City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

April 15, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Post office traffic changed to handle last-minute tax filers

Anticipating the annual rush of taxpayers making the almost-midnight dash to mail returns by the deadline, the city Department of Transportation has announced temporary changes today in traffic patterns for several streets near the main post office at 900 E. Fayette St.

North High Street, usually one-way northbound, will reverse to southbound only between Baltimore and Fayette streets from 5 p.m. until midnight. Also, parking will be prohibited along both sides of Fayette from Colvin to Front streets. The right lane of Fayette will be used for those dropping off tax returns to postal employees stationed at the curb until midnight.

Transportation officials also announced an unrelated change that will affect downtown traffic tonight -- paving at the intersection of Charles and Fayette streets that will reduce the number of lanes between 8 p.m. and midnight.

Man who shot couple sentenced to 50 years

A man who shot a couple two years ago after an argument in West Baltimore, killing the man and injuring the woman, was sentenced yesterday to 50 years in prison.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Brooke Murdock handed down the sentence to David Harvey in the Nov. 16, 2001, shootings of Anthony Johnson, 24, and Tainia R. Sparrow, 21. Harvey, 21, of the 4000 block of Belle Ave. received consecutive sentences of 30 years for second-degree murder and 20 years for using a handgun to commit a violent crime.

Jurors convicted Harvey on Jan. 30 for shooting the couple outside a carryout restaurant in the 3500 block of Dolfield Ave. after Sparrow spurned his attentions.

Authorities release names of 3 men shot, one fatally

The victims of a triple shooting Sunday night in Northwest Baltimore -- one of them fatally wounded -- were named yesterday by city police, but no arrest had been made and a motive was unknown.

Officers investigating a reported shooting in the 3000 block of Oakley Ave. about 11:15 p.m. found Marcus Gordon, 20, of the 2700 block of Ruscombe Lane dead from at least one bullet wound to the head. Wounded and taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center were Courtney Jamar Ellison, 20, who was shot in the back, and Gregorieo Consad, 25, shot in the chest and stomach, police said.

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

In Baltimore County

Man convicted of murder, robbery in woman's death

TOWSON -- A Baltimore County jury has found Wesley A. Rollins guilty of felony murder, robbery and burglary in the death two years ago of 71-year-old Irene Ebberts.

The verdict, which the jury returned Friday after more than 12 hours of deliberation, means Rollins could be sentenced to death. Baltimore County Circuit Judge John F. Fader II will make that decision at Rollins' sentencing hearing, which has not been scheduled.

The 55-year-old Rollins, of Glen Burnie, was accused of smothering Ebberts with a pillow as he burglarized her home in Catonsville. The defense had argued that Ebberts was not murdered, but had died naturally from her many illnesses.

Auto service business held up by armed robber

MILFORD MILL -- The manager and an employee at a Jiffy Lube were tied up by an armed robber who ransacked the store safe yesterday morning, Baltimore County police said.

The manager was opening the auto service business in the 8100 block of Liberty Road about 7:30 a.m. when the robber entered, displayed a handgun and emptied the contents of the safe, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman.

A description of the robber was not immediately available; detectives were interviewing witnesses yesterday, Vinson said.

Program scheduled tonight on conservation landscaping

CHASE -- Susan Zwicker, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will present a program tonight on bayscapes at the Marshy Point Nature Center.

Bayscaping is a type of conservation landscaping that uses native plants to improve wildlife habitat and water quality.

Zwicker's free illustrated lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. at the center in Dundee and Saltpeter Creeks Park on Eastern Avenue. Information: 410-887-2817.

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