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Teen murder suspects jury set to begin deliberations

Closing arguments wrapped up yesterday in the case of a Baltimore teen-ager accused of killing a man and trying to have the victim's 10-year-old daughter murdered because she witnessed the slaying.

A Circuit Court jury is expected to begin deliberations this morning to decide whether DeAndre Whitehead, 19, fatally shot Russell Peterson, 47, on a Southwest Baltimore street in August 2003. Defense lawyers say Whitehead is innocent of the killing.

Peterson's daughter testified last week that Whitehead was the gunman. Prosecutors say Whitehead was a heroin dealer and killed Peterson after the victim stepped into an argument over a $10 drug sale between Whitehead and Peterson's wife.


Posing as water inspector, man gains access to homes

DUNDALK -- Public works officials warned yesterday of a man posing as a water inspector to gain access to peoples homes.

Such imposters frequently appear in official-looking clothes with clipboards and ask to check residents water, said officials of the Baltimore Department of Public Works, which provides water for the metropolitan area. The Dundalk-area impostor asked a resident to run water from the tap and asked questions before leaving. County police have been notified.

All public works employees carry city identification cards with photos and do not go to peoples homes unless they're called, the officials said. For questions about water-related work, city residents can call 311, and people who live outside the city can call 410-396-5352.

Police promotion ceremony set for 5 members of force

TOWSON -- Five members of the Baltimore County Police Department will be promoted at a ceremony today, the department has announced.

Cpl. Raymond J. Patterson will be promoted to sergeant, assigned to the North Point precinct. Officer Chad M. Rosay will be promoted to corporal, assigned to the Cockeysville precinct. Robert J. Huncher and Denise R. Wallace will both be promoted to latent print examiner; and Christopher B. DAmario will be promoted to forensic chemist supervisor.

The promotion ceremony will be held at the Public Safety Building in Towson.

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