City/county Digest


March 18, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Officer fatally shoots man in confrontation in east-side alley

A city police officer shot and killed a man late last night in an East Baltimore alley when the man attempted to attack the officer with a length of wood, police reported. The name of the officer and that of the victim, believed to be in his early 20s, were not available.

About 11:30 p.m., an officer assigned to the Organized Crime Division - a unit that deals with drug activity - was in an alley behind the 1600 block of E. Oliver St. when he ordered a man to halt, police said.

The man refused, then turned toward the officer and threatened him with a wooden board, police said.

Police said the officer warned the man more than once to drop the board, then pulled his 9 mm Glock semiautomatic handgun and shot the man either in the head or upper chest.

The man fell to the pavement and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Prayer vigil held for girl, 12, beaten at birthday party

A prayer vigil was held yesterday in honor of Nicole Townes -- the 12-year-old girl who was brutally beaten by a group of women and girls at a birthday party Feb. 28.

Nicole, who awoke from a coma last week, is breathing on her own but still unable to speak, said the Rev. Durrell Williams of the Full Gospel Deliverance Church, 1053 N. Milton Ave. She is listed in fair condition at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Five people -- two women and three teens -- were charged in the incident. One of the women encouraged the others to beat Nicole after a boy kissed her on a dare, police said.

Jackie Robinson's daughter to speak at Pratt library

The daughter of Jackie Robinson, who broke race barriers when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, will speak to students about her new book, Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America, at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the central Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Sharon Robinson will discuss her book with about 70 students from Lombard Middle School and Hamilton Elementary and Middle schools. The book describes her father's youth in Georgia and his rise to become major-league baseball's first African-American player.

Each student who attends the event will receive a book, thanks in part to a donation from the law firm of Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz. Information, 410-396-5283.

In Baltimore County

Police Department to hold promotion ceremony

TIMONIUM -- A lieutenant, three sergeants and five corporals will be sworn in tomorrow during a Police Department promotion ceremony headed by Chief Terrence B. Sheridan at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

Two of the new sergeants will be a father-and-son team -- Jay C. Landsman Sr. and Jay C. Landsman Jr., the first such event in the 129-year history of the department, said Bill Toohey, police spokesman.

Robert B. Derbyshire will be promoted from sergeant to lieutenant and Ronald H. Brooks from corporal to sergeant. Rising from officer to the rank of corporal are: David M. Bennett, Donald O. Chambers, James T. McCormick Jr., Clifton Nelson Jr. and Matthew M. Weatherly.

Man accused of blowing up home in Nov. kills himself

ESSEX -- A 38-year-old Essex man accused of blowing up his home in November took his own life last week, police said.

Cecil W. Himes Jr. had been trying to asphyxiate himself when his house exploded Nov. 2, police said. Seven people, including four firefighters, were injured in the blast.

Himes was awaiting trial on charges of reckless endangerment. Police said a family member found his body.

Children's garden club to begin sessions Saturday

TOWSON -- Children's Gardening Club, for ages 5 through 13, will begin its 33-week session Saturday in Cromwell Valley Park.

During the series, which will be held Saturday mornings and costs $35 to attend, children will be taught to grow organic vegetables, flowers and herbs. They also will be taught to make pumpkin bread. The park is on Cromwell Bridge Road. Information: 410-887-2503.

The 371-acre park will sponsor an early-afternoon program for children ages 3 and older on Saturday. Participants will learn how chickens develop from egg to adult. Reservations are required for the $2 program; children younger than age 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

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