Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

May 18, 2007

Police are investigating two east-side shootings

Police were investigating two shootings yesterday on Baltimore County's east side that sent four people to the hospital, authorities said.

No arrests had been made, police said yesterday.

Shortly before 1:20 a.m., an argument began at Coco's Bistro in the 400 block of Eastern Blvd. in Essex, sparking a bouncer at the business to escort a group of men out of the bar, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

Soon after, a second group of men followed the first group outside to a nearby parking lot, where they began fighting, Toohey said.

During the fight, one person pulled out a gun and shot three people and seven cars before fleeing, Toohey said.

The men were treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Toohey said. Police did not release the names of anyone involved.

It was the second shooting outside the bar in seven months. In October, a bouncer was shot while trying to break up a fight among patrons on the parking lot.

Less than three hours after yesterday's shooting, a 36-year-old man was shot on the top of his head in his Dundalk home, police said. That man, Kenneth Aurielo Allen, 36, of the first block of N. Dundalk Ave. was also taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Toohey said.

The shooter fled, police said. The suspect was identified by police as Ricky Kevin Wilkins, 33, of the 6800 block of Holabird Ave. in Dundalk.

Nick Shields

Dundalk

Bank robbery suspect sought

Baltimore County police are searching for a man who robbed a Dundalk bank, authorities said yesterday.

A man walked into a Wachovia Bank branch in the 1600 block of Merritt Blvd. at 5:30 p.m. Friday and handed a teller a note that demanded money, police said.

While the man did not show a weapon, he kept his hand in his shirt, as if he were armed, county police said.

The teller gave the man an undisclosed sum of cash, and the robber walked out of the bank, police said.

It was unclear what direction the man fled after the robbery, police said.

The robber is described as a 5-foot-10-inch man, about 150 pounds, 50 to 55 years old. His hair and mustache are gray, and he wore a long-sleeved shirt with red and yellow stripes, police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP. Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Nick Shields

Countywide

Executive named to advisory board

An official from the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. has been named chairman of the Baltimore County Executive's Advisory Board for Higher Education.

Whiting-Turner Executive Vice President W. Daniel White's appointment was announced yesterday by Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. White succeeds Kevin J. Manning, president of Villa Julie College, who has served as board chairman for three years.

The board is designed to be a forum for business, government and education to address the Baltimore region's work force learning needs. Members include representatives from the region's major colleges and universities, the Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore County public schools, the business community and government.

White is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, where he received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, and Loyola College, where he earned an MBA. White is a graduate of Calvert Hall College High School. He lives in Baltimore County.

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