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February 27, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Grand jury indicts man in carjacking, fatal shooting

A Baltimore grand jury indicted a 19-year-old man yesterday on charges of first-degree murder and armed carjacking in the fatal shooting of a 67-year- old man.

Gerard Moore of the 2900 block of Parkwood Ave. was found driving the car of Hughey Chisholm Jr. on Feb. 3, the day after police found Chisolm's body in the 2300 block of Orem Ave.

Moore is being held in lieu of bail in the Baltimore City Detention Center. He is to be arraigned May 23 before Baltimore Circuit Judge Paul Smith.

City man's conviction in hack murder overturned

ANNAPOLIS -- The state's second-highest court overturned yesterday the murder conviction of a West Baltimore man who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder in June 2000 of a "hack" driver in an apparent robbery in the city.

Deon Christopher Carter, who is serving life without parole for a Virginia murder, is entitled to a new trial in the fatal shooting of Shawn Powell, the Court of Special Appeals said.

The judges said that prosecutors should not have been allowed to show jurors notes referring to the killing that were found in Carter's cell, and that those notes probably contributed to the guilty verdict. The attorney general's office argued that it was a harmless mistake because it had other evidence against Carter -- his fingerprints and handprints were found in the cab, and he tried to flee when arrested.

African-American festival set for three days in June

The second African American Heritage Festival will be held June 6, 7 and 8 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Mayor Martin O'Malley and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume announced yesterday.

Last year, organizers raised $500,000 to sponsor the festival that drew more than 480,000.

"That's off-the-hook good," O'Malley said yesterday at a news conference to announce the dates. The mayor attributed the free festival's success to the leadership of Mfume, chairman of the African American Festival Foundation. Mfume said $40,000 had been raised for this year's event, which will feature food, arts, music and other exhibitions. Organizers are working to book major entertainment acts.

Ex-radio reporter named O'Malley's press secretary

Raquel Guillory, a former radio reporter, was introduced as Mayor Martin O'Malley's new press secretary yesterday. O'Malley said he reorganized his public relations staff to improve communications with the news media and community organizations.

Guillory, 35, was spokeswoman for former Gov. Parris N. Glendening. Most recently, she was press secretary at the state Department of the Environment for two weeks before leaving Jan. 15. Guillory once worked as Maryland correspondent for Metro Networks, a national radio network.

She replaces Tony White, who was O'Malley's press secretary for three years. White now will be the mayor's director of communications for the Office of Neighborhoods.

City delays return to normal trash pickup

With snow-removal efforts again under way, the city Department of Public Works postponed until at least Monday a return to normal residential trash, recycling and bulk pickup services.

Trash and recycling items will be picked up only from the front of homes through Saturday, and bulk collections will not resume until Monday, said Public Works Director George L. Winfield.

The public also may take trash, recyclables and bulk items to any of the department's five drop-off facilities between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Those sites are: Quarantine Road Sanitary Landfill, 6100 Quarantine Road; Northwest Transfer Station, 5030 Reisterstown Road; Western Sanitation Yard, 701 Reedbird Ave.; Eastern Sanitation Yard, 6101 Bowleys Lane; and Northwest Sanitation Yard, 2840 Sisson St.

In Baltimore County

Randallstown man, 90, identified as crash victim

REISTERSTOWN -- Baltimore County police have identified the 90-year-old man who was killed Monday evening in a two-car accident on Reisterstown Road near McDonogh Road.

Henry Frederick Himmelheber of the 3800 block of Marriottsville Road in Randallstown was driving north on Reisterstown Road in a 1990 Honda Accord about 8:30 p.m. when he tried to turn left at McDonogh Road and crossed in front of an oncoming Jeep Cherokee, police said. Himmelheber was pronounced dead at Northwest Hospital Center shortly after the crash.

The driver of the Jeep, Pemela West, 36, of the 600 block of Glyndon Place in Reisterstown, and her son were treated for minor injuries at Northwest Hospital and released, police said.

Police seek public's help to identify store robber

ROSEDALE -- Baltimore County police are asking for the public's help to identify a robber who grabbed cash from a convenience store clerk Sunday evening.

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