Regional Digest

REGIONAL DIGEST

March 15, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Maryland

State to receive U.S. aid for snowstorm cleanup

President Bush has made federal money available to Maryland to help the state recoup costs from last month's snowstorm, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday.

In a March 3 letter requesting federal disaster assistance, Ehrlich estimated that the state would need $55 million to cover the costs of snow removal from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17 in Baltimore and in Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's, Talbot and Washington counties.

"I applaud the Bush administration for acting swiftly in their declaration and am pleased that these emergency funds recognize our efforts to save lives, to protect property, protect public health and safety ... in a time of disastrous conditions," Ehrlich said in a written statement.

In Baltimore City

Police arrest boy, 17, in thefts of 2 squad cars

After a chase through West Baltimore yesterday with a city police helicopter hovering overhead, state police arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy with stealing two patrol cars last week.

Bryan K. Rose, of the 2800 block of W. North Ave., was charged as an adult with felony theft. Police allege that he stole two state police cruisers - one of them marked - March 4.

Police said investigators from the Golden Ring Barrack and Regional Auto Theft Task Force began looking for Rose about 10 a.m. near Carver Vocational-Technical High School. Some time after that, police said, he left the area in a stolen gold-colored Lexus. Police apprehended him in the boiler room of St. Agnes HealthCare about 2 p.m., and he was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Man, 29, fatally shot on West Baltimore street

A West Baltimore man was shot Thursday afternoon in the 1600 block of N. Calhoun Street and died of his wounds four hours later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, city police said.

John Cooley, 29, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Leslie St., was shot twice with a shotgun at 5:50 p.m., police said. He was the 49th homicide victim in the city this year.

No arrests were reported.

Parking to be limited for Hillen Road repaving

Parking will be restricted along Hillen Road in Northeast Baltimore starting Monday as it is resurfaced from East 33rd Street to Argonne Drive, city transportation officials said yesterday.

The work is expected to take about seven months. Curbs will be removed, and crews will repave the street daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Frederick County

Man, 25, is arrested in death of 9-month-old

FREDERICK - Police arrested a man yesterday they suspect of killing the 9-month-old daughter of his girlfriend.

Tyrone Holmes, 25, who was living in an apartment on Sagner Drive in East Frederick, was found in Leesburg, Va., and was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Yakaira Cheatam, said Lt. Thomas Chase of the Frederick police.

The infant's body was found about 10:20 p.m. Thursday at her home, Chase said. The medical examiner has ruled that the baby died of multiple force trauma.

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