City / County Digest


January 31, 2007

Trash-bin fire contributes to traffic jam

A small trash-bin fire near a downtown office building contributed to a traffic jam during yesterday morning's rush hour, clogging streets north of the Inner Harbor and backing up cars on the Jones Falls Expressway from Fayette Street to Cold Spring Lane.

Adrienne Barnes, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Transportation, said the fire closed several blocks of St. Paul Street and all but one lane on Fayette Street from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in the Maryland section Wednesday misstated how much prison time two Baltimore men could receive when they are sentenced for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Farrakhan Jenkins and Tavon Coleman will each be sentenced to no more than 10 years.
The Sun regrets the error.

Annie Linskey

Baltimore: West side

Three plead guilty in fatal shooting

Three Baltimore men pleaded guilty yesterday to fatally shooting a man who had locked himself out of his car in November 2005 in West Baltimore.

The plea deal means that one man will receive no more than 20 years in prison, and the other two will receive more than 10 years each.

The shooting occurred Nov. 25 in the 700 block of N. Payson St.

Joshua Mills, 21, of the 2500 block of Winchester St., pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Antwon Torain, 35. Farrakhan Jenkins, 22, of the 700 block of N. Payson St., and Tavon Coleman, 20, of the 500 block of N. Brice St., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Torain had asked the defendants for help in getting into his locked car, but they instead tried to sell him drugs. After an argument, Mills shot Torain in the head and the neck, prosecutors said.

The three are scheduled to be sentenced in March, with Mills eligible to receive up to 20 years.

Julie Bykowicz

Anne Arundel: Hanover

Reward offered in nightclub arson

Two months after a three-alarm blaze caused $1.5 million in damage to Cancun Cantina, a Hanover nightclub, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department yesterday announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the arsonist or arsonists. More than 250 patrons and employees were in the club, at 7501 Old Telegraph Road, on Dec. 2 when the fire broke out. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers, 866-7LOCKUP, or the county fire marshal's office, 410-222-7884 or 410-222-TIPS.

Dan Lamothe

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