City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 02, 2006

Maryland: Prevention

Boys & Girls Clubs get anti-gang grant

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has announced a $200,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Clubs across Maryland as part of his administration's gang-prevention initiative.

The grant money, awarded to the Maryland Alliance of Boys and Girls of America, will be distributed among 13 Boys and Girls Clubs in the state.

"Maryland's kids are our state's future," Ehrlich said in a statement. "We need to continue to support viable, education-oriented organizations, like the Boys and Girls Clubs, that offer alternatives to gang life."

Julie Bykowicz

Baltimore: Homicide

Police hold suspect in motel beating

Police have arrested a suspect in the Aug. 9 beating death of an East Baltimore motel employee.

Darryl Cook, 23, who had been sought for more than a month by the Regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force, was arrested Friday in the first block of S. Carey St.

Police said Cook is charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of Cecil Saunders, 28, an employee of Executive Inn Motel in the 3600 block of Pulaski Highway. Saunders' body was found on stairs leading to the second-floor landing of the motel, police said.

Police yesterday did not specify a motive for the killing, but said Cook was known to frequent East Baltimore motels. Cook also appeared to use several aliases, including Donnell Williams, police said.

Julie Bykowicz

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