News from around the Baltimore region

July 30, 2005


Power outage shuts down subway line

An early morning power outage shut down most of the Baltimore Metro subway line for most of yesterday, snarling commutes for thousands of riders.

The main power line to the Metro system failed about 3 a.m., said Linda Foy said, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman. The backup supply failed at 5 a.m.

The Maryland Transit Administration used buses to shuttle passengers between stations.

Repair crews located the failed section of the main power cable and restored it about 2 p.m. The subway began running again at about 5:30 p.m., said Cheron Wicker, spokeswoman for the Maryland Transit Administration.

For the rest of the day, passengers rode for free "to thank people for their patience and understanding," Wicker said. According to the MTA, the subway system carries about 46,000 passengers on an average weekday.

-- William Wan


Prosecutor won't charge officers in fatal shooting

The Howard County state's attorney's office determined yesterday it will not file charges against the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old fugitive in January.

After reviewing the case, State's Attorney Timothy J. McCrone said he and his office concluded that facts and evidence do not support the criminal prosecution of any of the seven officers who fired their weapons.

"It was a unanimous decision of all of the about 15 attorneys participating in the [review] that criminal prosecution was not appropriate," McCrone said.

On Jan. 21, police shot Jejuan Deon Griffin, 20, of Laurel, a detainee from the Howard County Detention Center who had been on the run since eluding authorities on New Year's Eve at the Howard County General Hospital. Police said Griffin tried to run over officers who were attempting to capture him at the Copper Stallion Motel in the 7600 block of Washington Blvd. in Elkridge.

- Laura Cadiz


Movie nights are planned four Saturdays this summer

The Concerned Citizens for a Better Brooklyn are set to hold the first of four planned Nights Out at the Movies at Garrett Park tonight.

Activities - including food, entertainment and games - are set to begin at 7:30 p.m., with the screening of this week's movie, The Pacifier, set to start at 8 p.m. People interested in watching the movie should bring chairs or blankets to the park at Third Street and Patapsco Avenue.

Future movie nights include Shark Tale on Aug. 13, Racing Stripes on Aug. 20 and The Incredibles on Aug. 27. More information:


Plot to sell cocaine ends in 10-year sentence

U.S. District Court Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced an Anne Arundel County man yesterday to 10 years in prison for plotting to sell cocaine in Annapolis.

Jarron Pailen, 26, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute the drug.

The investigation began in 2003 when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration received a tip that a room at an Annapolis hotel was being used to convert cocaine powder to cocaine base, according to court papers.

On May 19, 2003, federal drug agents reported seeing Pailen and another person enter the hotel.

Later, the agents said Pailen left the a hotel room carrying a brown paper bag and get into a Toyota truck and drive away with another man. The agents contacted Anne Arundel County police officers, who stopped the truck and found 125 grams of cocaine base.


Two men shot, one fatally, near Fells Point intersection

Two men were shot, one fatally, while standing on the sidewalk a block away from a busy intersection in Fells Point on Thursday night, police said yesterday.

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said a gunman walked up to the men in the 1700 block of Fleet St., one block east of Broadway, and shot them several times about 11:30 p.m.

The men, who did not have identification, were taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where one was pronounced dead. The other man was listed in critical but stable condition, Harris said.

Police were trying to identify the men and had not determined a motive, Harris said.


Crew strikes natural gas main, forcing evacuation of 12 homes

A city utility crew fixing a buried water pipe in the 1700 block of E. Fort Ave. last night accidentally hit a 6-inch, low-pressure natural gas main, forcing a three-hour evacuation of 12 homes in Locust Point, officials said.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman Linda Foy said the incident occurred about 7 p.m., and the evacuation was ordered as a precaution. BGE crews made temporary repairs, and residents were allowed back into their homes about 10:30 p.m.


Elderly couple found dead in Park Manor Circle home

An elderly couple was found dead in a home on Park Manor Circle in Bel Air about 5:30 p.m. yesterday, according to town police.

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