth roads in Timonium.

Candidates for the 11th and 42nd legislative districts, the 2nd Congressional District and Baltimore County executive have been invited to participate in the session, which is sponsored by the Greater Timonium Community Council and open to the public.

In Baltimore City

Council urges residents to honor fire victims

As a tribute to Angela Dawson and her five children, the City Council is asking residents to drive with their lights on tomorrow, the day of the family's funeral procession and service.

Dawson and her children died last week in a fire that officials say was set to punish them for fighting drug dealing in their East Baltimore neighborhood.

The council also is urging residents to leave their front and rear porch lights on all day.

Trial of city solicitor's kin postponed by plea bargain

The trial of Lawrence D. Hutchings, nephew of City Solicitor Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr., has been postponed until Monday, as Hutchings decides whether to accept a plea bargain.

Hutchings was arrested April 30 and charged with drug distribution and possession of a handgun. Hutchings' case drew attention when Zollicoffer showed up at his nephew's Northeast Baltimore home and confronted police as they tried to arrest the young man. Zollifcoffer later apologized to police.

The details of the plea deal were not released yesterday in court, but Hutchings' lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Arch McFadden, said his client needed to "discuss the matter with his family."

Museum receives streetcar; 2-year restoration planned

A 1936 streetcar that ran in El Paso, Texas, and San Diego will be delivered today to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum on Falls Road, where it will be restored to running condition during the next two years.

The $35,000 project, which includes purchase of the 19-ton vehicle and its transportation to Baltimore, was made possible through a gift from Carvey Davis, a former Baltimore Transit Co. motorman, museum member and Glen Burnie resident.

"It is representative of the first type of streamlined streetcar that Baltimore Transit ever bought," said John Engleman, a museum member who also contributed money toward the car's purchase. The car was manufactured by St. Louis Car Co. and last ran in 1974. It later was used as a real estate office in Cloud Croft, N.M.

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