Crime Watch


August 01, 2006

Man is shot by police during pursuit on foot

Four Baltimore police officers were assigned to administrative duties after the shooting early yesterday of a man during a foot pursuit, city police said.

The officers -- members of the Southwestern District's flex squad, were in plainclothes and riding in a patrol car in the 500 block of Brice St. about 12:10 a.m. when they heard gunshots.

When the officers stepped from the vehicle to investigate, they saw a man point a handgun at them, police said. During a brief foot pursuit, the man was shot at least once in the upper body by one of the officers. He was reported in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Later, it was learned that a gunman had shot two women near Brice Street. They were released after hospital treatment.

Names of the wounded suspect and the officers were not released yesterday.

Richard Irwin

Man gets U.S. gun term

A 23-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to slightly more than four years in prison yesterday on a federal gun-possession conviction.

Prosecutors said Sharif Taylor's guilty plea was part of an agreement under which he would plead guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court to voluntary manslaughter -- which he did in March -- and receive a prison term of 10 years to be served after the federal sentence.

"Local, state and federal officials are working as a team to make sure that any felon who carries a gun will go to jail," Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said yesterday.

Taylor fatally shot his uncle, David Covington, 56, in January last year in the house the men shared in the 2100 block of Aiken St. Taylor, a felon, used a gun that was the subject of the federal charge.

Matthew Dolan

Ex-bank teller gets 2 yearsM A former head bank teller who falsified vault records was sentenced to two years in federal prison yesterday, admitting she stole about $250,000 from the bank where she worked. Evelyn Maguire, 38, of Bel Air pleaded guilty in November to embezzlement of bank funds. Chief U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg yesterday ordered Maguire to pay restitution of $206,721. In addition, she forfeited three vans purchased with embezzled funds.

Maguire was head teller at the Wachovia branch on Martin Boulevard in Essex. In that role, Maguire was authorized to take cash from the vault, "sell" it to the tellers she supervised and make entries in bank records to reflect her activity. But prosecutors said she made false entries as a way to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars since 2003.

Matthew Dolan

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