Regional Digest

Regional Digest

March 06, 2004

In Maryland

Cheltenham guard charged with assault on teen-ager

A staff member at the state-run Cheltenham Youth Facility in Prince George's County was charged this week with assaulting a 16-year-old male during a scuffle at the detention center last month.

Tyjuan Demond Atkinson, 25, of Fort Belvoir, Va., is accused of striking the youth in the head with a radio handset Feb. 19, according to Maryland State Police. Atkinson was placed on administrative leave.

Police said Atkinson and the youth were arguing on the grounds of the facility when the youth rushed toward the staff member but was restrained. The youth then charged a second time at Atkinson, and police say Atkinson hit the boy.

The youth was treated for what a department statement characterized as a minor head injury. Atkinson was charged with second-degree assault and making a false statement to police.

In Baltimore County

Death of man suspected in arson ruled a suicide

RANDALLSTOWN - The death Tuesday of a 62-year-old arson suspect who had been the target of a search in rural northwest Baltimore County was ruled a suicide by the state medical examiner's officer, police said yesterday.

The medical examiner's office determined that William E. Tinkler died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, county police said yesterday. Tinkler was found dead after members of the Ranger Tactical Team from the state Department of Natural Resources surrounded him in a remote section of Soldiers Delight state park, police said.

Man sought after robbery of bank in Middle River

MIDDLE RIVER - Police are seeking the man who robbed a bank yesterday.

The man waited in line at the Bank of America branch in the 1200 block of Windlass Road, handed the teller a note demanding money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. The robber is described as a white male, 40 to 45 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build, a graying mustache and acne-scarred face. He was wearing a dark-blue knit cap and a waist-length, dark jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police, 410-307-2020; or Metro Crime Stoppers, 866-756-2587.

In Baltimore City

Man gets life in prison plus 50 years for killing

A city Circuit Court judge sentenced a 22-year-old man to life plus 50 years yesterday for fatally shooting a man in front of the victim's mother, then trying to shoot the mother.

Kenneth Cook of the 1900 block of E. Fayette St. was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in October. Judge Wanda K. Heard sentenced him yesterday.

Cook confronted Quintin Higgins and his mother in the 100 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. on April 24, 2002, and accused Higgins of taking $300 from a friend, prosecutors said. Cook shot Higgins four times, then tried to shoot Robin Higgins, but the gun wouldn't fire.

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