City / County Digest

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October 13, 2006

Officer hit by car; partner shoots driver

A plainclothes city police officer was injured last night in Northwest Baltimore when he was struck by a car used in a suspected drug deal. The driver of the vehicle was then shot by the injured officer's partner, police said.

Both of those hurt in the incident were taken to Sinai Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

About 8:10 p.m., officers in an unmarked car in the 2600 block of Violet Ave. observed what appeared to be drug activity between two men in a vehicle, Harris said.

The officers followed the car to an alley near the 2600 block of Cottage Ave., where it stopped and one of the officers approached on foot, Harris said.

"When the officer neared the car, the driver sped up, striking the officer, who landed on the hood before falling to the pavement," Harris said. The officer suffered leg injuries, he said.

Harris said that when it appeared the car was going to run over the fallen officer, the partner fired at least one shot into the car, hitting the driver in the arm and wrist.

Before the wounded suspect was taken to the hospital, paramedics found suspected drugs in his pockets, said police Col. Frederick H. Bealefeld, head of the detective division.

The driver's companion was arrested without incident.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Mount Vernon

Arson to conceal assault suspected

A fire at a high-rise apartment building in the 1000 block of St. Paul St. Wednesday night might have been set by someone to conceal an assault on a 26-year-old male resident who was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said officers found evidence in a living room indicating that the victim, Marcus Rogers, might have been assaulted. He declined to elaborate. Rogers was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Firefighters responding to the first of two alarms found Rogers lying in the living room of the seventh-floor apartment about 11 p.m. Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said there was little fire but that the room was full of smoke when firefighters entered from a ladder.

Scores of residents were evacuated as smoke spread in the building.

Richard Irwin

Pratt Library

First hip-hop event is tomorrow

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is kicking off a monthlong series of free programs for teens focused on Hip-Hop Happenings. The first workshop is at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the central library's Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St., and will include Bossman and other hip-hop artists. Tickets for each of the free programs are available at the door, starting one hour in advance, and seating is limited. A certificate for a free recording session at James McHenry Recreation Center will be awarded to each teen who completes the writing and dance workshops. A schedule of the events is available at www.epfl.net/events/hiphop.html

Hagerstown: Woman's death

Family suing spinach company

The family of an 86-year-old Hagerstown woman who died last month filed suit in federal court in Baltimore yesterday, alleging that her death was caused by the negligence of a spinach distributor and the wholesaler. The suit alleges that June Dunning's death was the result of eating packaged baby spinach with the same strain of E. coli bacteria that sickened about 200 people and killed three across the country. The suit seeks unspecified damages from the wholesaler, Natural Selection Foods of San Juan Bautista, Calif., and the distributor, Dole Foods. Spokesman for the firms did not return phone calls yesterday.

Dennis O'Brien

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