The Week That Was

December 17, 2006

2 officers seriously wounded

Two police officers were seriously wounded in separate incidents in Baltimore County. A Maryland state trooper, Tfc. Eric D. Workman, suffered life-threatening injuries when police closing in on a robbery suspect traded shots with a recent parolee on Forest Park Avenue. Baltimore County Officer David T. Garner was shot while tracking a supermarket robbery suspect in Perry Hall.

Ground rents bite homeowners

The arcane Baltimore system of ground rents is increasingly being used by some investors as a tool to seize homes or extract big fees from homeowners, an investigation by The Sun has found. In response to the articles, several state lawmakers said they are drafting legislation to change the ground rent system.

FOR THE RECORD - An item in "The Week That Was" column in yesterday's editions misstated the status of a suspect in the shooting of a state trooper. The suspect's release from prison in June had been mandatory under state law because of the time he had served and the credits he had earned through his conduct while incarcerated. He was not released on parole.
The Sun regrets the error.

Spicknall found dead in prison

Richard Spicknall II, 34, who seven years ago shot and killed his two small children while they were strapped in their car seats, was found dead in the showers at a Jessup prison, authorities said. The state medical examiner ruled the death a "homicide by general asphyxia."

Former jail guard gets 20 years

A former correctional officer convicted of stomping a detainee to death at the downtown jail was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Dameon C. Woods was found guilty of second-degree murder in the beating of Raymond K. Smoot last year. Meanwhile, Nathan D. Colbert, another former officer charged in the incident whose case was dismissed by a judge because of insufficient evidence, has been given back his job by an independent state agency.

Lomax released after 39 years

Walter Lomax, a 59-year-old man who spent almost four decades behind bars for a robbery and killing he says he did not commit, was freed after a Baltimore Circuit Court judge reopened his case, then sentenced him to time served after appeals from defense lawyers.

AIG unit to buy port operations

DP World said that AIG Global Investment Group, the U.S. insurer's asset manager, was the highest bidder for the Middle Eastern company's operations in Baltimore and five other U.S. ports.

Clash over Cecil County growth

In a looming clash between Smart Growth and environmental protection, Cecil County officials say that a state plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay could steer development away from the county's designated growth area and onto farmland, where it would worsen sprawl and pollute the estuary even more.

Decline in home sales slows

The number of homes sold last month in metropolitan Baltimore posted the smallest decline in 10 months as sellers became increasingly willing to forgo price gains - a trend that could signal that the sales slump here might be nearing bottom.

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