Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

December 08, 2006

Man, 19, killed near home in Belair-Edison, A 19-year-old man died early yesterday after being shot late Wednesday three blocks from his home in Baltimore's Belair-Edison neighborhood, city police said.

Northeastern District officers responding to gunfire in front of a house in the 3400 block of Kenyon Ave. just before midnight found Travon Johnson lying on the pavement and bleeding from multiple wounds, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

Johnson, a resident of the 3600 block of Brehms Lane, was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police found narcotics in Johnson's pockets, but no motive for the shooting had been determined, Monroe said.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the killing, the city's 252nd homicide this year, one fewer than at the corresponding time last year, police said.

Richard Irwin

3 Harford teens charged

Three Harford County teenagers were charged yesterday in connection with the detonation of two explosive devices fashioned from soda bottles at a Whiteford grocery store last week, fire officials said. Heather Reynolds, 18, of Whiteford; Lauren Dobbs, 18, of Forest Hill; and a 16-year-old boy from Whiteford have been charged with a felony count of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device and conspiracy. The incident occurred Nov. 30 at Klein's Supermarket on Dooley Road. Two devices were detonated at 7:30 p.m., causing $500 in damage. The felony charges can result in a sentence of up to 25 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

Justin Fenton

Man, 24, shot near school

Baltimore's Cherry Hill Elementary School was locked down yesterday morning because of a shooting nearby, city police said.

Several men were walking next to the school in the 800 block of Bridgeview Road about 10 a.m. when a gunman fired several shots, hitting a 24-year-old man in the lower back. The victim, a resident of the Gwynn Oak neighborhood, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released, police said.

An intense search that included the use of a police helicopter failed to find the gunman, and the lockdown ended a little more than an hour later when the area was deemed safe, police said.

Richard Irwin

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