City / County Digest

CIYT / COUNTY DIGEST

October 17, 2006

Baltimore: Downtown

Group protests police arrest tactics

Nearly 40 people gathered outside the War Memorial Building to protest what they believe are abuses by the Baltimore Police Department - including thousands of arrests for nuisance crimes and the death of businessman Robert Lee Clay.

Critics of Mayor Martin O'Malley contend that the Democratic candidate for governor has overseen a police department that arrests thousands of people without ever charging them. The issue has also become part of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s re-election campaign's criticism of O'Malley.

The Baltimore City Council announced last night that it would hold a hearing Dec. 13 to discuss a resolution calling for police to reopen the investigation into the death of Clay, a prominent Baltimore businessman and advocate for minority businesses. His death was ruled a suicide by the state medical examiner's office, but questions were raised by Clay's family and friends about the cause of his death last year.

Doug Donovan

Harford County: Accident

Man, 20, dies when car strikes tree

A 20-year-old Harford County man was killed early yesterday after his car struck a tree and burst into flames near his home, according to the county sheriff's office. The victim, tentatively identified as David Robert Knox of the 1500 block of Ridge Road in Whiteford, was traveling west on Ridge Road near Heaps School Road in a 1999 Toyota Corolla about 2:35 a.m. when the car left the road, struck a tree and caught fire, said Robert B. Thomas, a sheriff's office spokesman. Knox was pronounced dead at the scene, Thomas said. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death and to provide a positive identification.

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