IN BALTIMORE CITY
2 teens plead guilty in carjacking death of unlicensed cabdriver
Two Baltimore men pleaded guilty yesterday to their roles in a murder committed during the carjacking of an unlicensed cabdriver last year, the city state's attorney's office announced.
Fearless Oral Morrison, 17, of the 3000 block of N. Rosedale Court and Timothy Maurice Lewis, 18, of the 2400 block of Winchester St. pleaded guilty to felony murder, attempted carjacking and related charges in the death of David Hammond on Sept. 23. Prosecutors said Hammond, 35, of the 3600 block of Copley Road, had driven the two to the 4800 block of Lindsay Road where Morrison attempted to carjack Hammond and then shot him to death. Morrison and Lewis fled on foot.
The two are scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 27. Morrison faces up to 55 years in prison and Lewis up to 50 years.
Woman whose body found in burning vehicle was shot
An unidentified woman whose badly burned body was found in a burning vehicle in the Forest Park neighborhood died from a single bullet wound to the head, the victim of a homicide, city police said yesterday.
Firefighters found the body of the African-American woman in the rear seat about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday as they extinguished flames that engulfed the interior of the 1991 Jeep Eagle Talon parked near homes in the 4000 block of Kathland Ave.
Officer Troy Harris, a city police spokesman, said the state medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide by gunshot. Ownership of the vehicle had not been determined, he said. Anyone with information is asked to call homicide Detective Jack McGrath at 410-396-2100.
Man found shot to death on Howard Park street
An unidentified man was found shot to death early yesterday on a street in the city's Howard Park neighborhood, city police reported.
About 1:20 a.m., Northwestern District officers responding to a report of a man shot in the 4700 block of Gwynn Oak Ave. found the victim lying in front of Wes Ben Body & Fender Shop, bleeding from a bullet wound to the upper body, said Officer Troy Harris, a city police spokesman.
The victim was declared dead at the scene, and his body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and possible identification through fingerprints.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call homicide Detective Eric Sharp at 410-396-2100.
IN BALTIMORE COUNTY
County Police Department wins two national awards
TOWSON - The National Association of Counties has named the Baltimore County Police Department the winner of two achievement awards for emergency response plans, police officials said yesterday.
The first award will be presented to the department's Office of Emergency Preparedness for training, planning and coordinating with other government agencies. The second recognizes the department's Active Shooter program, developed in 2001 with the county school system to create response tactics in the event of a school shooting.
The award ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday in Milwaukee.
Dundalk Middle is getting new principal, assistants
DUNDALK - Dundalk Middle School will have a new slate of administrators and 16 new teachers next school year, officials said yesterday.
Tom Shouldice, an assistant principal at Deer Park Middle Magnet last school year, has been named principal, replacing Frank J. Passaro, who is leaving the school system next month to take a job at Calvert Hall College High School, said Robert J. Kemmery, who oversees schools in southeastern Baltimore County.
One assistant principal resigned, and one was transferred to New Town High School, Kemmery said. Five special-education teachers left to avoid new certification requirements, and several other teachers left after having children, Kemmery said. "That's not an exceptional turnover rate," he said.
Homebuyers workshop is scheduled for today
HILLENDALE - Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore will hold a free homebuyers workshop from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at its Hillendale office, 1055 Taylor Ave., Suite 100-A.
Topics will include an overview of the home-purchasing process, a review of real estate jargon and information about incentives in the area.
Registration is required. Information: 410-769-8820.
Workshop to teach how to survey aquatic grasses
CHASE - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will hold a workshop Saturday at Dundee Creek in Gunpowder Falls State Park to teach volunteers how to survey underwater grasses in local waterways.
Participants will learn how to identify grasses and how to complete survey forms. Volunteers should have access to a canoe, kayak or small boat so that they can continue surveys during the growing season, which runs through October.
The workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A canoe excursion, resource materials and refreshments will be included. Registration: Marcy Damon, 443-482-2156.