Maryland Digest


August 06, 2006


Suspect is arrested in fatal May holdup

Annapolis police officers arrested a 20-year-old man yesterday in connection with a May 26 robbery that left a man dead.

Tony Tahzay Brown was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and related charges. He was arrested at his home on Old Solomons Island Road at 5 a.m. yesterday. He is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center without bail, police said.

The victim, Jose D. Martinez of Bowie, was fatally shot after he struggled with two men who tried to rob him while he was with friends in Annapolis.

Rona Marech


Collision on U.S. 1 kills one, hurts two

A suspected drunken driver was involved in a two-vehicle crash that killed one person and seriously injured two others early yesterday in Elkridge, police said.

The 27-year-old driver, Dwayne Shontae Williams of Columbia, was arrested on charges of manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

The collision occurred on U.S. 1 north of Montgomery Road shortly before 7 a.m. when Williams turned his car into the path of a pickup truck. Williams was trying to turn into the parking lot of the Tip Top Motel when the crash occurred, police said.

Two passengers in Williams' car were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where one woman died. Police did not immediately release the names of the passengers. Williams was not injured, police said.

Johnny Grimes, 58, of Baltimore, the driver of the Ford Ranger pickup, was also taken to Shock Trauma. He was in serious but stable condition, police said.

Rona Marech


Lawyers ask to bar death penalty in case

Lawyers for a state prison inmate charged with killing a correctional officer have asked a judge to bar prosecutors from seeking the death penalty, arguing that Maryland's lethal-injection method is cruel and unusual.

Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty if Brandon T. Morris, 20, is convicted of first-degree murder in the Jan. 26 shooting death of Jeffery A. Wroten. A judge will hear arguments on Morris' motion Sept. 20.

Wroten, a correctional officer at Roxbury Correctional Institution, was shot with his own gun while guarding Morris at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. Wroten was from Martinsburg, W.Va.

Associated Press


Fire at zoo ruled accidental

A fire that killed nearly 100 exotic reptiles, birds and monkeys at the Tri-State Zoological Park in March was accidental, the state fire marshal's office said last week.

A faulty electric service wire ignited floor joists, starting a blaze that spread throughout a building that served as a winter home for warm-weather creatures, the agency said.

Associated Press

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