City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

December 12, 2005

Armed man seen at Towson mall

Baltimore County police were seeking a man yesterday who dropped a handgun in the ground level of a garage at Towson Town Center on Dulaney Valley Road after shoppers reported the armed man to security officers, county police said.

The incident occurred about 4:15 p.m. Saturday in the parking area near Hecht's. Police, who released details yesterday, said the man dropped the weapon and ran from the garage moments before security officers arrived. The gun was turned over to county police.

Security and lighting at the center has been increased since William A. Bassett, a 58-year-old science teacher and administrator at St. Paul's School, was shot and killed Feb. 18 inside a garage.

Richard Irwin

Anne Arundel: Glen Burnie

Woman seriously injured in beating

An Anne Arundel County woman remained in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after police said she was beaten with a lug wrench; her car was then set on fire. The woman's boyfriend, Reginald Omega Graves, 42, of the 400 block of Hidden Brook Drive, was charged with attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and arson, police said. The attack occurred Saturday as the suspect and Syretha Johnson, 24, were driving in Glen Burnie. Johnson suffered injuries to her head and face and burns to her body.

Justin Fenton

Montgomery: Bethesda

Barn fire causes $100,000 in damage

Montgomery County firefighters extinguished a barn fire in Bethesda near Congressional Country Club yesterday that caused more than $100,000 in damage, officials said. The cause is believed to be electrical, officials said.

Justin Fenton

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