City/County Digest


October 21, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man, 38, charged in robbery of church is denied bail

Barry K. Brooks, charged in an armed robbery in which a priest was slapped and thousands of dollars were stolen from a church, was denied bail yesterday in Baltimore District Court.

Brooks, 38, of the 1900 block of E. 31st St. was taken into custody Saturday at his home and was charged with armed robbery, assault and handgun violations.

Police said the robbery occurred after morning Mass on Oct. 13 in the rectory of the Shrine of the Little Flower Roman Catholic Church on Brendan Avenue in Northeast Baltimore. A man pretending to inquire about clothing donations pulled a handgun on a secretary and an elderly cleaning woman, and forced the Rev. Michael J. Orchik to open two parish safes and hand over $7,500 in petty cash, rent money that nuns pay the parish and Sunday services collections, police said.

Police identify 2 men killed on east-side street

City police identified yesterday two Baltimore men slain on an East Baltimore street Sunday morning as James Simpson, 42, and Roy Ward, 38.

The killings occurred about 12:15 a.m. when Ward and Simpson were playing dice with several other people in the 2500 block of E. Federal St. when two men approached and opened fire.

Simpson, of the 4800 block of Lorelly Ave., died at the scene, and Ward, of the 2600 block of E. Preston St., was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he later died. Anyone with information about the killings is urged to call detectives at 410-396-2100.

Water main break closes two city public schools

Two Baltimore public schools, Lombard Middle School and the Alternative Learning Center, were closed yesterday because of a water main break.

The schools, at 1601 E. Lombard Street, will be open today.

In Baltimore County

Man killed in Essex fire identified as city resident

ESSEX - The young man who died Sunday morning after an apartment fire in the 1400 block of Browning Drive has been identified as a 24-year-old Baltimore resident.

Michael T. Webb of the 700 block of Montpelier St. in Waverly was found in the bedroom of his girlfriend's apartment in the Essexshire Gate Apartments shortly after the fire was reported by a neighbor about 2:15 a.m. No one else was in the apartment at the time of the fire, said Elise Armacost, a Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman.

Webb was taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. A cause of death has not been established. Armacost said the fire is under investigation.

Senior center offering flu, pneumonia shots Thursday

COCKEYSVILLE - The Cockeysville Senior Center, 10535 York Road, will offer flu and pneumonia vaccinations from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Medicare Part B insurance will pay the full cost of both shots. Those without Medicare will be charged $20 for the flu shot, $25 for the pneumonia shot.

Information: 410-887-7694.

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