Harford Week

October 12, 2003

Edgewood youth charged in fatal shooting of teen

A 17-year-old Edgewood youth has been charged with fatally shooting another teen during an argument over items they are accused of taking during a carjacking Wednesday in Edgewood, authorities said.

Jordan Jahsan Ebeniro, 15, of the 400 block of Winterberry Drive, Edgewood, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center from a gunshot wound to his abdomen Thursday morning, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

Andre Dwayne Roundtree Jr. has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder and armed carjacking, said Edward Hopkins, a sheriff's spokesman. Roundtree is being held without bond in the Harford County Detention Center. Roundtree admitted to the killing and carjacking, according to charging documents.

About 8:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of Magnolia Woods Court, three men approached Dorthea H. Botts, 56, with a shotgun and took her jewelry, purse and keys to her 2003 gold Subaru Forester, Hopkins said.

A few blocks away, in the 1900 block of Brookside Drive, deputies responded to a report of a shooting about 10:15 p.m., authorities said.

There, two of the carjackers argued over how to split the loot, Hopkins said.

At the scene, Sgt. Kevin Shrader saw the Subaru without its lights on, Hopkins said. Shrader pursued the car until a man jumped out of the moving vehicle. Roundtree and a 19-year-old passenger were taken into custody.

Deputies found Ebeniro lying on a path circling Lake Serene in Edgewater.

The 19-year-old passenger was later released and is not facing charges. Hopkins said the teen-ager was "at the wrong place at the wrong time. We are quite certain that he is not involved."

Health Department seeks tobacco grant proposals

The Harford County Health Department is seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations for grant funding to implement smoking education and prevention programs in the county.

The available grant money is $76,628.

The deadline for grant submissions is 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Applications should be sent to the Harford County Health Department, Health Education Office, Bel Air 21014. Those interested in receiving the Cigarette Restitution Fund Grant Guidelines packet, may call 410-638-8405. To learn more about tobacco initiatives in Harford County, call Lanie Skittle-Watson Harford County Cancer and Tobacco Community Coalition coordinator, at 410-638-8485.

Halethorpe man sentenced in Jarrettsville girl's death

In a hearing punctuated by tears and sobs, a Halethorpe man was given a 10-year prison sentence Wednesday after he pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court to hitting and killing a 6-year-old Harford County girl with his truck at a Baltimore intersection, then fleeing the scene.

Guillermo Diaz-Lopez, 25, entered guilty pleas on counts of vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident in the death of Annie Cumpston of Jarrettsville, who had just left a March 22 circus performance with her family. She died hours later.

Diaz-Lopez, of the 400 block of Bigley Ave., was sentenced by Circuit Judge John M. Glynn to 10 years on the manslaughter count - the maximum penalty - and five for the flight count, which he will serve concurrently.

Perryman center open for victims of Isabel

About 275 victims of Tropical Storm Isabel have visited the Disaster Recovery Center at the Aberdeen Fire Department's Perryman Substation, 1437 Perryman Road.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency expects to keep the center open until at least Thursday. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. All county residents who were victims of the storm, including Havre de Grace residents, business owners and farmers, can get help at the center. FEMA workers and other staff can help with completing the applications for assistance. Personnel from the Small Business Administration will provide help to small-business owners. Information: Harford County Emergency Operations Center, 410-638-4900.

Harford council OKs bills to relieve school crowding

The Harford County Council approved two bills Tuesday evening to help relieve school crowding and monitor public facilities in the fast-growing jurisdiction.

The council voted 5-2 to halt approvals of preliminary construction plans for housing in areas where schools exceed 115 percent of capacity - or are projected to reach that level within five years. The current law stops approvals at 120 percent.

Members also voted 5-2 to form an advisory board to regularly review growth patterns to keep home development in line with school construction.

Merit Scholarship program commends Carroll seniors

Eleven seniors at John Carroll School have been named commended students in the 2004 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to Paul Barker, the school's principal.

The 11 seniors are: Kevin Anderson, Katharine Camden, Laura Connelly, Patrick Harrington, William Hughes, Ashley Marucci, Grace Matelli, Kelly Pitts, Christopher Porter, Stephanie Rew and Andrew Sacks.

They placed in the top 5 percent of the more than 1 million students who took the 2002 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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