Regional Digest


May 01, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Carney man, 20, is killed in single-vehicle accident

CARNEY - A 20-year-old man was killed early yesterday when his truck crashed into a fence in Carney, police said.

Jason David Tralins of the 9300 block of Bellbeck Road in Carney was driving a 1998 Toyota truck about 3:15 a.m. when it veered off Bellbeck Road and into the fence, police said. The truck rolled down an embankment, and the driver was thrown from the vehicle, police said.

Tralins was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Off-duty officer stops carjacking, arrests man

WOODLAWN - An off-duty police officer thwarted a carjacking at a Woodlawn gas station, county police said yesterday.

A man walked up behind a woman who was filling her tank at a Shell station at Woodlawn Drive and Security Boulevard about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, choked her and pushed her to the ground, police said. As the man was trying drive off in her vehicle, a nearby off-duty Maryland Transportation Authority police officer pulled his weapon and ordered him out of the car, police said.

County officers arrived a short time later, and Leon Allen Smith, 19, of the 1200 block of Brigadoon Trail in the Gwynn Oak area was arrested and charged with carjacking, theft of a motor vehicle and second-degree assault, police said. Smith was being held at the county Detention Center on $100,000 bail. The woman declined medical treatment, police said.

In Carroll County

Parents of murder victim gain custody of his son

WESTMINSTER - A Carroll County couple whose son was the victim of a murder-for-hire plot by his wife were granted permanent custody of their grandson yesterday.

Raymond and Brenda Shipley had temporary custody of their 13-month-old grandson, Carter Ray Baumgardner, but filed a lawsuit in Carroll County Circuit Court, asking for permanent custody and to change the child's name to Carter Scott Shipley. Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. granted the Shipleys permanent custody and allowed the name change, after the child's mother, Melissa Baumgardner Shipley, and her parents agreed. Beck is expected to rule soon on whether the child can continue visiting his mother in prison.

Carter's father, Scott E. Shipley, was killed in November 2002, the victim of a plot masterminded by his wife for his insurance. She was convicted of first-degree murder last summer and was sentenced to life without parole. She is serving her sentence at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup.

In Maryland

Nancy S. Forster named Maryland public defender

Deputy State Public Defender Nancy S. Forster has been named the first woman to head the agency since it was created in 1972.

A 19-year veteran of the agency, Forster, 45, replaces Stephen E. Harris, who had served as Maryland's public defender since 1990. Harris retired yesterday. Forster's appointment takes effect today.As Maryland's third public defender in the agency's 32-year history, she'll lead a department of nearly 1,000 employees, about half of whom are lawyers.

In Baltimore City

Western Senior High choir to give concert tomorrow

The Western Senior High School Concert Choir will perform at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Heritage United Church of Christ, 3106 Liberty Heights Ave. Admission is free.

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