City/County Digest


July 28, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

New image released of woman found ablaze in park

TOWSON - Police released a digitally enhanced image yesterday of a woman whose burning body was found July 20 in a Pikesville park.

The state medical examiner's office has not been able to identify her or determine whether she died before or after being burned at Gwynnvale Park, said county police spokesman Bill Toohey.

The woman is described as a black female, 17 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 186 pounds, police said. Her hair was pulled back in a rubber band, and she was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020.

Wal-Mart being built at Towson Place center

TOWSON - Construction is under way on a Wal-Mart that is scheduled to open by the spring in Towson Place Shopping Center, a company spokeswoman said.

The two-level, 155,000- square-foot store at Goucher Boulevard and Joppa Road is being built at the site formerly occupied by Montgomery Ward, said Mia Masten, a Wal-Mart community affairs representative.

The store will employ 300 people and will include a garden center, an optical center and a snack bar.

In Baltimore City

Police investigate killing of man in Pimlico

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a Northwest Baltimore man early Monday who collapsed in an alley near the shooting scene while trying to get help.

A man, whose name was withheld because he is a witness, was renovating a business in the 5500 block of Reisterstown Road in Pimlico about 1:40 a.m. when he heard someone banging on the rear door, police said.

Upon opening the door, the worker found the victim, later identified as Harold Pringle Jr., lying in an alley, police said. Pringle, 30, who lived in the 5400 block of LynviewAve., was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, where he died.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mike Johnson at 410-396-2100.

Death of man shot in Sept. ruled a homicide

The death on Monday of a man who was shot nearly a year ago in West Baltimore has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner's office, city police said yesterday.

Robert Lewis Miller, 20, of the 3200 block of Belmont Ave. was found about 8:35 p.m. Sept. 20 lying in the 600 block of Denison St. and suffering from gunshot wounds. An autopsy determined that his death at University Specialty Hospital resulted from the shooting.

Investigators had no suspect and asked that anyone with information about the shooting call Detective Napoleon McLain at 410-396-2100.

Man gets 19-year sentence on plea in parole violation

A Westport man was sentenced yesterday to 19 years in prison after pleading guilty to a parole violation.

Orlando Redd, 27, of the 2400 block of Dorton Court pleaded guilty to violating the terms of his probation on an assault charge. Judge Carol E. Smith sentenced him to 19 years and four months in prison, the balance of a suspended sentence he received in 1998.

Redd was on probation for assault with intent to murder, a charge he pleaded guilty to in December 1998. Yesterday's plea came after Redd was found guilty June 11 of first-degree assault and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Sentencing in that case is scheduled for Aug. 9, and Redd has a separate first-degree assault trial set for the same day.

Author Davidson to speak at Northwood library

In an effort to attract teenage visitors, a branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold a book signing tomorrow for first-time author Dana Davidson, who will discuss her novel Jason & Kyra.

"Teens are often a group that is hard to get to come into the library," said Mona M. Rock, a spokeswoman for the library. "Sometimes, teens think the library isn't cool enough."

The book signing and discussion will be at 2 p.m., at the Northwood branch, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd. Jason & Kyra follows high school lovers who transcend social pressure and stereotypes to find true love. Davidson, who is also a teacher, will share her experiences with teens and offer details about her book. Information: 410-396-6076.

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