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Bennett leaving city to become bishop of diocese in Jamaica

Gordon D. Bennett, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, was named bishop of the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica, yesterday by Pope John Paul II. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Bishop Paul M. Boyle.

"I give thanks to God for the church communities of the urban vicariate [of the Archdiocese of Baltimore]," Bennett said in a statement released in Jamaica. "I am quite sure that it is your formation, all that I have learned from you, that I will bring to this new mission in Mandeville, Jamaica."

Bennett entered the Society of Jesus at age 17 and served as a teacher and school administrator. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and urban vicar in 1998.

Teenager fatally shot after confrontation

A West Baltimore man was shot and killed late Monday during an argument gone awry, police said yesterday.

The victim was identified as Vernon Owens, 19, of the 500 block of N. Mount St., said Detective Albert M. Marcus.

About 10:45 p.m. Monday, Owens was involved in a confrontation with an unidentified male in the 1800 block of W. Fayette St., police said. As Owens tried to run west on Fayette Street, he was shot at least four times in the upper back and head, said Marcus.

He was pronounced dead shortly before midnight at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Anyone with information about the slaying was urged to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

Baltimore man sentenced to 10 years in auto theft

A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit theft, the state's attorney's office announced.

Daniel J. Mitchell, 25, of the 1100 block of Sargeant St. was convicted in May. Officers in the Regional Auto Theft Task Force spotted Mitchell near a stolen 1996 Acura parked in the 2000 block of Little Market St. on Aug. 6. They watched him get into the car and drive away - following him and then arresting him.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Thomas J.S. Waxter Jr. also sentenced Mitchell to concurrent prison terms of three years for unauthorized use of stolen goods and 10 years for possession of stolen goods.

In Baltimore County

Man charged in killing ordered held without bail

TOWSON - A 19-year-old man charged with murder in the fatal beating of a homeless man last week in Essex was ordered yesterday to be held without bail while awaiting trial.

James Edward Johnson appeared in court yesterday for a brief hearing before Baltimore County District Judge Alexandra N. Williams. A state pretrial investigator told the judge that Johnson is on probation stemming from a case in which he was charged with a fourth-degree sexual offense.

Johnson is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 48-year-old Keith Albert Lusby, who was found beaten Friday night behind a gas station in Essex, according to court records. The charging document does not list an address for Johnson, but prior court records show that he has lived in Glen Burnie and Essex.

3 departments recognized with awards from NACO

TOWSON - County programs to help senior citizens, make playgrounds safer and reduce crime won awards from the National Association of Counties, the organization has announced.

The Department of Aging was honored for a CD-ROM titled Taking Care of Mom and Dad that includes information and references for those who care for seniors. The department also won awards for a fitness program in its senior centers and an information campaign about eye diseases.

The Department of Recreation and Parks received awards for its efforts to make playgrounds safe and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and for a program that teaches golf to the disabled. The Police Department was honored for its Taxis on Patrol program, in which taxi drivers are trained to identify and report crime.

Medical complex planned in Overlea shopping center

OVERLEA - Mercy Medical Center will develop a 28,000-square-foot medical complex in an Overlea shopping center, Baltimore County officials plan to announce today.

The Overlea Physicians Group will move into a long-vacant part of the Belair Beltway Shopping Center at 7600 Belair Road. The complex, which is slated to include doctors' offices and in-house radiology and medical testing facilities, is scheduled to open in October, said county spokeswoman Fronda Cohen.

The building will undergo $3 million in renovations, Cohen said.

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