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December 18, 2006|By Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Standoff

Man who fatally shot himself is identified

A man who fatally shot himself Saturday night after a standoff with police at his estranged wife's West Baltimore home was identified yesterday as 29-year-old Howard Dukes. Family members had alerted police that Dukes had a shotgun inside the home in the 2500 block of Arunah Ave., and was threatening to kill his wife and their two children, ages 2 and 7, police said. "He came to the house for a scheduled visit with his children," said Officer Troy Harris, a spokesman for the city police. "She said the marriage was pretty much over. He returns with a shotgun and states he can't live without her." Efforts by police to persuade Dukes to surrender were rebuffed during a six-hour standoff, and he was pronounced dead after shooting himself in the head, police said.

Greg Garland and Richard Irwin

Russell Street

Bridge work closes southbound lane

The right lane of southbound Russell Street will be closed from Waterview Avenue to Annapolis Road from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. today through Friday, the Department of Transportation announced. Crews are building a steel support for the Annapolis Road Bridge. Transportation officials said that tomorrow, the Russell Street ramp leading to southbound Interstate 95 will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for construction on the Russell Street Bridge. Also starting tomorrow, and lasting through the year, traffic on Russell Street will be rerouted onto the new section of the bridge and lanes will be closed on the highway from Bush Street to Waterview Avenue.

Baltimore County: Essex

Body of man found fatally shot in yard

Officers responding to gunfire last night on Rumelia Circle in Essex found the body of a man who had been shot lying in the front yard of a townhouse, police said. There was no apparent connection between the man's death shortly after 9 p.m. and the burglary of a house on the block Saturday in which two handguns and cash were stolen, police said. The man's identity was withheld.

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