News from around the Baltimore region

June 14, 2005


Man finds body in woods near apartment complex

A Glen Burnie man discovered a body lying in the woods behind his apartment complex while walking his dog yesterday morning.

Anne Arundel County police have not positively identified the body but believe he was a 20-year-old Hispanic man. They called the death suspicious.

The body was found near a storage garage behind the 7700 block of Hancock Lane in the Colonial Manor apartment complex, police said. Wounds and blood covered the upper part of the body, police said. An autopsy has been scheduled.

Police do not believe the body was moved, and they believe the death occurred Sunday night or yesterday morning. About 25 officers, including police academy recruits, searched all day in the area where the body was found looking for clues.

Police encouraged neighbors who might have seen or heard anything that could be related to the death to call county police at 410-222-8610.

-- Annie Linskey


Politicians, others back bill to give Amtrak $6 billion

Politicians, union representatives and environmentalists rallied yesterday at Penn Station for a bill that would provide Amtrak with $6 billion over the next three years, money that Rep. Elijah E. Cummings says would give the railroad "a real chance to succeed."

President Bush has proposed cutting all federal funding for Amtrak, which is getting $1.2 billion this year and has requested $1.82 billion for 2006.

"If we don't properly fund Amtrak, then Amtrak goes down the tubes," said Cummings, a 7th District Democrat and member of the Transportation Committee. "Amtrak is safe; it is clean; it is efficient. And yet the president has basically written Amtrak off."

The politicians complained that airlines, ports and highway projects receive billions of federal dollars, while the railroad, which carries 25 million riders annually to 500 stations in 46 states, languishes.

"No other mode of public transportation moves anywhere without the help of the federal government," said Rep. Corrine Brown, a Florida Democrat and member of the Railroad Subcommittee. "What's wrong with Amtrak? We put thousands and thousands of federal dollars into aviation, into highways, into ports, and yet there is a question when it comes to Amtrak."

The bill has yet to be considered by the full House of Representatives. In the meantime, Amtrak is facing tough opposition from critics who say the federal government can't afford to subsidize a poorly run passenger rail system.

In May, Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta urged Amtrak to cut costs, saying the railroad could be as much as $40 million in debt by Sept. 30.

- Associated Press


East Baltimore man charged in June 4 killing in Dundalk

A 22-year-old man from East Baltimore has been arrested in connection with a June 4 killing in Dundalk, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Travis Davon Terry of the 2700 block of Jefferson St. was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, police said. He was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center after being denied bail.

Terry is accused of shooting Edwin Leon Potillo III, 24, of the 800 block of Middlesex Road. Witnesses told police that Terry and Potillo were longtime friends.

Also wounded in the shooting in an apartment in the 7800 block of E. Collingham Drive was Jennifer Parvizimotlagh, 23.

Police did not discuss a motive for the shooting. Bill Toohey, a department spokesman, said the investigation is continuing.

- Jonathan D. Rockoff


Flag Day event to feature parade, soldiers' ceremony

A parade featuring a fife-and-drum corps and re-enactors from the War of 1812 Fort McHenry Guard will kick off a Flag Day ceremony tonight at Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson.

The free event starts at 6:45 p.m. The parade will be followed by a ceremony honoring men and women in military service, as well as Pickersgill residents who are veterans of World War II and the Korean War.

The public is invited to come early to picnic and view a display of nearly 50 flags from throughout American history. In case of rain, the event will move inside.

Pickersgill is at 615 Chestnut Ave. Information: 410-825-7423.

- Danny Jacobs


Former Urban League official to discuss education Thursday

A past president of the National Urban League will speak Thursday at a gathering of community and education leaders sponsored by Bolton Hill Charter School Midtown Academy.

Hugh B. Price was president and chief executive officer of the Urban League from 1994 to 2003 and is the author of the book Achievement Matters: Getting Your Child the Best Education Possible.

Price will join state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick in a discussion about celebrating academic achievements.

The event will take place at 8 a.m. at the Brown Center at Maryland Institute College of Art.


Man gets 30-year term for murder of woman

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