Randallstown man dies in shooting


May 19, 2007

A 29-year-old Randallstown man who was shot while sitting on his porch died early yesterday, county police said.

The victim was identified by police as Maurice A. Johnson of the 3400 block of Barry Paul Road. Johnson was sitting on the porch about 12:30 a.m. when he heard a loud noise, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

Johnson went inside the house, told family members he had been shot, and collapsed, Toohey said. Johnson's family took him to Northwest Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators said they know of no motive and have no suspects.

Nick Shields and Gus Sentementes


Driver dies after hitting blind man

A Baltimore County motorist died yesterday afternoon after striking a blind pedestrian with his car, which then hit two other vehicles and careened across several lawns before going down an embankment and flipping over, police said.

John Emerson Ridgly, 52, of 100 block Hazel Ave. in Halethorpe died in the accident that occurred just before 1 p.m. at Hilltop Avenue and Hammonds Ferry Road, less than a mile from Ridgly's residence, according to the Baltimore County Police Department.

Ridgly was heading north on Hammonds Ferry when he lost control of his Saturn sedan and struck the male pedestrian on the sidewalk at the intersection with Hilltop Avenue, police said. Ridgly's car then struck an occupied Ford pickup and a parked, unoccupied Ford Taurus, before hitting the curb and traveling across several lawns and overturning, police said. Ridgly was pronounced dead at the scene.

The pedestrian, who is from Silver Spring, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where his condition was unknown yesterday evening; the driver of the pickup was not treated for injuries, police said.

Police did not release the names of the pedestrian or the pickup driver.

The accident was being investigated.

Laura McCandlish


Security upgrade at county buildings

Beginning Monday, visitors to Baltimore County government buildings in Towson will have to go through checkpoints as part of planned security upgrades.

At the Old Court House, 400 Washington Ave., which houses the administrative offices and the County Council chambers, members of the public will be required to use entrances on Pennsylvania Avenue and Chesapeake Avenue.

At the County Office Building at 111 W. Chesapeake Ave., the public will be restricted to the entrance at the front of the building.

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