City/County Digest


April 22, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

1 man killed, 3 hurt by shotgun blast in southwest bar

One man was killed and three others were wounded early today when a man fired a shotgun inside a Southwest Baltimore bar, city police said. The gunman entered Al Ho's in the 2100 block of Frederick Ave., near South Pulaski Street, with another man shortly after midnight and fired at least one blast at a group standing inside.

The pair fled in a car described as a silver-and-cream BMW 745 or Infiniti with New York tags. The victims were not identified. Police said the wounded men were taken by ambulances to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and at least one of them was in critical condition.

Police said two of the victims appeared to be the gunman's intended targets, but that the shotgun blast also hit two bystanders. Witnesses were being interviewed by homicide detectives.

Man charged with theft from courthouse jury room

City police have obtained an arrest warrant charging a 30-year-old man with stealing personal property from a jury room at Baltimore's Courthouse East on Calvert Street March 19 while the jury was viewing videotaped testimony in a murder trial.

Sought and charged with three counts of theft and one count of fourth-degree burglary is Richard McMurray, 30, of no known address, police said.

While the jury was out of the room for three hours, police said, a man wearing a leather jacket with a Cleveland Browns logo told a courthouse employee he had to change the water bottle in the room. When the jurors returned, they discovered that money, bank cards, cell phones and car keys had been stolen.

Anyone knowing McMurray's whereabouts was asked to call the city sheriff's office at 410-396-1155 or the police Central District at 410-396-2411.

Burglary victims asked to examine recovered items

Victims of burglaries in the Federal Hill area this year have been invited by city police to make an appointment to see if they can identify any of the more than $100,000 worth of property recovered after a man's arrest in the break-ins.

Police declined to identify the 24-year-old suspect, saying the investigation into scores of burglaries since January is continuing.

The loot includes tools, jewelry, appliances, computers, videocassette recorders and personal items, and are taking up space in five cell blocks at the Southern District station at 10 Cherry Hill Road.

For an appointment, call 410-396-2499.

In Baltimore County

Schools might seek other districts' retirees

The Baltimore County school system has begun talking to other districts about recruiting retired teachers from other districts who had been rehired under a state law that will expire June 30, a spokesman said yesterday.

Because the law is expiring, the rehired teachers cannot go back to work for their districts next school year, but they could still legally work for other school systems.

The Baltimore County schools will lose 159 rehired teachers, and it may try to replace them with rehired teachers who must leave Prince George's County schools and other districts, said Doug Neilson, the spokesman.

Man, 46, shot by officer is charged with assault

TOWSON - A 46-year-old Lutherville man who was shot by a Baltimore County police officer Friday has been charged with assault and armed robbery, police said.

George Hamilton Boynton is accused of threatening officers with a board as they tried to arrest him after the holdup of a convenience store in Timonium, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman. When Boynton, who apparently had been hiding in a nearby abandoned barn, raised the board to strike one officer, a backup officer, David Benesch, fired one shot that hit the man in the chest, Vinson said.

Boynton, of the first block of Tudor Court, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was released from the hospital and charged with first- and second-degree assault, armed robbery and misdemeanor theft. He was being held yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bail, jail officials said. Benesch, a four-year officer who is assigned to the Cockeysville Precinct, is on routine administrative leave, Vinson said.

Dundalk man guilty of fatally shooting father

TOWSON - A 42-year-old Dundalk man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday for the fatal shooting last summer of his 78-year-old father.

Joseph John Vavrek, who was known as "Johnny," said in court that the shooting was an accident. But he also told Judge Kathleen G. Cox that he was pleading guilty because he is guilty.

Vavrek had lived with his father in a stone cottage in the 2100 block of Merritt Blvd. Sentencing is scheduled for June.

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