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In Baltimore County

Burglar trapped in exhaust vent at restaurant suffocates

DUNDALK - A man who apparently attempted to burglarize an Asian restaurant by sneaking through the kitchen exhaust vent got trapped, was suffocated and died, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Officer Shawn Vinson said a white male in his 30s was found yesterday in the kitchen of the House of Phung in the 7700 block of Westfield Road by the owner who opened for business about 10:30 a.m. The owner, who was not identified, notified police.

Vinson said the man entered the vent system from the roof late Monday or early yesterday while the business was closed, slithered partway down the vent but got trapped and suffocated. Police were attempting to locate his next of kin.

Police seek armed robber of Essex convenience store

ESSEX - County police said yesterday that they are searching for a man who used a golf club and a gun to rob a Royal Farms store in Essex on Friday.

The man, described as black with a light complexion and shaved head, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds and wearing a tan or yellow jacket and blue jeans, entered the store in the 800 block of S. Marlyn Ave. about 10 p.m., police said.

After other customers left the store, the man smashed the store's security monitor with a golf club and showed to the store clerk a gun tucked in the waistband of his pants, police said. He forced the employee to open the cash register, and he took an undisclosed amount of money and several cartons of cigarettes, police said. He fled on foot, police said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

New Town PTA plans `Survivor' event tomorrow

OWINGS MILLS - The New Town Elementary PTA will host a cultural arts night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow focusing on the locales featured on the television show Survivor.

Families can learn about the Australian Outback, Thailand, the Amazon and other Survivor locations. Dancing and music will be featured, and a "Survivor Buffet" will be served.

The event will be held in the auditorium. The cost is $1; pupils must be accompanied by an adult.

Free boat ramps to bay available at county parks

TOWSON - Boat access to the Chesapeake Bay is available at six free ramps in Baltimore County. Open year-round, the ramps are at Cox's Point Park, Inverness Park, Merritt Point Park, Rocky Point Park, Southwest Area Park and Turners Station Park.

Ramps open at 6 a.m.; closing times vary. A $5 trailer parking fee is charged at Rocky Point Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Information: 410-887-3871.

In Baltimore City

Death of woman found in house ruled a homicide

The death of a woman whose decomposed body was found Sunday evening in a vacant South Baltimore rowhouse has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner's office, city police said yesterday.

The woman's body was found lying face-down about 6 p.m. in a second-floor room in the 1200 block of Bayard St., near Camden Industrial Park, by people looking for a relative who often frequented the area, said homicide Detective Joseph Phelps. He would not say how she was killed.

He said the woman had been dead for a long time and that her race had not been determined. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Phelps at 410-396-2100.

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