GOP candidate Skinner gets Ehrlich's support



Wayne M. Skinner, a Republican candidate for the Baltimore County Council, received the endorsement of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday at an event in Perry Hall.

Skinner, a former county councilman and the deputy director of the state Department of Assessments and Taxation, is running against Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Democrat seeking his fifth term. The district stretches from Towson and Perry Hall to the eastern edge of the county and includes older, established neighborhoods as well as fast-growing areas such as Carney.

Ehrlich gave his endorsement before a number of Skinner's supporters at an Italian restaurant.

A spokeswoman for Ehrlich's re-election campaign said the governor "believes in Wayne Skinner's leadership and vision."

Ehrlich "made the decision early on to weigh in on a number of races, this being one of them," said his spokeswoman, Shareese DeLeaver. "He has committed to providing the support and resources of his campaign in helping further quality candidates."

Gardina received a $100,000 settlement from the state last year to settle a wrongful-termination lawsuit in which Gardina claimed he was fired from his state job because he is a Democrat.


Man fatally shot in apartment

Police were investigating the fatal shooting of a man early yesterday in his Dundalk apartment.

Around 12:15 a.m., three people entered an apartment in the 7500 block of Ives Lane and argued with a 28-year-old man before shooting him and fleeing, county police said.

The shooting victim, identified as Tyrone Jabar Boyd, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, county police said.

It was unclear what, if any, relationship existed between the people who came to the apartment and the victim, police said. It was also unclear how many times the man was shot, but police said witnesses heard several shots.

Nick Shields


Suspect sought in store robbery

Baltimore County police were seeking a suspect in the robbery of a Dollar Tree store in Rosedale.

A man entered the store in the 8600 block of Philadelphia Road about 5:40 p.m. Sept. 21, walked to an office, told the assistant manager to open a safe and pulled a handgun from his waistband, police said. When the assistant manager couldn't open the safe, the man took her at gunpoint to a cash register and demanded money. The assistant manager gave an undisclosed amount of money to the man, who walked out of the store, according to police.

Police described the suspect as a male, 37 to 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build, a goatee and short, black, braided hair. He wore blue jeans, tennis shoes and a black T-shirt, and had a tan towel draped over his shoulder, police said.

Anyone with information was asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP. Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.


Officer injured in city crash

An unmarked Baltimore County police car was struck yesterday, sending an officer to the hospital, authorities said.

A Baltimore County police officer's unmarked car was near Holabird and Dundalk avenues in Baltimore about 8:30 a.m. when a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck struck the vehicle on its side, authorities said.

The officer, whose identity was not released, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, officials said.

The driver of the truck temporarily lost consciousness but refused medical treatment, authorities said. The accident will be investigated by city police, authorities said.

Nick Shields

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