Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

February 23, 2007

Four charged in death of Essex man

Three men and a 14-year-old boy have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Essex man, county police said yesterday.

The four are charged in the Dec. 17 death of Marquel Smith, 32, who was shot several times in front of his home in first block of Rumelia Circle.

Police said one of the men charged in the killing, Michael Anthony Banks, 19, of Altoona, Pa., is a member of the Bloods gang.

Smith "was not a random target," said Cpl. Michael Hill, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department.

Also charged with murder were Troy Wesley Smith, 24, also of the first block of Rumelia Circle, Tavon Martez Mouzone, 21, of the 4600 block of Park Heights Ave. in Baltimore, and James Edward Smoot, 14, of the first block of Moline Circle in Essex.

Smoot has been charged as an adult, county police said.

All four have been denied bail and are being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center to await trial, authorities said.

Nick Shields

Cockeysville

3 sought in restaurant burglary

Baltimore County police were searching for three people suspected of burglarizing a Cockeysville restaurant.

The burglars pried open the front door of Patrick's of Cockeysville, in the 500 block of Cranbrook Road, between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday, county police said. They broke into a safe and a desk and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, then fled, police said.

A video camera captured the three walking around the restaurant several hours before the burglary, county police said. The suspects were wearing camouflage pants and coats, police said.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.

Nick Shields

Crime

Traffic stop leads to drug bust

Two men were arrested after police found 100 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of car that had been pulled over for a traffic violation on Interstate 95 in Baltimore County, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said yesterday.

The driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu was pulled over for following another vehicle too closely about 1 p.m. Wednesday, police said yesterday. Nearly 96 pounds of marijuana, which had been bought in New York and was bound for Norfolk, Va., was found during a search of the vehicle, police said.

Richard Nathaniel Edmonds, 23, of Norfolk, and Antonio Kipland Evans, 33, of Chesapeake, Va., were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and other charges, police said.

Both were being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, authorities said.

Nick Shields

Education

Eastern Tech wins competition

Eastern Technical High School students recently won first and second place in the Baltimore Chapter of the American Society of Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Engineers competition, school officials announced yesterday.

It was the school's sixth win in seven years, school officials said.

Three teams of Eastern Tech computer-aided drafting and design students competed with teams from two other counties in Timonium this month.

The first-place team was made up of juniors Brad Myers, Ian Jones and George Hess.

Second place went to a team composed of juniors Amanda Carrigan, Collin Stewart and Caitlyn Alfred.

This year's competition required the students to calculate various loads on a building, respond to questions related to mechanical engineering and complete a comprehensive layout and cost estimate for an air-handling system.

The school also announced yesterday that Eastern Technical High management students recently took first place in the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational Culinary and Management Competitions at Howard Community College.

Eastern Tech's management team was one of five from the state to compete. The team was made up of seniors James Morgan, Keisha Wilson, Tracie Schrack and Lauren Busky.

The team advances to the National ProStart Management Competition which will be held in Charlotte, N.C., April 20-22.

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