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December 31, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Two teens fatally shot; homicide toll for year climbs to 271

Two teen-age males were fatally shot last night on a Northeast Baltimore street during what may have been an attempted robbery, police said.

Shortly before 11 p.m., three boys between ages 16 and 18 were standing and talking in the 3100 block of Mareco Ave. in the Belair-Edison community when a gunman approached and reportedly demanded their money and valuables, police said.

When one of the victims turned and fled down the street, the gunman shot the two remaining boys in the head at point-blank range, killing both, police said. No arrest had been made. The victims' names were withheld pending notification of family members.

The deaths bring to 271 the number of homicides committed in the city this year, 18 more than last year, police said. Anyone knowing the identity of the gunman is urged to call the homicide squad at 410-396-2100.

Man, 22, fatally shot in apparent robbery

A 22-year-old man was shot to death in South Baltimore in an apparent robbery early yesterday, police said.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting in the 2500 block of Marbourne Ave. found Ramon Albritton lying on the sidewalk, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head about 1:30 a.m., police said.

Albritton, who lived on the block, died at the scene. Police said the motive was an apparent robbery but could provide no further details. Anyone with information is urged to call detectives at 410-396-2100.

Music group from Poland to perform at church benefit

Kolesie, a music group from Warsaw, Poland, will perform at a New Year's Eve celebration. The event will raise funds to help save St. Stanislaus Polish Roman Catholic Church in Fells Point from being sold to developers, organizers said.

Admission is $60 and covers dinner, dancing and entertainment. The event at 1732 E. Lombard St. will begin at 8 p.m. and continue through early New Year's Day.

Information: 410-276-7676.

Free rides home available for New Year's partygoers

New Year's Eve partygoers can get free rides home at certain bars and restaurants from midnight today to 8 a.m. tomorrow. The rides will be provided by Yellow Transportation, the parent company of Yellow Cab, and Budweiser/Winner Distributing, an Anheuser-Busch distributor.

To participate in Sober Ride/Alert Cab, revelers must give their car keys to the designated employee at the bar or restaurant where they are celebrating. When it is time to go home, the employee will call a cab for the customer. Yellow Cab and the distributing company are underwriting the cost.

"I strongly encourage citizens to take advantage of Sober Ride," said Al Foxx, Baltimore director of transportation. "Let's all be responsible on New Year's Eve so that we can enjoy 2004 in its entirety."

In Baltimore County

Ex-assisted-living manager gets 44 days in jail in abuse

WOODLAWN -- A former house manager at an assisted-living home in Woodlawn was found guilty of abuse and sentenced to 44 days in jail for punching a schizophrenic man in the face in September 2001, state Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. announced yesterday.

Dale Avery Woodard, 42, of the 2400 block of W. Lexington St. in Baltimore was found guilty of punching the man in the face with a closed fist. The 49-year-old victim, who is also bipolar, suffered a bruised eye and cheekbone. At the time, Woodard worked for Hixon Options Assisted Living.

County District Judge Bruce Sewell Lamdin sentenced Woodard to three years of incarceration, with all but 44 days suspended, and two years of supervised probation. Lamdin also ordered Woodard to stay out of the direct-care field for two years.

The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. It took a longer time to process the case because Woodard missed several court dates, said Jamie St. Onge, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office.

Red Cross collecting blood in Towson and Eastpoint

TOWSON -- With supplies dwindling, the Red Cross has scheduled two blood drives in Baltimore County.

The first will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Towson Armory, 307 Washington Ave., and the second from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 22 at Eastpoint Mall, 7835 Eastern Ave. Appointments: 800-448-3543.

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross reports that it has collected 65 percent of the blood needed to meet the needs of patients at local hospitals.

`Issues and eggs' breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday

WHITE MARSH -- The Essex-Middle River-White March Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual "issues and eggs" breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The chamber has invited all elected officials in its trade area to discuss state, county and city issues. The cost is $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers. Reservations are due by Friday.

Information: 410-686-2233.

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