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July 06, 2005


Off-duty officer shoots 2 men during carjacking

An off-duty Baltimore police officer shot two men early yesterday as they tried to carjack him while he was in his personal car in the Upton neighborhood, a department spokesman said.

The two men approached the officer about 1:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of Myrtle Ave., and one pointed a handgun at him, according to Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. He said the officer shot both men with his service weapon. They were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment and were in critical condition yesterday, Harris said.

The officer was not injured. The names of the suspects, who have yet to be charged with a crime, and the officer were not released because of the investigation. The officer was placed on routine administrative duty pending the end of the investigation.


Abingdon man, 20, stabbed during Fourth of July party

A 20-year-old Harford County man was stabbed during a July Fourth party, police said.

Abingdon resident Michael L. Kruse was with friends at a home in the 800 block of S. Fountain Green Road in Bel Air when a fight broke out, according to Harford sheriff's spokesman Edward Hopkins. During the altercation, Kruse intervened and was stabbed four or five times in the back by another partygoer, Hopkins said. Kruse was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in stable condition yesterday, Hopkins said.

Police are seeking suspects in the incident, Hopkins said.

- Tyrone Richardson

BALTIMORE@SUBHEDMistrial declared in case tied to officer's fatal shooting

A Baltimore circuit judge declared a mistrial yesterday afternoon when a jury could not reach a unanimous verdict in the weapons violations case of a man tied to the shooting death last year of Officer Brian D. Winder.

Jermaine Gaines, 32, is charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun and a misdemeanor weapons violation for his alleged role in the events that preceded the fatal shooting. Police determined that Charles Bennett, who committed suicide as officers closed in on him, fired the shots that killed Winder at a liquor store in Edmondson Village.

The jury deliberated for about two days and sent the judge several questions. One note to the judge asked him to further define what constitutes "possession" in the felony charge. Public defender Bridget Duffy Shepherd said a judge would set a new trial date today.

- Julie Bykowicz

ANNE ARUNDEL@SUBHEDGovernor likely to announce 2 school board choices today

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is expected to announce today the appointment of a Hispanic engineering executive and the reappointment of the current president to five-year terms on the Anne Arundel County school board.

Enrique M. Melendez, 47, of Arnold will begin representing parts of southern Anne Arundel County and Annapolis in the volunteer position once he is sworn in. The vice president at Washington-based Carter-Burgess Inc., a national architecture firm, was one of two candidates for the seat at last spring's nominating convention. He finished behind Annapolis teacher and volunteer Pamela K. Bukowski in the voting.

Melendez said yesterday that he is excited about the news and is looking forward to applying his business skills to board duties.

Board President Edward P. Carey of Brooklyn Park will return for a second term representing northern parts of the county. In addition, Ehrlich's office will confirm student member Pallas Snider of Severna Park High School, who was elected by the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils.

In Anne Arundel, the nominating convention, made up of representatives of civic, religious and other groups, recommends candidates for the governor's consideration. The governor is not compelled to appoint the convention's picks.

Snider will be sworn in today by the clerk of the county Circuit Court in time for her first meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. Melendez will not be sworn in today because he is traveling for business, so departing board member Michael J. McNelly will attend the meeting in his place.

- Liz F. Kay

REGION@SUBHEDColumbia Red Cross moves; Glen Burnie site also moving

Two offices of the Red Cross are expanding their quarters to provide more beds for blood donors.

The Howard County office, at 10 Corporate Center, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, opposite the J.C. Penney store at The Mall in Columbia, moved from its first-floor space, which had eight beds, to a larger one on the fourth floor that has 20 beds.

The Glen Burnie office is next, said Tracy M. Laubach, the organization's marketing director.

The five-bed office at 306 Greenway Ave. is to move July 28 to a 12-bed space on the ninth floor of the Empire Towers, at 7310 Ritchie Highway, about two miles away.

Laubach said the Red Cross feels there are potentially more donors in both counties and wants to provide more space and staff to handle them.

- Larry Carson


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