Essex man charged in Rosedale killing

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

June 09, 2007

An Essex man has been charged in a fatal shooting last month in the Rosedale area, county police said yesterday.

Charles Eugene Duckett Jr., 35, of the 1200 block of Sugarwood Circle is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Richard Theodore Nock Jr. of the 400 block of N. Clinton St. in Baltimore, according to police and charging documents.

About midnight May 10, county police responded to a report of gunshots in the 2000 block of Flintshire Road and found a parked car with its lights on behind a house there, according to charging documents and police.

Police found Nock, 29, shot several times in the upper body, court records show.

During an investigation, county police learned that Nock had been at a party but left to meet a man known as "DC," according to charging documents. After the meeting, Nock then went to a residence where he picked up several thousand dollars in cash, according to charging documents.

He told an acquaintance he was meeting the person he met with earlier in the night, and that if there was any trouble his family should be told it was "DC," according to charging documents.

The investigation, which also included a review of Duckett's cell phone records, led detectives to his arrest early yesterday morning, county police said. The cause of the shooting was unclear yesterday, police said.

Duckett was being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, county police spokesman Bill Toohey said.

Nick Shields

Tufton Avenue

Jewish roadside shrine removed

A Jewish shrine placed along a Baltimore County road in remembrance of a teen who died in a fatal car accident, has been removed, the boy's father said yesterday.

A wooden blue-and-white Star of David, posted on a utility pole on Tufton Avenue near Dover Road, was taken by someone sometime late last week, said Neil Goldberg, whose 18-year-old son, Marc, died in August.

"In my opinion, I think this is pure hatred," Goldberg said, noting that another shrine that contained five crosses remained intact about a quarter-mile away.

"They have five crosses there untouched -- that star, that has been up there for six months, was ripped down," he said.

Authorities had fielded so many complaints about the stretch of Tufton Avenue that the county's public works department ordered a caution sign to warn drivers about the curve where most of the fatalities have occurred. Neil Goldberg said he believes the shrine was stolen Thursday, the same day that his son would have graduated from Franklin High School.

"Anyone who has a child, or lost a child, would not touch something like a shrine to a dead child," he said. "There will be a star back there and there always will be, as long as I'm around."

Goldberg filed a report with county police yesterday afternoon, Bill Toohey, a department spokesman said, adding that no arrests had been made.

Nick Shields

Violetville

Wiring caused warehouse fire

Baltimore County fire investigators have ruled that a six-alarm blaze Sunday at a warehouse in Violetville was an accidental fire caused by an electrical malfunction, officials said yesterday.

Investigators said they based their finding on damaged wiring in the older section of the Wollenweber Trucking and Warehousing complex in the 1400 block of Rome Road. The wiring showed damage that would not have been caused by the fire, investigators said, and the fire started at the location of the damaged wiring.

Investigators added that the cause of the electrical malfunction in the warehouse remains unknown and that they do not know whether the electrical problems were related to an incident that occurred earlier that evening on nearby Taylor Avenue, in which witnesses said they saw sparks in the vicinity of the warehouse.

Investigators reached their findings after talking to dozens of witnesses and electrical experts and after combing through the debris, fire department officials said.

Fire investigators had estimated damages at $15 million to $20 million. The warehouse also had housed offices of the Casey Cares Foundation, which offers programs for sick children and their families.

Countywide

Resident warned of billing scam

Police warned residents yesterday about a scam in which people claim to represent BGE and collect cash from their victims after calling them and saying they have an overdue bill.

Police urged anyone who receives such a call to hang up immediately and alert the police.

On Thursday morning, a woman called a 91-year-old man at home, saying she represented BGE and that the man owed the company $1,000, police said. The man, who lives in the White Marsh area, said he did not have that much money, but he did agree to pay $750.

The woman told the man that a BGE representative would come to his house to collect the money. A man later showed up, took $750 cash from the victim and left, according to police.

The victim then called BGE, which told him they had not sent a representative to his home and that he should report the incident to the police immediately, police said.

The victim could not give police a detailed description of the man who came to his door.

Police ask that anyone who may have been a victim of a similar scam call 911.

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