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September 02, 2005

Man, 24, pleads guilty in death of pedestrian

BALTIMORE

A 24-year-old Baltimore County man pleaded guilty in city Circuit Court yesterday to voluntary manslaughter for hitting and killing a pedestrian with a stolen car in June last year in Reservoir Hill.

Samuel McFarlin of the 4700 block of Duncannon Road also pleaded guilty to possession of a deadly weapon and theft over $500. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with all but 10 years suspended, and to four years of probation.

McFarlin, who had been indicted on charges of first-degree murder and auto theft, agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charges in the death of Dwight Allen Chase, 53, of the 800 block of Whitelock St.

McFarlin had been arguing with Chase in the 2000 block of Linden Ave., police said, and he intentionally ran the victim down.

Chase, who was severely injured, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, then transferred to a rehabilitation center. He died in November, and his death was ruled a homicide.

BALTIMORE

Routes modified to ease Terps-Navy game congestion

Baltimore transportation officials are modifying traffic routes to ease congestion tomorrow for the 6 p.m. Maryland-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium.

The ramp from northbound Interstate 95 to Russell Street will be open. Two lanes on northbound Russell will be open, starting at 10 a.m., to help people driving to the game; three southbound lanes will be open, starting at 8:30 p.m., to ease the trip home.

Bush Street will be closed from Ridgeley Avenue to Russell Street. Traffic will be detoured north on Ridgeley, east on Worcester Street and back onto Russell.

Stadium lots will open at noon. Those with tickets are urged to park there or on commercial lots and to avoid residential neighborhoods, where restrictions are in place. Parking control agents will ticket cars that do not display proper neighborhood parking permits and then order them towed.

The city's impound lot will remain open until 2 a.m. People with questions about the location of their cars can call the Police Department at 410-396-3050.

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Man sought on theft charges is arrested after police chase

A Baltimore County man wanted on theft charges was arrested yesterday after a chase that started just outside the city-county line and ended in north Baltimore, police said.

An unmarked Baltimore County police vehicle was hit when police first tried to arrest the man, and a marked cruiser was rammed during the chase, said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a county police spokeswoman.

Police had a warrant to arrest Michael David Scott, 23, of the 800 block of Quaker Bottom Road in Sparks, on theft and burglary charges, Warehime said. Detectives saw a man and woman leave a house in the 6000 block of Nahant Road in the Garden Village Park area and get into a sport utility vehicle. When the investigators moved to arrest the suspect, the SUV rammed the unmarked police vehicle.

City police assisted in the chase, which ended at Northern Parkway and Hillen Road. Scott was treated for minor injuries at a hospital, Warehime said, adding that assault charges were expected to be filed in the chase. A 19-year-old woman, whose name was unavailable, also was in police custody.

ANNE ARUNDEL

Parents pitch in to help charter school secure permit

After an outcry from angry parents, Chesapeake Science Point, a science and technology charter school in Anne Arundel County, was given an extra day to obtain a building occupancy permit.

County education officials had set yesterday as a deadline for the school to meet several regulatory requirements, including obtaining the permit and submitting insurance and personnel documents.

Parents worked through the day to help the school's administrators meet the requirements.

Kathy Lane, director of alternative education for county schools, said she had received the necessary documents for the school to open Tuesday.

Inspectors did not issue a temporary permit for the building yesterday but would if the school complied with three facilities requests by 10 a.m. today, she said.

BALTIMORE

Officers kill suspect who had shot at them

Two city police officers fatally shot a robbery suspect last night after he fired at them as they approached him while he sat in an unlicensed taxicab in Southwest Baltimore, police said.

Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman, said the officers knew the suspect from previous encounters. A citywide bulletin had been posted for him after he was identified as a suspect in a robbery at a hair salon Saturday.

About 3:45 a.m., officers spotted him in the back seat of a dark Buick operated by a "hack" -- an unlicensed cab driver -- Monroe said.

The officers, who were in uniform and driving a marked cruiser, stopped and approached the car in the 1700 block of McHenry St. The suspect pulled out a handgun and fired in the direction of the officers, who returned fire, Monroe said.

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