In Baltimore City
City grand jury indicts four men in 2001 fatal beating
A Baltimore grand jury returned first-degree murder indictments yesterday against four Baltimore men in the fatal beating of Charles Edwards Banks III, who was attacked Dec. 21, 2001, and died in October.
Indictments were returned against Charles Peters, 26, of the 1400 block of N. Fulton Ave.; Randolph Sheppard, 21, of the 1500 block of Myrtle Ave.; Charles Lucas, 20, of the 300 block of S. Calhoun St.; and Michael Roary, 20, of the 1500 block of Argyle Ave.
Sheppard and Peters are serving five-year prison sentences on drug charges. Lucas and Roary are being held in Baltimore's city jail without bail. The four are scheduled for arraignment March 27 before Circuit Judge Wanda Keyes Heard.
Man is fatally shot walking in west side
A man was fatally shot yesterday afternoon as he and a cousin were walking in West Baltimore, city police said.
The victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of immediate family members, and his male cousin were walking in the 2500 block of W. Baltimore St. about 4:40 p.m. when a gunman approached and shot him in the chest and stomach, police said. The cousin escaped injury.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Detectives Dennis Raftery or Bobby Patton at 410-396-2100.
Second man convicted in Cherry Hill killing
A Baltimore jury deliberated less than two hours yesterday before convicting Kenneth Sutton of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Dwight R. Love. Sutton, 22, of the 700 block of Deacon Hill Court is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 29.
Love, who lived in the 3400 block of Round Road in Cherry Hill, was shot four times as he walked near his home about 11 p.m. Jan. 29, 2001. Police say Love and several men had argued before the shooting.
Last week, Korey Mable, 22, of the 800 block of Roundview Road was convicted of second-degree murder in Love's death. He is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 27.
Man charged in Nov. killing is arrested in Virginia
A 22-year-old man was arrested late Monday in Richmond, Va., in the November killing of a 25-year-old man in Southwest Baltimore, city police said yesterday.
Jeremiah Harper of the 2900 block of Presstman St. in West Baltimore has been charged in an arrest warrant with first-degree murder and is being held in Virginia pending an extradition hearing. Harper is accused of fatally shooting Abdullah Barber-El in the 1400 block of Bloomingdale Road on Nov. 20.
Detectives with the city's Warrant Apprehension Task Force and U.S. marshals tracked Harper to a Richmond apartment complex, where they arrested him about 11 p.m. Police declined to release further details about the arrest or crime. Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Richard Purtell at 410-396-2100.
In Baltimore County
City man gets 10-year term in fatal shooting in Towson
TOWSON -- A Baltimore man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder yesterday in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old James Hubert Holland III at an East Towson housing complex in November 2000.
Baltimore County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr. sentenced Ernest Lee Harmon, 26, to 10 years in prison, saying that the case "had a lot of problems with it on both sides."
Police arrested and charged Harmon and a second man soon after the shooting in the 300 block of Hendrickson Lane. But prosecutors did not think they had enough evidence to go to trial, and let the case drop. In April, the state again charged Harmon, of the 1800 block of W. Lafayette Ave., when prosecutors said they had found more evidence and witnesses. Harmon maintained the state's newfound witnesses had been coerced by police.
Marathon effort to raise money for stroke research
TOWSON -- Train to End Stroke, a marathon-training program that raises money for the American Stroke Association, will hold a free information session Monday for people interested in walking or running the Kona Marathon in Hawaii in June.
Some of the funds raised by participants will be used to pay marathon-related expenses, with the rest going toward stroke-related research and programs.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Towson library, 320 York Road. Registration or information: 1-800-666-4483.
Representative to give business-related advice
RANDALLSTOWN -- Anyone who needs advice about starting a business, or about any business-related topics, can meet with a representative of the Service Corps of Retired Executives Monday at the Randallstown library., 8604 Liberty Road.
The representative will be available from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To make an appointment and register, call 410-887-0770 or visit the library.