City/county Digest


July 10, 2006

Anne Arundel: Pasadena

Man charged in his mother's death

A 25-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his mother Saturday night at her Pasadena home, the Anne Arundel County Police Department said yesterday. Police found Rae Neiman Bajus, 53, with an upper body gunshot wound in the living room of her house in the 100 block of Beacrane Road at about 9:30 p.m. She was pronounced dead at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, police said. The victim's husband, David Bajus, 54, told police that his stepson, Zachary T. Neiman, had fired the shotgun at his mother, Rae Bajus. David Bajus escaped unharmed. Police arrested Neiman in a nearby wooded area an hour and a half later and charged him in his mother's death. A motive for the shooting remains unknown, police said.

Laura McCandlish

Baltimore: Southwest

Police name driver who was fatally shot

Police have identified the 20-year-old driver fatally shot in Southwest Baltimore Saturday night as Elroy Long Jr. of the 4900 block of Challedon Road. They said yesterday they knew of no motive or suspect.

Long was driving a car on Long Island Avenue when he was shot in the back by someone outside his vehicle, police said. He collapsed in the 400 block of Long Island Ave. and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died, police said.

Laura McCandlish

West side

Apartment blaze tied to gas blast

A natural gas explosion was probably the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a West Baltimore apartment building Saturday evening and forced residents to flee, a city Fire Department spokesman said yesterday. A gaping hole in the back of the building exposed at least four units in the 2 1/2 -story brick building in the 2600 block of Garrison Blvd., said the spokesman, Chief Kevin Cartwright. Results of an investigation into the cause of the blaze are expected this week, he said. One resident suffered burns to his chest, face and arms, and remained in serious condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Cartwright said.

Laura McCandlish

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