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Baltimore & Region

September 20, 2005

Man pleads guilty in killing of cab driver

A man pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree murder in the December shooting of an Edgewood cab driver and father of nine, all but ensuring he will avoid a life sentence for a killing that police said was a gang-initiation rite.

As part of a plea agreement reached during the weekend, Darrell Levon Miller, 20, will receive a 45-year sentence in exchange for testimony against his co-defendant, who police say was the gunman in the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Derald Howard Guess.

Miller faced a maximum sentence of life without parole for the crime, which was the catalyst for a countywide anti-gang campaign.

His attorney said the agreement was necessary because of Miller's ties to the Bloods, a New York gang that has established a growing presence in the southern part of the county in recent years.

"Given that he wasn't the shooter, I might have tried this case if not for the gang involvement," said attorney David P. Henninger. "I don't think the jury would have much sympathy for any of them."

Guess was killed early Dec. 8 after he left to pick up a passenger in a suburban cul-de-sac a block from his family's townhouse in the Harford Square neighborhood in Edgewood.

Miller was arrested without incident a month later. Wayne Lavon Bond, also of Edgewood, is accused of pulling the trigger.

A sentencing date for Miller was not set. Bond's trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 14.

Justin Fenton

Baltimore County: Towson

Land purchase OK'd for road widening

The Baltimore County Council unanimously approved a land purchase last night as part of a planned widening of a portion of Warren Road near Loch Raven Reservoir. The county will buy 4 acres at Sherwood and Warren roads for about $441,000 under the agreement. A curve in the road will be widened and a turning lane to a nearby intersection added. The council also voted 5-2 against a resolution asking the county school system to do more to notify parents of a No Child Left Behind provision requiring public school districts to provide military recruiters with students' names, phone numbers and addresses unless a parent requests otherwise. The school system currently includes information about the provision in its student handbook.

Josh Mitchell

Maryland Line

Fire company to buy tanker with grant

The Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a federal grant of more than $260,000, Maryland's U.S. senators announced recently. The fire company was awarded $261,250 through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, according to the announcement from Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes. The fire company will use the money to buy a new, 1,500-gallon pumper-tanker to replace its 1981 tanker, the announcement said.

Howard County: Child care

Service helps locate licensed programs

Howard County is offering a service to help parents find state-licensed child care centers, family child care providers, preschools and programs for school-age children. The service, called LOCATE: Child Care, is being provided through the Department of Citizen Services. The program also can help parents find subsidized health care, subsidized child care and tax credits. The services are available by calling 410-313-1930 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those seeking general child care information can call the department at 410-313-1940.

Baltimore: Southeast

Warehouse closed after floor collapses

A 63-year-old Southeast Baltimore warehouse was condemned by city authorities yesterday after part of a floor collapsed onto several tractor trailer trucks. The collapse occurred about 11:30 a.m. and caused damage to the Overflo warehouse in the 3900 block of Dillon St., but no one was injured, city fire officials said. Several large crates in a storage area fell through the floor, and water pipes in that part of the building burst, officials said. The building is on 4.2 acres and has an enclosed area of 215,694 square feet, state property records show. Overflo officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.

West side

Body found in debris of 2-alarm house fire

Shortly after firefighters extinguished a two-alarm house fire in West Baltimore early yesterday, they discovered a body - identification and gender unknown - in the debris, authorities said. Reported at 9:26 a.m. in the 500 block of Wilson St., the fire caused extensive damage to what was supposed to be a vacant dwelling. A firefighter who was briefly trapped was treated at Mercy Medical Center for minor injuries, officials said. The body - found in a third-floor room - was taken to the state medical examiner's office.

Richard Irwin

Education

BCCC plans classes on PC hardware

Baltimore City Community College will hold a class introducing students to personal computer hardware starting today at its Harbor Campus Business and Continuing Education Center, 710 E. Lombard St. The course will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternating Saturdays through Nov. 3 and includes an overview of hardware and software. Information: 410-986-3200.

Zoo

Help sought for ZooBoo! next month

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is seeking volunteers to help with ZooBoo! the weekends of Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30. Volunteers will hand out candy, supervise arts and crafts, and do other jobs. The zoo also is seeking adult volunteers to serve as EdZOOcators. Applicants go through an interview and attend two training sessions. Information: 410-396-7623.

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