City/county Digest


August 28, 2006

Man found fatally shot on street in Columbia

A young man was found shot to death yesterday morning outside a home on a cul-de-sac in Columbia's Hickory Ridge village.

About 10 a.m., Howard County police received a 911 call reporting that a body was lying outside a home in the Sierra Villas development in the 11200 block of Crystal Run, near Little Patuxent Parkway. The victim - whose name was not released - might have been dead since late Saturday, police said.

Suzanne Vanorder, a resident of the development for 13 years, said she did not hear anything out of the ordinary Saturday night while watching television and was surprised when detectives knocked on her door in the morning.

"All the police knew was that it was a homicide and it appeared that the victim had been shot and he managed to go a little bit further up the sidewalk before he collapsed," Vanorder said.

"The indication was that he was not a resident," Vanorder said. "Apparently, nobody knew who he was. Actually, that's a little comforting to the residents here. We're a close-knit community here and we try to look out for each other when we can."

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy, police said.

Richard Irwin and Nicole Fuller

Baltimore: Cherry Hill

Double shooting leaves 1 man dead

Two young men were shot, one of them fatally, early yesterday on a street in the Cherry Hill community of South Baltimore.

Southern District officers responding to a report that two men had been shot in the 2800 block of Round Road, near Bridgeview Road, found one victim bleeding from a gunshot wound to the stomach and the other with a bullet wound to the chest.

One of the men died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The other victim was in serious condition in Shock Trauma, police said. The names of the men were withheld.

Richard Irwin

Prisons: Jessup

Inmate stabbed by unknown attacker

A 28-year-old inmate was stabbed several times at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup last night, and taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, authorities said.

The attack was reported about 7 p.m., and details were not available.

Battalion Chief Steve Thompson of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said the inmate sustained several stab wounds that did not appear life-threatening.

Maj. Priscilla Doggett, a spokeswoman for the state Division of Correction, said the stabbing occurred in the prison's "I" dormitory.

The inmate, who is serving a 30-year term for second-degree murder, approached a prison officer near the dormitory, saying he had been stabbed and needed medical attention.

Doggett said the inmate was treated at the prison infirmary before being transferred to Shock Trauma. His name was not divulged.

She said the department's internal investigation unit was attempting to identify the inmate's assailant and recover the weapon.

The stabbing comes less than a week after the retirement of Frank C. Sizer Jr. as commissioner of the Division of Correction and the appointment of his assistant John A. Rowley as acting commissioner.

Richard Irwin

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