City/County Digest


March 05, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Officer hospitalized after being struck and pinned by car

A city police officer was injured yesterday when he was struck by a car while preparing to ticket the driver of another car for speeding near the former site of Memorial Stadium in Waverly, a police spokesman said.

Officer Michael King, 41, who is assigned to the motorcycle unit, was writing a speeding ticket for a motorist stopped in the 900 block of E. 33rd St. about 5:30 p.m. when the driver of a Mazda Protege drove around an Maryland Transit Administration bus and struck King, pinning him between the two vehicles, said spokesman Officer Troy Harris.

King was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. Harris said police are investigating.

Two state police cars are stolen, then recovered

Two state police cars, reported stolen about 9 o'clock last night in separate incidents while officers attended church services, were recovered. No arrests had been made, state police said.

An unmarked 1998 Ford Crown Victoria was stolen from the parking lot at Christian Life Church in the 6600 block of Liberty Road and was recovered four blocks away after the thief crashed it into a fence in front of a house, said Maj. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman.

The other car, a marked 1997 Ford Crown Victoria was stolen from the parking lot at Frederick Douglass High School and contained the trooper's off-duty handgun. That car, Shipley said, was recovered about midnight in an alley off Bateman Avenue in Southwest Baltimore. Shipley said the trooper's gun was found in the car.

Man fatally shot in car on restaurant parking lot

A 22-year-old man was fatally shot in the back seat of a car on a parking lot of a downtown Baltimore restaurant early Monday, police said yesterday.

Craig Dion Cooley, of no known address, was shot about 2:30 a.m. as he sat in the rear of a friend's Honda on the parking lot of the Upper Deck Restaurant in the first block of S. Eutaw St., police said.

The friend, whom police did not identify, heard gunshots and noticed his friend slumped in the back of the car. Police said the friend took Cooley to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Cooley died about 12 hours later.

Anyone with information is urged to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

Grand jury indicts woman in scalding death of son, 5

A Baltimore grand jury indicted a 23-year-old woman yesterday on charges of first-degree murder in the scalding of her 5-year-old son.

Sheila Avery of the 600 block of N. Monroe St. is accused of putting her son, Travon Morris, into a bathtub filled with hot water Jan. 5. Travon suffered first- and second-degree burns over 50 percent of his body and died Feb. 15 at the University of Maryland Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where he had been in critical condition.

Avery's arraignment is scheduled for April 25.

Special Olympics schedules speed skating tournament

The Baltimore City Special Olympics Speed Skating Tournament will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Pleasant Ice Arena, 6101 Hillen Road.

More than 200 people will compete for medals in 300- meter, 100-meter, 50-meter and 10-meter races. Admission is free; the public is welcome.

Information: 410-396-8904.

In Baltimore County

Ex-police officer accused of molesting 2 young girls

TOWSON -- A former Baltimore County police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting two children at his home last summer, county police said yesterday.

Kevin Douglas Strack, 39, whose last known address was in the 600 block of St. Georges Station Road in Reisterstown, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of a third-degree sex offense, police said. He was released after posting $50,000 bail. Strack was with the department 16 years before resigning June 21, 2001.

Police said they received information Feb. 16 that a 10-year-old and a 9-year-old were molested last summer when the girls spent the night at Strack's house with his two daughters.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 410-853- 3650.

Memorial benefit concert set tomorrow at Perry Hall

PERRY HALL -- The 10th anniversary John Joseph DiLutis Memorial Concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Perry Hall High School auditorium. Proceeds will fund a scholarship awarded to seniors who plan to pursue music as a college major or minor.

The concert is in honor of John J. DiLutis Jr., a trombonist and Perry Hall graduate who died in 1993 at age 26. Tickets are $5 and $3 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased at the door.

Information: 410-887-5108.

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