Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

April 04, 2006

Killer of husband had protective order

A Randallstown woman who told police that she fatally shot her estranged husband Saturday after he threatened her with an ax handle had successfully sought a court order barring him from contacting her, court records show.

Karen L. Foxx, 35, asked a Baltimore County District Court judge in November to keep Herman E. Bullock away after, she said, he threatened twice in one week to kill her. Bullock had previously slapped Foxx several times, dragged her down the stairs and kicked, punched, pushed and choked her, Foxx wrote in her request for a protective order. Foxx also wrote that he had killed their Chihuahua by throwing him out the door, breaking the dog's neck. The protective order, signed in November, was set to expire a year later.

Foxx called police Saturday afternoon to report that she had just shot Bullock, 45, after he had come to her house and threatened her. Baltimore County prosecutor S. Ann Brobst said that the case is under investigation and will be presented to a grand jury "to see if, in their opinion, any charges should be filed."

Foxx could not be reached yesterday for comment.

As part of an earlier protective order, signed in June, a judge barred Bullock from contacting his wife, ordered him to vacate their home and directed him to complete a domestic violence counseling program, court records show.

Bullock was acquitted in April 2004 of an assault charge that was filed after he allegedly punched and scratched Foxx and tore her shirt during an argument about her late working hours, according to court records.

Jennifer McMenamin

Towson

Grants approved for eye-care firm

The County Council approved last night $27,500 in grants to a Towson eye-care firm for employee training.

Katzen Eye Group will receive $3,500 in county grants and $24,000 in federal grants to train employees in high-tech machines and electronic medical records.

The county administration withdrew the proposal in February after council members questioned the idea of the county giving money to a private company for in-house employee training. County economic development officials resubmitted the proposal, saying such grants improve the skills of the county work force, and they pointed to a letter from Katzen that said the company plans to hire more workers.

The proposal passed, 5-2. Councilmen Joseph Bartenfelder, a Fullerton Democrat, and Vincent J. Gardina, a Towson-Perry Hall Democrat, voted against the measure.

Josh Mitchell

Parkville

Four families left homeless by fire

A two-alarm fire that swept through a dozen apartments Sunday evening left four families homeless, county fire officials said yesterday.

The fire in the first block of Bexleigh Court, reported about 5:30 p.m., damaged 12 units in the Doncaster Village Apartments complex, said Elise Armacost, a Fire Department spokeswoman. Two of the apartments were heavily damaged by the fire, which took firefighters about 30 minutes to control, she said. No one was injured.

The blaze was started by unattended candles and has been ruled an accident, Armacost said.

Laura Barnhardt

Woodlawn

Hearing set for girl in shooting

A 16-year-old girl is scheduled for a bail review hearing today after being arrested in the shooting and attempted robbery of a man in the Woodlawn area, county police said yesterday.

Police arrested Tanya L. Harris late Friday at her home in the 5900 block of Hilltop Ave. She was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder, handgun possession and first-degree assault. She was denied bail and is being held in the county detention center.

Police said Harris is charged with the attempted murder of Lensey Hamilton, 26, during an attempted robbery about 7:45 p.m. March 27 in the first block of East Bend Court.

Ridgeleigh

Man, 24, convicted of murder

A 24-year-old Gwynn Oak man has been convicted of murder for shooting the friend of a woman he had been harassing over the phone, Baltimore County prosecutors said yesterday.

Friday afternoon, after a three-day trial and about four hours of deliberations, a Baltimore County jury convicted Charles M. Sealover of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and use of a handgun in a violent crime in the January 2005 death of Shawn Shroyer. The 25-year-old was shot in the chest near Naturo Road and Loch Raven Boulevard after he told Sealover to stop calling his friend, according to court records.

Jennifer McMenamin

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