Regional Digest

Regional Digest

January 19, 2003|By From staff reports

In Montgomery County

Ranger fatally shoots man suspected in carjacking

POOLESVILLE - A National Park Service ranger shot and killed a Gaithersburg man after a scuffle yesterday morning on River Road near the Potomac River, Montgomery County police said. It was later determined the man was the suspect in a carjacking seven hours earlier, but that wasn't known to the ranger at the time of the shooting, police said.

The sequence of events began at 1 a.m. yesterday when a Regency Cab driver picked up Paul Anthony Nelms, 28, of the 900 block of West Side Drive.The cabdriver took Nelms two blocks, then Nelms demanded money and severely beat the driver in the face and head, police said. Nelms took the cab and left the driver on West Side Drive.

About 8 a.m., a park service ranger on routine patrol spotted the cab on a boat ramp at the end of River Road, across the Potomac from Leesburg, Va. The ranger saw Nelms standing near the cab without a winter coat. The ranger approached Nelms , a struggle ensued and Nelmswas shot and killed.

Police did not release the park ranger's identity.

In Baltimore City

King birthday parade to affect traffic, parking

Four city streets will be closed and parking will be restricted for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade, which begins at noon tomorrow.

The annual parade will begin at the State Office Complex at Eutaw and Preston streets and proceed south along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Baltimore Street, where it will disband. The parade will be held rain or shine.

Driving and parking will be prohibited on these streets from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.: Eutaw Street from Dolphin Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard; Preston Street from Madison Avenue to Eutaw Street and Madison Street from Dolphin Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Southbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Baltimore Street to Washington Boulevard will be closed from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The southbound side of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Eutaw Street to Washington Boulevard and the left lane of northbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Washington Boulevard to Eutaw Street will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In Carroll County

Man, girlfriend held in assault on his mother

TANEYTOWN - Maryland State Police said they arrested a 32-year-old man and his girlfriend at their home early yesterday on charges of attempted homicide in an assault on the man's mother in Penn Township, Pa.

Michael Anthony Giron and Michele Lee Murphy, 30, were arrested in the 400 block of Clover Court in Taneytown after state police had been provided with an address for the couple and a description of their vehicle.

Penn Township police said Giron had cut the throat of his mother, Freda Giron of Penn Township, Friday night and then took his three children - ages 12, 11 and 9 - who had been in her custody. The children were found in his Taneytown home unharmed shortly after the 2:45 a.m. arrest yesterday. Freda Giron, 59, was listed in satisfactory condition at York Hospital yesterday.

Man, 18, hospitalized after car hits utility pole

HAMPSTEAD - An 18-year-old man was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after his car hit a utility pole on Brodbecks Road late Friday, state police said.

Alexander Cater of the 1000 block of Gypsum Drive in Hampstead was driving north on Brodbeck Road approaching Route 30 when his Toyota Celica hit the pole. Police said excessive speed appeared to be a factor in the crash. Cater, who was the only person in the car, was taken to Shock Trauma by helicopter.

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