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October 29, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

City man charged with DWI in I-695 crash with 3 vehicles

ROSEDALE - A man who state police alleged was intoxicated drove the wrong way on the Baltimore Beltway early yesterday before colliding with three vehicles, including a tractor-trailer tanker hauling a highly flammable gas. The accident caused a seven-hour traffic jam that backed up traffic from Interstate 95 to Towson.

According to police, Darryl L. McCoy, 36, of the 4700 block of Elison Ave. in Baltimore entered the inner loop on the Philadelphia Road exit ramp about 4:20 a.m. He traveled three-quarters of a mile in his 1999 Lincoln Navigator, and was near I-95 when the driver of the rig hauling tetrafluoroethylene gas swerved to avoid a head-on collision, police said.

McCoy hit the rear of the truck and disabled it, but none of the gas was released. Spinning out of control, his Navigator struck a 1999 Oldsmobile driven by Kimberly L. McCord of Edgewood, who was slightly injured, then was hit by another tractor-trailer, police said.

Police closed most lanes of the inner loop near the accident site until 11:15 a.m., when the tanker was hauled away. McCoy was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

Police trying to identify man who robbed bank

DUNDALK - Baltimore County police are seeking the public's help to identify a man who robbed a Bank of America branch in the 1500 block of Merritt Blvd. on Friday.

Witnesses told police the man entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding cash. The teller gave the man an unspecified amount of money and he ran out of the building and across Merritt Boulevard, police said. He was last seen carrying a duffel bag on his shoulder.

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

Man who died after jumping into creek is identified

ESSEX - County police have identified the man who died Sunday night when he tried to elude officers by jumping into Hogpen Creek as Wayne King, 31, of the 1700 block of Anne Ave.

Police had been pursuing King in the theft of a 1999 Nissan box truck. Officers attempted to stop the truck in the area of Holly Neck Road but the driver led police on a brief chase. When the truck came to a dead end near Turkey Point Road, the driver jumped into the creek, police said.

Several attempts were made to rescue King from the water, police said. The cause of death has not been determined.

In Baltimore City

Supporters, foes of plan to cut council hold rallies

Supporters and opponents of a plan to reshape the City Council held competing rallies yesterday to try to sway voters on the Nov. 5 ballot question.

Backers of Question P began a 24-hour candlelight vigil outside City Hall at 6 a.m., mounting signs and handing out literature. Critics of the measure, including council members and Del. Howard P. Rawlings, gathered inside City Hall later in the day with signs that read: "There is no Question. Vote Against P."

During last night's council meeting, members gave a standing ovation to Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young, who urged the labor unions fighting for Question P to work just as hard to secure decent raises and benefits for their members.

Put on the ballot by a coalition of labor and community groups, Question P would cut four seats from the 19-member council and do away with multimember districts, and replace them with single-member districts. Under the plan, the council president would continue to be elected citywide.

Man fatally shot identified as 37-year-old city resident

A man who was fatally shot Saturday night on a street in West Baltimore was identified yesterday by city police, but detectives had made no arrest and a motive for the killing was unknown.

Michael Willis, 37, of the 600 block of Cumberland St. was standing in the 2100 block of W. North Ave. about 10:40 p.m. when an unidentified assailant shot him in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In an unrelated shooting minutes later and a dozen blocks away at North Avenue and Bloomingdale Road, a 47-year-old man from West Baltimore was shot in the chest and leg during an argument with an unknown male. The victim, whose name was not disclosed because he is a witness, was in good condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, authorities said.

Councilman introduces bill opposing war against Iraq

City Councilman Kwame Osayaba Abayomi proposed a resolution last night opposing U.S. military action in Iraq.

Abayomi, who is pastor of Unity United Methodist Church in West Baltimore, introduced the bill with an impassioned anti-war plea that included an allegation that the United States' "secret government," which he later defined as the CIA, murdered Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota because he opposed action in Iraq.

"For me, that was no accident," Abayomi said, referring to the plane crash that killed Wellstone on Friday.

The council's Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee will hold a hearing on Abayomi's bill at 5 p.m. Nov. 20 in City Hall.

Artists, mayor to discuss concerns at meeting

Leaders of Baltimore's arts and cultural community will ask for continued funding and recognition in a meeting tonight with Mayor Martin O'Malley.

The meeting, organized by the Cultural Alliance and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, will mirror a traditional town hall meeting, with artists and leaders of arts institutions presenting their concerns to the mayor.

The public is invited to attend the meeting, scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the University of Baltimore's Langsdale Auditorium, at Maryland Avenue and Oliver Street. After the presentations, the mayor and the panel of arts leaders will respond to questions and comments from the audience. Questions may be submitted in advance via e-mail at townmeeting@promotionandarts.com.

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