Week In Review

October 09, 2005

Store owner shot over sandwich order

Nae Chun Pak, a Clarksville resident and owner of Cherry Hill Carryout in South Baltimore, was shot and killed at his store Monday night after what police and other sources said was an argument over an order for a steak sub.

William R. Langley, 48, who had served 22 years in state prison after fatally shooting another man in 1977, was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and assault and handgun violations in the death of Pak, 46.

Pak's slaying also stunned the region's community of Korean-American merchants, who met with city leaders Tuesday to discuss the killing.

Pak had owned the Cherry Hill store for about six years, said friend Kap Park, president of the Korean American Grocer Association in Baltimore. Park said city officials told him that the dispute in Pak's store began over an order for a steak sub.

"He was shy and not an outspoken person," Park said. "He would never start an argument with a customer."

Pak, who served on the association's board in the 1990s, previously owned a small convenient store in Baltimore, but Park said his friend gave up the business because it wasn't earning enough money for him to be able to send his daughters to college.

Pak lived in Clarksville with his twin 16-year-old daughters, 9-year-old son, wife and mother-in-law.

Langley was denied bail later in the week.

Wednesday, Page 1A

Homeless shelter plans expansion

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center has launched a $4.5 million fundraising campaign to pay for expanding the county's lone permanent homeless shelter on Freetown Road next to Atholton High School in Columbia.

The seven-year-old effort to expand the center has solid backing, with $1.5 million pledged by County Executive James N. Robey, $325,000 more from three private foundations, and bipartisan support for a $500,000 request for state bond money.

Construction could begin next year, officials said.

Before Grassroots director Andrea Ingram can start looking at artists' renderings of plans, she said, planners have to decide where to put shelter residents and staff members as the work is done.

Howard County Section, Wednesday, Page 10G

UMBC student earns youth award

Eighteen-year-old Amy Herstein, a University of Maryland, Baltimore County student who has been blind from birth and who hopes to open her own bakery when she graduates, was honored Thursday at the 11th annual Howard County Commission on Disabilities Awards breakfast at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Herstein received the youth award, one of the six presented at the ceremony. A National Honor Society member while at Centennial High School, Herstein is active in music, drama and volunteering. She spends time with people who have cancer and is helping to make quilts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Herstein is taking English and science classes at UMBC.

Howard County Section, Page 1G

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