In Baltimore County
Man, 41, wanted in September assault is captured in woods
COCKEYSVILLE -- A man wanted on charges including attempted murder who had eluded police since an extensive search in September was captured last night in woods off Quaker Bottom Road, police said.
Larry Duane Thomas, 41, of the 17100 block of Big Falls Road in Monkton is accused of entering his girlfriend's home on Burke Road twice on Sept. 25 and threatening her and her mother with a shotgun and a knife. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, burglary and assault.
Police went to Thomas' home, but he fled into nearby woods. The resulting search prompted three area schools to keep children inside until it was determined Thomas was no longer in the area.
Last night, Thomas was awaiting a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner.
Jury selection to start for 2 in Randallstown shootings
TOWSON -- Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the trial of two males charged in the May shooting at Randallstown High School that left one student in a wheelchair, three others injured and the community shaken.
A pool of 150 potential jurors has been selected for the Baltimore County Circuit Court trial of Matthew Timothy McCullough, 17, and Antonio R. Jackson, 21. Each is charged with attempted first-degree murder.
Tyrone Devon "Fat Boy" Brown, 24, who was accused of firing a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun into the crowd, pleaded guilty in September to attempted second-degree murder and a handgun charge. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Charges against a fourth man, Ronald Patrick Johnson Jr., 20, were dropped in June.
Senior citizens workshop to offer tips on advocacy
TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Association of Senior Citizens Organizations will hold a workshop for senior citizens starting at noon Friday at Towson United Methodist Church, Dulaney Valley Road and Hampton Lane.
The workshop, "How to Become an Effective Advocate," elaborates on how to work for senior needs. Speaker Laura J. Feldman, grassroots manager of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, will explain how seniors can have a voice on these issues.
Stella Maris Auxiliary plans book sale Friday
TIMONIUM -- Stella Maris Auxiliary will hold a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the hospice, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road.
Books for sale include biography, cooking, mystery, romance and self-help. All proceeds benefit the residents of Stella Maris.
Information: Cass Bittner, volunteer coordinator, 410-252-4500, ext. 7254.
In Baltimore City
Man pursued by gunman fatally shot near rec center
A Pimlico-area man was fatally shot last night while being pursued by a gunman near the Towanda Police Athletic League Recreation Center in Northwest Baltimore, city police said.
The victim -- whose name was not disclosed -- was believed to be in his mid-20s and a resident of Pimlico Road. He was being chased about 7:30 p.m. when he was shot at least once in the upper body and fell near the entrance of the recreation center in the 4100 block of Towanda Ave., said Detective Martin Young.
Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call Young or Detective Ray Hunter at 410-396-2100.
Belair Road repaving scheduled to start today
Repaving is to begin today along a portion of Belair Road in Northeast Baltimore, the city Department of Transportation announced.
The work -- between Erdman and Stanwood avenues -- will begin with the northbound lanes. When that side is complete, resurfacing will begin on the southbound lanes, the department said.
The project is expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to expect temporary lane closures.
National Aquarium to offer lecture about sea turtles
James R. Spotila, a Drexel University professor and expert on sea turtles, will speak tomorrow night at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Spotila is the author of Sea Turtles: a Complete Guide to their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation.
The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for aquarium members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Information: 410-727- 3474.