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Baltimore & Region

September 21, 2005

Democratic committee apologizes to Steele

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee apologized yesterday to Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele for gaining access to his personal credit report while researching Steele's background last summer.

Committee spokesman Phil Singer said two employees who have since resigned used publicly available data to access Steele's credit report in July.

FOR THE RECORD - The suspect arrested in the fatal beating of an elderly resident at a Baltimore apartment building for the disabled was misidentified in an article in yesterday's editions. Charged with first-degree murder is 34-year-old Raymont Hopewell.
The Sun regrets the error.

The committee reported the incident to the U.S. attorney's office in Washington, Singer said, adding that the credit report was not disseminated.

He called the event an "isolated incident" which was not authorized by the committee. "Safeguards [are] in place to ensure that no employee ever does this again," Singer said in a statement.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is handling Steele's exploration of a Senate bid, would not comment yesterday. Paul Ellington, chief of staff to Steele, called the breach "a serious legal matter" and said in a statement: "We have been advised by the FBI to not comment."

Baltimore: Homicides

Separate shootings leave two dead

Two people were fatally shot yesterday in unrelated Baltimore homicides, one of them a woman during a domestic incident, city police said.

About 6 p.m., police responding to a shooting in the 2500 block of McHenry St. found a woman lying unconscious and bleeding in front of a house. The woman, whose name was withheld, was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police were questioning a man in connection with the shooting.

About 12 hours earlier in Northwest Baltimore, an unidentified man was found fatally shot in the 5300 block of Cuthbert Ave. in Pimlico.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Courts

15-year-old gets life term in killing

A 15-year-old Baltimore boy convicted last month of killing another teenager who had taken his cousin on a date was sentenced yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to life in prison. In September last year, Kevin Scott of the 1900 block of Dukeland St. fatally shot Christopher Richardson, 15, who had taken his girlfriend out for an evening and had given her mother $200 to ensure that he would bring his date home on time. He did, and got his money back. Scott, who was 14 at the time, robbed him of the money and shot him several times in the head as he left the house, police said.

Julie Bykowicz

Baltimore: Northwest

Suspect arrested in deaf man's killing

A man sought in the beating-death of an elderly deaf resident of a Northwest Baltimore apartment building for the disabled was arrested yesterday afternoon by members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force. Raymond Hopewell, 34, is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 21 beating death of Carlton Crawford, 82, who had lived at the Louis W. Foxwell Memorial Apartments in the 3700 block of Greenspring Ave. since 1983.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore County: Essex

Roundabout work to close intersection

The intersection of Route 702 and Hyde Park Road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Oct. 1 to allow road crews to complete construction of a temporary roundabout, state highway officials said. The roundabout is to open for a six-month study period. Afterward, a permanent, $2 million fixture could be built. Detours will be posted.

Baltimore: Coppin State

Stadium authority is to build center

The Maryland Stadium Authority will design and build Coppin State University's physical education center, officials said yesterday. The center is expected to cost $77 million and be completed by 2007. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. included some of the money in his capital budget for this year, as well as funds for a new health and human services building.

Baltimore County: Towson

Comment invited on housing plan

Residents are invited to comment tonight on the proposed housing development on the Country Club of Maryland's property. A meeting is to be held at 7 p.m. at Idlewylde Community Hall, 6301 Sherwood Road. The club is proposing 56 semidetached houses.

Maryland: Education

6 named national Blue Ribbon Schools

Folger McKinsey Elementary in Anne Arundel County, Sparks Elementary in Baltimore County, Clarksville Elementary in Howard County and three other Maryland schools were named national Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education yesterday. The six were named Maryland Blue Ribbon schools last year. They are among 295 Blue Ribbon schools nationwide. Other schools recognized in Maryland are Rock Hall Elementary in Kent County, Viers Mill Elementary in Montgomery County and Showell Elementary in Worcester County, the state Education Department says.

Hanah Cho

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