Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

August 08, 2006

Man is fatally shot near city high school

A man who died late Sunday after being gunned down in an alley near Forest Park High School was identified by police as Gregory Moore, 40, of the 4700 block of Melbourne Road. Police said yesterday that the apparent motive was robbery.

Northwestern District officers, responding to a 911 call shortly after 10 p.m. reporting shots fired in the 4100 block of Rollins Ave., found the victim lying in an alley and bleeding from at least one gunshot wound to the neck, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

Moore was pronounced dead at Sinai Hospital at 10:34 p.m., becoming the city's 167th homicide victim this year - three fewer than at the same time in 2005, Harris said.

No arrest had been made, and Metro Crime Stoppers, 410-276-8888, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Richard Irwin

Neighbor accused of assault

Harford County sheriff's deputies charged a 42-year-old Forest Hill man with first-degree assault - alleged to have shot his neighbor in the neck with a pellet gun after a grass-cutting dispute, the sheriff's office said yesterday.

The victim, Gabriele Marita Chenoweth, 62, was mowing her lawn in the 1200 block of Walters Mill Road late Saturday when her neighbor, Todd Lee Messick, became agitated and reportedly began blowing sand on her with a leaf blower, police said. A few minutes later, she felt a sharp pain on the right side of her neck and saw Messick on his front porch, holding a rifle aimed at her, police said.

Chenoweth had surgery at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center to remove a pellet from her neck. Messick was charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, and released on $75,000 bond. According to court records, Chenoweth and Messick have filed various complaints against each other.

Justin Fenton

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