City/county Digest


October 19, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Unidentified man is fatally shot in vehicle on city street

A man was fatally shot yesterday morning in Northwest Baltimore, police said.

The victim -- whose name and age were not released -- was shot several times about 9:30 a.m. inside a vehicle in the 4700 block of Garrison Blvd., said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Moses said.

2nd child dies as result of west-side rowhouse fire

A second child has died as a result of a weekend fire in West Baltimore, fire officials said yesterday.

A 2-month-old girl, Andriana Cheeks, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said police and fire spokesmen.

The infant's 4-year-old sister, Andrea Cheeks, was also killed in the early-morning rowhouse fire Sunday in the 1000 block of W. Fairmount Ave.

Homeless man charged in Fells Point drowning

A homeless man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the apparent drowning Sunday of another man after they fell into the harbor at Fells Point while fighting near a pier, city police said.

Charged and held yesterday at Central Booking and Intake Center was Victor Vanderheiden, 45. The victim -- also homeless -- was identified yesterday as Langford Woodhouse, 52.

The fight occurred at the foot of Broadway near Thames Street about 11 a.m. Vanderheiden was rescued by the crew of a passing water taxi, but Woodhouse was found partially submerged under a pier and died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Cultural history of masks to be topic of NAMI talk

A discussion on the history of masks in various cultures will be presented tomorrow night at the city office of NAMI-Metropolitan Baltimore -- the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill -- as a kickoff event for its fourth annual Many Faces of Mental Illness Mask Competition.

Those attending the program may register for the competition and view the organization's new Many Faces Mask Gallery, meet past winners and register for this year's competition, which will be judged in the spring by a panel including Rebecca Hoffberger, director of the American Visionary Art Museum; clients of mental health services providers; their family members; and members of NAMI.

The NAMI office is located at 5210 York Road. Information: 410-435-2600.

Man, 77, pleads guilty to murder in 2002 shooting

A 77-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree murder in the shooting two years ago of a 33-year-old woman.

John Moore of Washington entered a guilty plea during the second day of jury deliberations in his trial. Pamela Pryor-Burouis was found lying on a sidewalk in the 1700 block of Frederick Ave. in Baltimore on Sept. 23, 2002, with a gunshot wound to her neck. Police said Pryor-Burouis was shot inside Moore's van. She was paralyzed by the wound and lived for almost a year as a quadriplegic dependent on a ventilator.

In addition to second-degree murder, Moore also pleaded guilty to use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait sentenced Moore to 15 years in prison, with the first five years to be served without the possibility of parole.

In Baltimore County

Police identify couple killed in motorcycle crash

REISTERSTOWN -- Police have identified the New York couple who died in a motorcycle accident at Tufton Avenue and Dover Road on Sunday.

Police said the driver, David Grygiel, 44, and his passenger, Rosemary Grygiel, 39, both of Lansing, N.Y., were approaching a bend in the road on a 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when the driver lost control and struck a tree. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Towson AAUW to present musical revue tonight

TOWSON -- The Towson chapter of the American Association of University Women will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at Goucher College's Alumni-Alumnae House for "Nostalgic Europe: From Outdoor Cafe to Indoor Cabaret," a program on European musical culture.

Mother-and-daughter association members Gail and Adele Theis will perform European songs. The revue is open to the public.

Information: Christine Schmitz, 410-795-5091; or Roberta Sharper, 410-624-3144.

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