City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

June 08, 2006

Robey signs Howard County smoking ban

Howard County's smoking ban is official, though not yet in force.

His sleeves rolled up and a county photographer snapping away, County Executive James N. Robey signed Council Bill No. 38 at 9:30 a.m. yesterday in his office, just as the bill's co-sponsor, Councilman Ken Ulman, a West Columbia Democrat, arrived with another supporter, Councilman Calvin Ball, an East Columbia Democrat.

The bulk of the law will take effect Aug. 7, except for places that now allow smoking. They have until June 1, 2007, to comply.

The law bars smoking in bars and restaurants, outdoors at entertainment and sporting events, and within 15 feet of a building entrance, except on Main Street in Ellicott City and at outdoor restaurant eating areas.

Robey, a Democrat running for the state Senate, joked that he had never before had an advertised bill signing in his eight years in office.

"Where's the crowd of people behind me?" said the two-term county executive.

Larry Carson

Baltimore: Shooting

Man wounded by officer identified

A man who was shot and critically wounded by a Baltimore police officer Tuesday night after a pursuit in North Baltimore was identified by police yesterday as 24-year-old Darryl Haskins Jr.

Police said Northern District Lt. Stanley Noland shot Haskins in the upper body after being threatened with a sawed-off shotgun. Haskins was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where police said he was listed in critical condition.

Haskins was stopped by police for a minor traffic violation about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2800 block of Greenmount Ave. Police said two occupants left the two-door 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and that the driver sped away and was chased.

The pursuit ended a few minutes later when the Monte Carlo went through a stop sign at Frisby and Montpelier streets and hit a marked patrol car, slightly injuring Officers Norm Shifflet and Tracy McKissick, police said.

A police spokesman said Noland got out of his cruiser and approached the driver's side of the Monte Carlo. Police said Haskins displayed a sawed-off shotgun and pointed it in Noland's direction, and that Noland, a 26-year veteran, fired twice.

Chris Yakaitis

Franklin Square

Man found shot on street dies

A 24-year-old man was fatally shot in the head early yesterday in the Franklin Square section of West Baltimore, city police said.

Marlow Hill of the 2900 block of Oakford Ave. was found lying in the 1800 block of W. Saratoga St. shortly after 1 a.m. with an apparent gunshot wound, police said.

He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Police said they knew of no motive or suspects.

Manslaughter

Woman pleads guilty in stabbing

A Northeast Baltimore woman pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to voluntary manslaughter. Prosecutors said Delaka Danielle Augins, 22, stabbed to death a 23-year-old woman after the two fought about a candle that had been destroyed. Angel Simms, one of Augins' neighbors in the 2800 block of Pelham Ave., was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center shortly after the fight. Augins is to be sentenced next month.

Julie Bykowicz

Anne Arundel: Fort Meade

Boy killed in accident identified

The 13-year-old boy who died of injuries sustained in a construction site accident on Saturday at Fort Meade was identified yesterday as Jose Mendez of Hyattsville, a spokeswoman for the military post in Anne Arundel County said yesterday.

The boy had gone to the post with his stepfather, Gerardo A. Jimenez of Hyattsville, said Jennifer Downing, a spokeswoman for the Army base.

Jimenez worked for a subcontractor there, Downing said, adding that she did not know additional details about the circumstances of the accident.

The child was taken to a military emergency post and then flown to Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, she said.

Andrea F. Siegel

Carroll County: Westminster

Clean Car Clinic to be held Saturday

The county government will hold a free Clean Car Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at TownMall of Westminster. Drivers can get a free 38-point quality inspection of their cars to ensure that they are running cleanly and efficiently.

AAA-certified technicians will check tire pressure, fluid levels, belts, hoses, filters and more, and provide recommendations. Information: 410-386-2145.

Ellie Baublitz

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