Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

May 17, 2006

Gunman chases, kills 2 in Southwest Baltimore

Two people were fatally shot last night while being chased by a gunman across an intersection in Southwest Baltimore's Carrollton Ridge neighborhood, city police said.

The victims - both males - died a short time later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Their names were withheld pending notification of relatives.

A gunman had been chasing the victims in the 2000 block of Eagle St. about 10 p.m. and fired at least a dozen shots from a semiautomatic handgun, police said. One victim fell in front of a house at Eagle and Payson streets, while the other fell in the street about 30 feet away, police said.

A handgun believed to be used in the shootings was recovered at the scene, police said.

Teen charged in baby's death

A 17-year-old girl has been indicted in the death of her newborn son, whose body was found in a trash can outside her mother's Arnold home, the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office said yesterday.

Megan Patria was charged Friday as an adult with second-degree murder.

Patria, a former Broadneck High School student who lives with her father in Baltimore County, surrendered to police Monday afternoon. The initial $750,000 bail was reduced to $150,000 yesterday, but she was still being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center.

Patria gave birth Dec. 4 in her then-home in the 300 block of Buena Vista Ave. Police said Patria's mother grew suspicious that evening and questioned her daughter, who said that she had given birth and that the baby boy was in a garbage can next to the house.

Prosecutors ruled the death a homicide in February.

A county grand jury also indicted Patria on charges of child abuse resulting in death, and manslaughter.

Nia-Malika Henderson

Man pleads guilty to dumping

A Columbia man pleaded guilty yesterday in Howard District Court to dumping 33 dead snow geese near a playground in Columbia in March.

Edward Dillon, 21, of the 9600 block of Sea Shadow, received probation before judgment from Judge Alice P. Clark, meaning that the guilty verdict will not be on his record if he successfully completes probation, said T. Wayne Kirwan, a Howard County state's attorney's office spokesman.

The judge fined Dillon $500 and sentenced him to 50 hours of community service and 18 months of supervised probation, Kirwan said.

According to charging documents, Dillon told police he received the geese from his boss, cut them up for meat and then disposed of them near the playground.

Laura Cadiz

Guilty plea in benefits theft

A Montgomery County woman pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to stealing more than $700,000 in government benefits earmarked for her mother, who died in 1983.

Dana Price, 48, of Olney admitted in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt that she concealed information about the death of her mother from the Office of Personnel Management.

According to court documents, her mother, Joan Price, legitimately received survivor benefits based on her husband's federal civilian service until her death Sept. 3, 1983. After her mother's death, Dana Price was not eligible for benefits.

But between 1983 and 2005, Dana Price knowingly continued to receive her mother's benefits by pretending her mother was alive, court papers say.

Prosecutors said in court papers that they will seek restitution at sentencing.

Price faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. has scheduled sentencing for Aug. 25.

Matthew Dolan

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