City/county Digest


January 23, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Homicide ruled in death of woman found behind school

A 25-year-old woman who was found unconscious, beaten and raped behind a city middle school in June died this week, and her death has been ruled a homicide, police said yesterday.

Emma O'Hearn of the 600 block of S. Pulaski St. was partially clothed when she was found by two girls behind Calverton Middle School in West Baltimore on June 10, police said. O'Hearn was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and transferred to University Specialty Hospital, where she died Tuesday, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call detectives at 410-396-2100.

Woman, 25, convicted of killing her boyfriend

A 25-year-old Baltimore woman was found guilty yesterday in city Circuit Court of first-degree murder in the kidnapping and shooting death of her boyfriend.

A jury found that Jenene Brown of the 2600 block of W. Belvedere Ave. participated in the murder of William T. Dorsey, her boyfriend of two years. Dorsey was found dead Nov. 28, 2002, in Hanlon Park near Gwynns Falls Parkway. At one point, one of Dorsey's kidnappers called a friend of the victim and asked for a ransom of $20,000, prosecutors said.

Brown was found guilty of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to kidnap and handgun charges. Sentencing is scheduled for March 18 before Judge John M. Glynn.

Girl, 12, badly injured when struck by car

A 12-year-old girl was in critical condition after being struck by a car near her Northeast Baltimore home yesterday afternoon, city police said.

Tonya McClenlan, a pupil at Chinquapin Middle School, was standing in the 1100 block of Woodbourne Ave. with several other children about 3:15 p.m. when she ran into the street and was struck by a 2000 Kia traveling east, said Officer Raymond Howard, a traffic investigator.

The driver, whose name was not released, stopped and remained at the scene, Howard said. Tonya was taken by ambulance to the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the officer said.

O'Malley honored for promoting arts

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Americans for the Arts honored Mayor Martin O'Malley yesterday with an award for his efforts to promote local cultural events.

O'Malley received the 2004 National Award for Local Arts Leadership during the U.S. Conference of Mayors' meeting in Washington. He was praised for creating arts programs in schools, establishing arts districts in the city and elevating the city Office of Promotion & the Arts to Cabinet-level status.

Other awards were bestowed on Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, singer Tony Bennett and actor Henry Winkler.

In Baltimore County

Truck owners sought to remove Isabel debris

TOWSON - Baltimore County officials are seeking volunteers - especially those with trucks - to help victims of Tropical Storm Isabel move their debris to trash containers that the county will provide to east-side communities.

Volunteers with trucks are needed Saturdays through the end of March. Information: 410-887-2715.

Transit riders group to meet tomorrow

RANDALLSTOWN - The Transit Riders Action Coalition will meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Randallstown Library to discuss public transportation concerns.

Among the issues to be raised are the need for a bus shelter at Old Court Road and Church Lane; cell phone use by bus drivers; dirty buses; and drivers who run ahead of schedule. A representative of the Maryland Transit Administration will be present to answer questions.

The meeting is open to the public. The library is at 8604 Liberty Road.

St. Joseph auxiliary to hold art auction

TOWSON - The St. Joseph Medical Center Auxiliary will hold its second art auction at 8 p.m. Jan. 31 in the center's Canticle Room. Proceeds benefit the auxiliary.

More than 200 pieces of custom-framed art, estate jewelry, sports memorabilia and sculpture will be offered for sale. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a wine and cheese party.

Admission is $35. Information and tickets: 410-337-1398.

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