City/County Digest

City/County Digest

April 04, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Man, 23, dies after jumping from Beltway overpass

STEVENSON - A 23-year-old Essex man jumped off the Stevenson Road overpass into oncoming traffic on the Baltimore Beltway yesterday morning, killing himself, Baltimore County police said.

Steven Hoppert of the 2000 block of Paperbark Road was hit by a tractor-trailer and a van headed east on the inner loop, police said. He was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center about 7:30 a.m.

Police said Hoppert had assaulted his 23-year-old girlfriend at her home in the 3100 block of Northbrook Road in Pikesville about 5 a.m., stole her 1998 Toyota Camry and crashed it into a retaining wall at Smith Avenue and Seven Mile Lane. He then walked to the overpass and jumped to the highway below, about a 40-foot drop, police said.

MedEvac unit transports its 100,000th patient

MIDDLE RIVER - The Maryland State Police aviation division has transported its 100,000th patient, an achievement that was marked with a short ceremony yesterday at Martin State Airport, home of the Baltimore County unit.

The troopers made their milestone trip Wednesday night when they transported a man who was struck by a vehicle in Cecil County, police said. The MedEvac unit was formed in 1970, when the first Bell Jet Ranger was placed in service. The unit has a fleet of 12 jet engine Dauphin helicopters, operating from eight airports across the state with 52 pilots, 49 flight medics and 19 support personnel, police said.

"I am very proud of this incredible accomplishment achieved by the dedicated men and woman of the [aviation unit]," state police Superintendent Col. Edward T. Norris said in a statement. "Together they have saved tens of thousands of lives."

African-American officials to hold summit tomorrow

CATONSVILLE - African-American clergy and representatives of community, labor and fraternal organizations in Baltimore County will hold a summit tomorrow to discuss county government hiring practices, minority achievement in education, development and other issues of importance to the black community.

Organizers say they will formulate an action plan at the end of the meeting, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Banneker Community Center, 25 Main Ave. in Catonsville.

Information: 410-786-5120.

In Baltimore City

Two men fatally shot in separate incidents

Two unidentified men were fatally shot last night about an hour apart in separate sections of the city.

About 10 p.m. in Harlem Park, a man was shot in the head in the 1800 block of W. Lafayette Ave.

An hour earlier, in the Pigtown section of Southeast Baltimore, police investigating reported gunshots in the 1100 block of Washington Blvd. found a man lying dead in the street from at least one bullet wound.

Officer allowed to await his drug trial at home

A federal judge agreed yesterday to release a Baltimore police officer on electronic home monitoring while he awaits trial on drug charges, a decision U.S. prosecutors said they would challenge.

Eduardo Munoz Jr., 32, who was suspended from his assignment on the criminal intelligence unit after his arrest Monday, is accused along with co-defendant Jose Raul Estala, 29, of selling cocaine and a gun to an undercover informant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Copperthite said Munoz showed an "absolute cold-bloodedness" in helping to put weapons and drugs on the street even as he wore his police badge and carried his service weapon. In releasing Munoz to his wife's custody, U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan K. Gauvey noted he had no criminal record and no history of violence.

`Spring Sweep' signup draws more than 5,000

More than 5,000 volunteers have signed up to work tomorrow as part of a citywide cleanup sponsored by the mayor's office, City Hall announced yesterday.

The "Super Spring Sweep Thing 4" event will coordinate the efforts of 259 community groups planting gardens, cleaning parks, removing trash from gutters and helping in other ways at scores of locations across the city. Others who would like to lend a hand are invited to join with their neighbors and clean up their sidewalks and alleyways, said Kurt Kocher, spokesman for the city's Department of Public Works.

"The ultimate goal is to get everybody out there citywide, cleaning their sidewalks, gutters and alleys," said Kocher. "The hope is to get people to take care of their own back yards and streets, not only on Saturday but every day."

NAACP branch to open computer laboratory today

The Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People opens a computer laboratory today that will be available free to the public.

Mayor Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele are scheduled to attend the 2 p.m. ribbon-cutting. The lab will be stocked with 10 Dell computers that will offer high speed Internet connections aimed primarily at assisting students who do not have access to such technology at home.

The lab will be available to the public between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the NAACP branch at 8 W. 26th St. NAACP officials said they expect to eventually add evening and weekend hours.

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