City/County Digest


March 29, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Pikesville man killed in car accident on I-695 inner loop

WOODLAWN - A 23-year-old Pikesville man was killed early yesterday after he lost control of his Ford Focus on the Beltway's inner loop in Woodlawn and barreled into two other cars, state police reported.

The victim, Charles Michael Smith of the 500 block of Marshall Ave., was trapped in the car, which flipped several times and came to rest partially on a concrete barrier between the inner and outer loops at the Interstate 70 exit, said Tfc. Tyrone Powell. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.

One of the cars involved in the crash shortly before 12:40 a.m. - a Mazda 626 driven by Sean Ross, 19, of Catonsville - also overturned several times before landing upside-down on the right shoulder, Powell said. Ross and his passenger, Teneill Wilson, 19, of Randallstown, were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Ross was released and Wilson was reported in serious condition. The occupants of the third car, a Buick Park Avenue, were treated at the scene, police said.

Woman, 20, stabbed in face during concert at university

TOWSON - A 20-year-old woman was stabbed in the face during a rap concert at Towson University late Saturday after an altercation that started on the dance floor, school officials said. Authorities did not release the name of the victim, but said her injuries were not life-threatening.

The incident took place just days before students were scheduled to return to campus from spring break and during a concert sponsored by Three Six Mafia, which rented the Towson Center for its event, said university spokeswoman Susanna Craine. The university was not a sponsor of the event, she said.

The victim and her sister were apparently dancing when they were approached by two other women, sparking a scuffle that on-site security was able to break up, Craine said. As the victim and her sister were leaving about 10 p.m., they were approached by the same two women, she said. The victim was stabbed during the second fight, she said.

No arrests had been made, and anyone with information about the incident was asked to call university police at 410-704-2134.

`We Are Family' nonprofit opens headquarters

RANDALLSTOWN - "We Are Family" Community Development Corp. has opened a headquarters at 8611 Church Lane.

The corporation, which is a nonprofit arm of Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, is working on plans for a family development center and a Christian school. It also plans to extend assistance for job seekers and entrepreneurs and offer enrichment programs for students and seniors.

Information may be obtained from the Rev. Linda Mouzon at 410-922-1841.

In Baltimore City

One homeless person died this winter due to weather

City officials will announce today that Baltimore sustained one weather-related death of a homeless person this winter, the fewest in the past decade.

Officials are crediting the record low to Baltimore's Code Blue operation, which housed 3,780 people on 22 frigid nights this past winter at the Oliver Recreation Center at 1400 E. Federal St.

Over the past 10 years, 74 people have died of hypothermia. Mayor Martin O'Malley challenged the Health Department in 2002 to provide emergency shelter on the coldest nights to avoid such deaths. Four deaths were recorded during the 2002-2003 winter.

A code-blue night is typically declared when the temperature falls below 20 degrees, or 25 degrees with precipitation and sustained winds of 15 mph.

Gunfire from passing car wounds 4 on city street

Four males were wounded by gunfire from a passing vehicle early yesterday as they walked together on an East Baltimore street, city police reported.

They were walking about 12:10 a.m. in the 2700 block of McElderry St., on their way to a party, when a vehicle approached and someone inside fired several shots from a semiautomatic weapon, said Lt. Kenneth Finkenbinder of the Southeastern District.

The victims were identified as Randolph Adams, 18, of the 800 block of Woodward Ave., who was shot in the stomach; Anthony Shedrick, 24, of the 200 block of N. Luzerne St., who was hit in the left shoulder; and Devon Wilson, 20, of the 1000 block of N. Curley St., who was shot in the right arm. The fourth victim, a 14-year-old boy from Northwest Baltimore, was wounded in the right leg. None of the wounds appeared life-threatening, police said.

The motive for the shooting is unknown. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Southeastern District officers at 410-396-2422.

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