City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

March 08, 2007

Speed is blamed in crash that killed two in Howard

Excessive speed caused the two-car crash that killed an Ellicott City pediatrician and a Howard Community College student, according to preliminary findings by Howard County police investigators.

Police said yesterday that a Ford Taurus driven by Christopher C. McCullough, 21, of Ellicott City was speeding when it crossed the median of Route 103 near Chatsworth Way late Monday and struck a Volkswagen Passat driven by Dr. Allan Theodore Leffler II, 66. Both drivers, who were killed on impact, were wearing seat belts, police said yesterday.

How fast the Taurus was going in an area where the speed limit is 40 mph was not released by investigators.

"The investigation is still ongoing, so none of the findings have been revealed [about] speed or other factors at this point," said Sherry Llewellyn, a police spokeswoman.

McCullough's car had just rounded a curve when the accident occurred on a slight incline.

The condition of Leffer's wife, Melissa Leffler, 58, a passenger in the Passat, was upgraded to fair yesterday by Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was being treated.

Tyrone Richardson

Baltimore: Redevelopment

Winning project team includes Ravens star

A team that includes Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis is Mayor Sheila Dixon's choice to convert a blighted waterfront stretch of Baltimore into a $250 million office and sports complex.

Late last year, Baltimore Development Corp. recommended Lewis, along with the Rockville-based Cormony Development, to redevelop and manage Gateway South, an 11-acre industrial site south of M&T Bank Stadium and east of the 500-acre Carroll Camden Industrial Park.

Dixon affirmed BDC's recommendation at a news conference yesterday.

The developers want to build 600,000 square feet of office space and a "sportsplex" with 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor fields for activities including soccer, lacrosse and football. They would also include a 25,000-square-foot health club and 100,000 square feet of retail.

Fire

2 houses, church damaged; 2 injured

A fire that broke out in an East Baltimore rowhouse early yesterday spread to a neighboring home and a church as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, a Fire Department spokesman said. Two people were injured.

About 3 a.m., firefighters were called to an occupied rowhouse in the 2300 block of E. Madison St., said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman. Flames and smoke were visible through the rowhouse's roof, he said.

A man jumped from the second floor of the house and suffered wounds to his face, Cartwright said. A second man, who walked out of the house, suffered second-degree burns on one of his arms, Cartwright said.

The two-alarm fire damaged the roof and second floor of a neighboring house and also damaged Full Gospel Deliverance Church at 2308 E. Madison St.

The fire was extinguished after about an hour. The cause is under investigation, Cartwright said.

Courts

Life plus 20 years in blogger kin's killing

After dozens of blog entries tracking the angst she felt as the trial for her brother's accused killer approached, a Baltimore woman can now post an entry about relief.

Yesterday, Ameer Taylor, 32, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison plus an additional 20 years. Taylor was accused of shooting to death 30-year-old Samuel Richardson on June 2, 2005, in Remington.

Richardson's younger sister, Liz Richardson, started a well-publicized blog, called "From My Point of View," about the aftermath of the killing. (lizpoint ofview.blogspot.com)

The jury convicted Taylor, of Springfield, Va., after just a few hours of deliberation. Evidence showed that Taylor had an argument with Samuel Richardson months earlier. Richardson and his girlfriend were on 26th Street, walking home from their jobs, when someone in a car fired two fatal shots, striking Richardson.

Liz Richardson said yesterday that she felt happy and relieved at the verdict and sentence.

Julie Bykowicz

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