City/County Digest


August 04, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Police arrest suspect in 17 bank robberies

TOWSON -- A man suspected of at least 17 unarmed bank robberies in the Baltimore areasince April was arrested yesterday afternoon inside a Woodlawn bank by a county police officer who recognized the suspect from wanted fliers showing a bank surveillance holdup photo, a county police spokesman said.

Moments after the man entered 1st Mariner Bank in the 7000 block of Security Boulevard about 3:10 p.m., the unidentified off-duty officer -- working in security there -- recognized the man and placed him under arrest without incident.

The suspect complained of chest pains and was taken to Northwest Hospital Center, where he remained overnight under police guard, said police spokesman Bill Toohey.

Upon his release, the man is expected to be charged today by the FBI with bank holdups in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties in which tellers were handed a note demanding money, Toohey said.

The most recent robbery occurred Friday at Provident Bank in the 4600 block of Wilkens Ave.

Randallstown man's body found in Carroll Co. ravine

SYKESVILLE -- State police investigators are awaiting an autopsy on the body of a 38-year-old Randallstown man discovered yesterday morning in Carroll County, partially submerged in mud in a heavily wooded ravine near the Springfield Hospital Center and Patapsco Valley Park, police said.

The man has been identified as Mark A. Cunningham of the 9800 block of Plowline Road, police said. There was no apparent cause of death, but a note possibly written by the man was found in a 1991 Honda that was reported abandoned about 7:30 p.m. Monday -- lights flashing, doors open, and hood and truck lids up -- on the grass beside Raincliffe Road, above the ravine near Sykesville.

Police searched the area that night without finding anyone in the vicinity. About 10:30 a.m. yesterday, a family member called the state police at Westminster to report that the body had been found, but it was unclear last night who found it. Contents of the note were not disclosed.

Smith wants storm victim to report on insurance

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. has requested that an advocate for victims of Tropical Storm Isabel write a report on the continuing review of federal flood insurance claims.

The executive has asked Steve Kanstoroom, a flood victim from Talbot County, to report on how adjusters are handling the review and on the training agents and adjusters receive about what damages the flood policy covers.

Smith said he will forward the report to the federal government.

In Baltimore City

Md. members of Congress to tour development areas

Mayor Martin O'Malley is scheduled to host a delegation of Maryland's congressional representatives today on a two-hour tour of Baltimore's high-profile economic development projects.

O'Malley will be joined on the tour by Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes and Reps. Benjamin L. Cardin and Elijah E. Cummings. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger is expected to send a representative.

The tour is to show the officials economic development efforts in East Baltimore and West Baltimore that have benefited from federal assistance and future efforts that might require help. In the east, the tour will examine the redevelopment of the area north of the Johns Hopkins medical complex centered on a biotech park.

In West Baltimore, the tour will examine work being done at the Uplands Apartments south of Edmondson Avenue, where the city is building a mix of public housing and market-rate houses.

Man, 19, dies of wounds suffered in shooting

A city man who was shot in the head and arms Sunday evening in East Baltimore has died from his injuries, police announced yesterday.

They identified the victim as Robert Antwan Joseph, 19, of the 900 block of Webb Court. After an altercation with some women on Monument Street, a man shot Joseph several times in the 400 block of N. Streeper St., police spokesman Agent Donny Moses said.

Joseph was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:05 a.m. Monday. No arrest had been made.

Events to commemorate dropping of atomic bombs

The Baltimore Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee has scheduled events Friday and Monday to remember the atomic bombs dropped on the two Japanese cities Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945.

A vigil will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Charles and 34th streets. At 6:30 p.m., a Japanese survivor will speak in the Bufano Sculpture Garden on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus.

A concert will be presented Monday at the American Friends Service Committee, 4806 York Road, the commemoration group said.

The events are free and open to the public. Information: 410-323-7200.

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