City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

August 01, 2006

Boy, 12, is shot by a cousin, 8, toying with gun

A 12-year-old boy was in critical condition last night after being shot by an 8-year-old cousin who was playing with a loaded handgun, Annapolis police said.

The victim, whose name police did not release, was flown to Johns Hopkins Childrens Hospital.

The children were playing yesterday afternoon in the 12-year-old's home in the 900 block of Central St., which is near Wiley H. Bates Middle School, police said. The bullet went though the boy's neck and exited though his shoulder, police said.

After being shot, the boy staggered out of the back of his house and walked around to the front. The boy was conscious when he was flown out, police said, and the injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Police could not say early yesterday evening who owns the gun or why the boys were playing with it. It is against the law to leave weapons in a place accessible to children under the age of 16, police spokesman Kevin Freeman said.

The police will consult with the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office to determine if charges should be filed, police said.

Annie Linskey

Baltimore: Traffic deaths

Two men killed in separate crashes

A Baltimore County man died early yesterday, shortly after the pickup truck he was driving crashed into a utility pole on Harford Road in Northeast Baltimore, city police said.

John W. Weiss, 70, of the first block of E. Maple Ave. in Overlea, was driving a 2005 Dodge pickup north in the 7200 block of Harford about 1 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle for no apparent reason. He died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center less than an hour later, police said.

Police also reported the death Sunday of a Prince George's County man after a fiery car crash in Southeast Baltimore.

Michael White, 22, of New Carrollton, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Impala east in the 4200 block of Boston St., near Haven Street, about 2:10 a.m. Sunday when he sped over railroad tracks, causing the car to "bottom out."

Police said White lost control of the car and struck a street sign before the car burst into flames. Two witnesses pulled White and his passenger, Matthew Sheckles, 23, also of New Carrollton, from the burning vehicle. Both were taken to Hopkins Bayview, where White died about 30 minutes later. Sheckles' condition was not available yesterday.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Recreation

Sports festival scheduled tomorrow

The Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks is holding a sports festival from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Clarence H. Du Burns Arena in Canton. Boys and girls ages 5 to 13 can participate in a wide range of activities, including rock climbing, football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey and bowling. There also will be a water slide and trampoline. Prizes and certificates will be awarded. Entrance fee is $5 per person. Information: 410-396- 4202.

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