City/County Digest


December 03, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man gets 25 years in long-delayed fatal beating case

A Baltimore man was sentenced in Circuit Court to 25 years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty in the fatal beating of a 65-year-old man on Valentine's Day last year.

William Torianto Flowers pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in the beating of Charles Bryant in the 600 block of N. Carey St. The plea came after Flowers' trial had been postponed nine times.

A previous murder case involving Flowers also was troubled by delays. In 1995, he was charged in a man's death, but after his case was postponed 17 times and a police evidence file was lost, prosecutors made a deal in which Flowers pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to the three years he had served while awaiting trial.

West-side shooting claims life of 20-year-old city man

A 20-year-old man died early yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, about 2 1/2 hours after being shot outside a house in West Baltimore, and police continued to seek his killer and uncover a motive for the slaying.

Gary Warren, 20, of the 900 block of Valley St. was standing in front of a house in the 2500 block of Lauretta Ave. on the west side about 10:40 p.m. Monday when an unknown assailant shot him once in the chest with a large-caliber semiautomatic handgun and fled on foot.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call Detectives Thomas Martin or Charles Bealefeld at 410-396-2100.

Toy drive for abused children set before Ravens game

A toy drive for abused children will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday - before the Baltimore Ravens-Cincinnati Bengals football game - on the Staples parking lot at Russell and Hamburg streets across from the stadium.

The toys are being collected by the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation and will be distributed through programs for abused children, including the Baltimore Ravens' Courage House at St. Vincent Center in Timonium. The shelter houses children ages 4 to 12.

The foundation - named for the Baltimore Colts trainer who died two decades ago - holds an annual awards dinner fund-raiser and supports Courage House facilities providing assistance for abused children and families in crisis across the nation in partnership with National Football League teams. Information: 443-527-4395.

In Baltimore County

Police seek two men in string of robberies

TOWSON - Baltimore County police are searching for two men who have committed 16 armed robberies in the county since September, and may be responsible for others in Howard and Anne Arundel counties.

Police say the men have targeted stores in shopping centers and malls. In most of the incidents, one man threatens the store clerk with a gun while the other acts as a lookout.

On Friday, police say, the men robbed two stores within an hour: EB World in the 10300 block of Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills and the Game Stop in the 1000 block of Taylor Ave. in Loch Raven. Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-2587.

Passenger in car dies after collision with bus

ESSEX - The passenger in a car that hit a school bus on Route 40 Monday afternoon near Martin State Airport died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

David D. Cabral, 19, of the first block of Seaford Ave. in Middle River was the passenger in a 1991 Volkswagen Golf that lost control on Route 40, spun around and hit a school bus waiting to make a left turn onto Martin Boulevard about 2 p.m. Monday, police said.

The driver of the car, Michael Vincent James, 19, of Chadford Court in Middle River was in critical condition at Shock Trauma yesterday. The bus driver, Deborah Virginia Frey, 48, of the 800 block of Maple Crest Drive in Middle River was treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and released. Police said the bus driver, employed by First Student Inc., was not at fault. No charges have been filed against the other driver, police said.

Grant-writing seminar set Saturday at library

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs will hold a free grant- and proposal-writing seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Towson library, 320 York Road.

The seminar will give community leaders, civic groups and others information on the basics of proposal writing to help them apply for block, community conservation, crime prevention and substance abuse grants.

Registration and continental breakfast are free. Those interested in attending are asked to respond by today. Information: 410-887-5557.

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