City/County Digest


March 31, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Police say killing may be retaliation for earlier shootings

A man suspected in the non-fatal shootings early Sunday of three men and a boy on a street in East Baltimore was fatally shot last night outside a grocery store a few blocks away, authorities said.

City police said the slaying appeared to be in retaliation for the shootings in the 2700 block of McElderry St., in which an 18-year-old woman was arrested earlier in the day on charges of attempted murder.

The man killed last night - whose name was withheld - was found shot in the head outside a Super Farms store in the 600 block of N. Milton Ave. about 7:40 p.m. by police, said Detective Gina Pugliano.

The other suspect in the McElderry Street shootings - 18-year-old Marion Daughton - was arrested about 11 a.m. at her home in the 200 block of N. Milton Ave. by members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force and held at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

Police identify victim in fatal bus stop shooting

A man fatally shot early Monday during a bus-stop robbery in which a companion was wounded was identified yesterday by city police, but no arrest had been made.

The man killed was Obed Miranda, age unknown, of the 1100 block of N. Mount St. He and a friend, whose name was not divulged, were standing at a bus stop in the 1700 block of W. Saratoga St. about 2:40 a.m. when two gunmen demanded their money and property. After one man gave up his watch, the gunmen shot the victims in the face at close range.

Miranda died several hours later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where his friend was reported in fair condition. Police said they believe both victims are undocumented immigrants.

Couple and their mothers plead guilty in drug case

A 29-year-old man, his girlfriend and both of their mothers have pleaded guilty in Baltimore's U.S. District Court to federal charges for their roles in an Eastern Shore cocaine ring, authorities said.

Ronald Seldon of Salisbury pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and money laundering, in a deal just before his scheduled trial before Judge J. Frederick Motz. He could receive a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison or up to life in prison and a $4 million fine.

His mother, Yvonne Seldon, girlfriend Edwina Harmon and her mother, Sylvia Harmon, also pleaded guilty Monday to helping to hide the proceeds from his drug operation by buying vehicles and jewelry. The women - who also were scheduled for trial this week - face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on the money laundering charge.

In Baltimore County

Water main breaks force closure of two schools

TOWSON - Two Baltimore County schools were forced to close yesterday morning because of water main breaks.

Carver Center for Arts and Technology was closed after a main break at Fairmount Avenue and York Road disrupted water service to it and about 35 businesses. Westowne Elementary was closed because of a break in the 400 block of Academy Road, which affected an unspecified number of homes. Schools spokesman Charles Herndon said both schools expect to open today.

Baltimore County has been experiencing a rash of water main breaks. Many have been blamed on aging or defective pipes, said Kurt Kocher of the Baltimore City Public Works Department, which oversees the county's water system.

Yard waste pickup to resume tomorrow

TOWSON - As of tomorrow, Baltimore County will resume biweekly collection of yard materials from more than 150,000 single-family homes and townhouses that have a "Y" on their collection schedule.

Grass, leaves and small brush must be put in paper or plastic bags. Bags must weigh no more than 30 pounds. Branches and limbs must be no longer than 3 feet and no larger than 3 inches in diameter.

Information: 410-887-2000.

Future of east side to be discussed tomorrow

ESSEX - A community discussion on the future of eastern Baltimore County's redevelopment will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Essex Senior Center, 600 Dorsey Ave.

Participants will include community, business and church leaders, who will share ideas and concerns with County Executive James T. Smith Jr.

Area residents are welcome.

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